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Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Awards

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Grants to USA and Canada medical investigators affiliated with nonprofit research institutions for research related to bladder cancer. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for research that will result in a greater understanding of the management of bladder cancer.

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) is pleased to announce that it will again offer two Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Awards in 2022. This marks the second consecutive year that BCAN will grant two Innovation Awards to support experienced investigators with exceptionally novel and creative projects designed to produce significant advances in the understanding of the management of bladder cancer. 

The BCAN Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Awards support high-risk, high-reward projects with great potential to produce breakthroughs in the understanding of bladder cancer. The proposed research may be basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological and must have direct applicability and relevance to bladder cancer. Applications must include innovative approaches and new ideas to be eligible for funding.

Projects that are high-risk and high-reward, as opposed to incremental in nature, are required. Essential elements of this award mechanism include the following: does the project address (i) an important problem and/or critical barrier to progress in the field of bladder cancer research? (ii) an area in which there is a significant gap in current knowledge?

The award is for direct research expenses, which may include salary and benefits for postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, and/or research assistants; research/lab supplies; and equipment. Awardees are expected to attend the annual Bladder Cancer Think Tank meeting in August 2023 and are required to present the results of the funded research during the 2024 Think Tank meeting.

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GrantWatch ID#: 200261

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$300,000 for two years ($150,000 per year)

Term of Contract:

- Two years
- The second year of funding is dependent on approval after a one-year progress report has been submitted and reviewed by BCAN.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These awards are available to full time, independent investigators affiliated with non-profit academic, medical or research institutions within the United States or Canada. Eligible applicants include investigators who have experience in other areas of cancer or biomedical and health science research with promising approaches that can be applied to bladder cancer research.

1. Applicant must have a medical and/or doctoral degree (including Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.D.S, D.V.M, Pharm.D., Sc.D., D.N.S. or equivalent doctoral degree) in the biomedical sciences or in a field applicable to health science research.
2. Applicant must be an independent investigator employed by a non-profit academic, medical or research institution within the United States or Canada. Proof of permanent resident status or a valid work visa is required if the applicant is not an American or Canadian citizen.
3. Employees or subcontractors of for-profit private industry are not eligible for the award but may serve as Collaborators for another applicant.
4. Applicant may not have another Innovation Award or other funding with significant scientific overlap.
5. Eligible applicants are allowed to hold only one active grant from BCAN at a time.
6. Investigators may submit only one Letter of Intent for a Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award and may not apply both for this Award and for any other BCAN Research Award.
7. BCAN will not discriminate based on gender, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, age or any other factor irrelevant to the quality of the Letter of Intent.
8. Applications may have co-principal investigators (PI). However, applicants should make the rationale for this choice clear to the reviewers.

Applications lacking innovative approaches will be considered non-responsive to this funding mechanism.

Pre-Application Information:

Interested applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by Wednesday, January 12, 2022 by 5:00 PM EST and must be invited to submit a full application.

Applicants will be notified of the decision status of the Letter of Intent by Friday, February 25, 2022, and the deadline for complete applications will be Monday, April 11, 2022. The award decision will be announced in July 2022.

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