Breast Cancer Research Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation awards grants for scientific research. Areas of focus include tumor biology, heredity and ethnicity, lifestyle and prevention, treatment, survivorship, and metastasis.

IP TAKE: While this funder discourages unsolicited requests for funding, it would not hurt for grantseekers to get in contact and make an introduction. The foundation is a good resource for scientists taking novel approaches to breast cancer research.

PROFILE: In 1993 Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, along with Dr. Larry Norton, were sitting around the Lauder’s kitchen table when they started talking about breast cancer. That conversation led them to establish the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BRCF)—years prior to Evelyn Lauder’s early-stage breast cancer diagnosis. According to the BCRF website, when the Lauders and Dr. Norton established the foundation, “they realized the irrefutable power of research,” and the approach necessary to advance innovative research—money, flexibility, and as little red tape as possible.

BCRF supports individual researchers whose work aligns with its areas of focus. The foundation currently prioritizes approaches to breast cancer research that investigate heredity and ethnicity, lifestyle and prevention, metastasis, survivorship, treatment, and tumor biology. BCRF relies on its Scientific Advisory Board to inform grantmaking decisions, which often support scientists “whose thinking has demonstrated the potential to advance the prevention, understanding, and treatment” of breast cancer.

BCRF generally awards grants up to $250,000. Review the foundation’s previous grantees to get a sense of what sort of research they support.

BCRF’s Scientific Advisory Board generally invites proposals in the spring and reviews them during the summer. Unsolicited proposals are rarely considered.

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