The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is committed to funding breast cancer research, education and awareness programs and advocacy, and has been for 25 years.
Our rigorous grant review process and focus on the full spectrum of breast cancer research, education, advocacy and other cause related work establishes the Foundation as a respected leader in the breast cancer community.
Our commitment to funding breast cancer research is strong, and in fact, the Foundation is committed to a national research funding opportunity, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation National Grant Competition.
Breast cancer is a complex disease that affects people’s lives in many ways. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s vision is to create a future without breast cancer by working collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for relevant and innovative breast cancer research, meaningful education and awareness programs, early diagnosis and effective treatment, and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer.
Grant Funding Priorities
Major funding priorities range from supporting an improved quality of life for those diagnosed with breast cancer, to increasing knowledge with regard to risk reduction practices and the benefits of early detection. Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants:
These are awarded to qualified PhD graduates to provide assistance in launching a career in social, clinical or basic science breast cancer research. Learn more about recently awarded Fellowship grants.
Today, prevention, treatment and diagnostic research are recognized as critical components of creating a future without breast cancer. The Region annually invests in a comprehensive portfolio of innovative research studies that are moving us closer to a future without breast cancer. The Region releases a call for breast cancer research proposals once a year to researchers in the Region. Learn more about funded Research Grants.
Specific Research Grant Funding Priorities
- RISK PREDICTION AND REDUCTION RESEARCH to help determine individual levels – low, medium or high – of risk of breast cancer and develop methods to identify and reduce those risk levels for individuals.
- EARLY DETECTION, including research that assists in finding cancer before symptoms are caused, to provide opportunities for early treatment, which will improve patient survival rates and quality of life.
- DIAGNOSIS/PROGNOSIS AND RESPONSE PREDICTION through research investments in genome, biomarkers, genetics, and the biology of cancer and breast cancer subtypes.
- TARGETED TREATMENT to assist in slowing cancer growth, killing cancer cells, or relieving cancer symptoms in order to move toward the development of customized treatment.
Grant Funding Decision Making Process
Guided by principles of rigour, accountability, fairness and transparency, the region is committed to ensuring grant investments made on behalf of its donors and supporters are focused on impacting the lives of those most affected by breast cancer. 1. Call for Proposals
– Once a year the Region issues a call for proposals in the Research, Fellowship and Community grant streams across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Applicants are encouraged to submit their funding proposals for consideration.2. Peer Reviewed
– Impartial, expert peer reviewers are secured to thoroughly evaluate, rate and rank the proposals against a set of standardized criteria including: importance and originality of the proposed project; quality and feasibility of the project design; adherence to ethical principles; and fit with the purpose and requirements of the Region. Through a series of reviews, funding recommendations are put forth to the Region’s Board of Directors for final funding decisions.3. Funding Awarded
– Approved grant recipients in all funding streams receive their funding in annual installments and participate in a thorough progress reporting program. Annually, the results of the Region’s funding decisions are communicated via media, the website and regional print publications.
4. Show Results – Grant recipients are required to share their findings with the Region through the submission of formal written reports.