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Competitive Research Grant Program - Equitable Care of Metastatic Breast Cancer (mBC) Patients: A Phased Approach to Understanding and Addressing Healthcare Disparities for People of Color

Grants to USA Cancer Institutions and Centers, Hospitals, and Healthcare
Networks for Research on Racial Inequity in Breast Cancer Care

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Conquer Cancer, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Foundation and Pfizer Global Medical Grants

Deadline Date:

08/04/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA cancer institutions and centers, hospitals, and healthcare networks for research on racial inequity related to breast cancer healthcare. Funding is intended to support studies that explore disparities in treatment, care, and patient outcomes for BIPOC patients with metastatic breast cancer.

Competitive Research Grant Program - Equitable Care of Metastatic Breast Cancer (mBC) Patients: A Phased Approach to Understanding and Addressing Healthcare Disparities for People of Color

Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation and Pfizer Global Medical Grants are collaborating to offer a research grant funding opportunity to promote the advancement of scientific knowledge concerning equitable care of metastatic breast cancer (mBC) patients. This research grant program will employ data-driven frameworks to define and address inequities in the delivery of care and outcomes for patients of color with metastatic breast cancer. This program is aligned with the theme of the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting; Equity: Every Patient. Every Day. Everywhere.

The research areas of interest for this RFP are:

  • Understanding racial disparities in the access to and delivery of treatment and supportive care, including psychosocial and palliative care, for patients with metastatic breast cancer.
  • Understanding racial disparities in the outcomes for patients with metastatic breast cancer.
  • Systematic analyses of disparities within care delivery systems and communities.

The overall aim is to identify disparities in delivery of care and treatment outcomes for patients of color with metastatic breast cancer, based on a specific understanding of the variables that may be related to the inequity. Variables can include socioeconomic factors, as well as other variables, as identified through research, of a given care delivery system and the communities served by the system. Studies supported by this program should support models to facilitate similar analyses aimed at identifying inequities in other health care systems.

Proposals should focus on specific gaps in research, practice, or care. 

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197401

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 10 projects will be awarded funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual projects requesting up to $150,000 will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start and End Dates: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

The RFP for second phase funding is anticipated to be available in early 2023. Only organizations that successfully completed their initial research projects will be invited to participate.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible:
• The institution and principal investigator (PI) must be based in the United States.
• Eligible institutions include Academic Cancer Centers, Healthcare Delivery Networks, and large Community Cancer Centers or Hospitals.
• Only organizations are eligible to receive grants, not individuals or physician-owned medical group practices.
• The applicant (PI) must have a medical or postdoctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent), an advanced nursing degree (BSN with a MS/PhD), or a degree in Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, or Social Work.
• The principal investigator (PI) must be affiliated with the applicant institution.

Collaboration between institutions and related community partners is strongly encouraged.

Individuals and medical practice groups are not eligible to apply.

Please note that basic and translational (e.g. pre-clinical) studies addressing disparities in mBC outcomes, as well as clinical trials, are not appropriate for this funding opportunity.

No funding for capital equipment is allowed.

Any proposal submitted with a commercialization component will be considered out of scope and not reviewed.

Grant funds cannot be used for overhead costs. Institutional overhead costs, are costs to the institution for the support of your project. These costs are not easily identifiable in an economically feasible way as exclusively related to a particular project but are necessary to administer the grant. Some examples of these costs are human resources department costs, payroll processing and accounting costs, janitorial services, utilities, property taxes, property and liability insurance, and building maintenance. Overhead rates of up to 28% of the total direct costs may be supported by Pfizer.

Not funded:
- Support for ongoing clinical programs that are part of an organization’s routine operations
- Proposals that do not focus on listed strategies for each therapeutic area except as specified in the RFP posting.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: August 4, 2021, 11:59 PM ET

Estimated Key Dates:
• RFP release date: 6/4/2021
• Grant Application due date: 8/4/2021. Please note the deadline is 23:59 Eastern Standard Time (e.g. New York, GMT -5).
• Anticipated Grant Award Notification Date: 11/1/21
• Anticipated Project Start and End Dates: 1/1/2022 to 12/31/2022
• Grantee Meeting to take place in late 2022 to share progress and ideas with other researchers in the cohort.
• The RFP for second phase funding is anticipated to be available in early 2023. Only organizations that successfully completed their initial research projects will be invited to participate.

Collaboration with community agencies, advocacy organizations and organizations aligned with the mission to eliminate racial health care disparities is expected to help inform the research studies and understand healthcare disparities for mBC patients of color. Investigators are encouraged to engage with these groups in the development of this proposal, as well as the design and implementation of potential solutions.

Achieving health equity will require the engagement of the patients who will be impacted by this work. All proposals must ensure that the research reflects the needs of patients with mBC, particularly those from underserved communities, and must be developed with the participation of a patient advocate.

Successful applicants to this RFP will be expected to share the initial results of their research at a future grantee meeting to be convened by Conquer Cancer in late 2022. They will also be invited to submit applications to an anticipated Pfizer-funded RFP in early 2023 to implement any of the potential solutions to the care disparities uncovered during the initial project term.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

For questions regarding this RFP, please direct them in writing to:

Conquer Cancer Scientific Review Officer
Andrew L. Smith, PhD


Pfizer Grant Officer
Dewayne Brumlow

Subject line: 2021 Equitable Care of mBC Patients, 06.04.21

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