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Request for Applications: The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation 2009 Granting Process

The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing critical funding to researchers investigating breast cancer cures and patient treatment options. Terri Brodeur, the Foundationís namesake, was presented with Stage 4 Breast Cancer in June 2003. Effective treatment options did not exist to help Terri. After a two-year battle, marked by courage, grace, and dignity, at the young age of 41 years, Terri succumbed to the disease, leaving behind a beloved husband and three cherished children. The Foundation is founded on the pledge of delivering 100 percent of gross fundraising dollars to breast cancer science. The Foundationís Grant Program seeks to augment clinical and pre-clinical fellowships in high impact, breast cancer therapeutic research areas.
This award is intended to support researchers who have received their doctorate to enable them to qualify for an independent career in breast cancer research. The foundations seeks to fund broadly across all relevant disciplines and as such focus areas can include basic, preclinical and clinical research. The award period is for two years with an interim renewal to occur at one year. Stipends are $45,000 per year, with an additional $5,000 allocated for institutional overhead costs.  
Foundation awards are intended to support young doctoral researchers, enabling them to more expediently develop independent careers geared toward breast cancer science. The foundation maintains the highest standards and thus no minimum quota of grants are made in any one year. However, the committee will seek to fund as many fellowships as is financially possible
Prospective applicants are expected to submit a research plan, pre-approved by their prospective supervisor, to the foundationís Scientific Advisory Committee. The research plan must be fundamentally sound and will include statements of: (a) The scientific and technical merit of the research question; (b) The design, methodology, and feasibility of the study; (c) The relevance of the proposed research plan to the applicantís career objectives; (d) The medical and health significance of the proposed research to breast cancer prevention, control and/or treatment; and (e) The appropriateness of the research plan as a vehicle for developing necessary research skills.  The applicant should also present evidence of the institutional commitment to the development of the applicant; the quality and relevance of the training environment and mentored relationship for the professional development of the applicant; the adequacy of the research facilities and training opportunities for the proposed project; and the appropriateness of the facilities and environmental resources available to the candidate. The application should not exceed 10 pages in length. However, the review committee reserves the option of asking applicants for additional supportive information. Also include a budget, letter(s) of support from appllicant's mentor, and institutional letter of support.
The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation obtains its funds principally from private and corporate donations collected annually by our volunteers, and through organized fundraising events approved by the Foundation.

A preliminary application is mandatory for those applying for a 2009 fellowship grant and must be submitted by October 15, 2008. Proposals should be submitted as a hard copy as well as sent electronically to the addresses given below:

The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation
PO Box 785
New London, CT 06320
Attn: Dr. Nicholas A. Saccomano


Applications will be reviewed promptly by the scientific advisory committee.  Depending on the grant, the committee will evaluate applications based on the following criteria: (a) the scientific merit, originality, and feasibility of the application; (b) the qualifications, experience and productivity of the applicant, and the members of the investigative team; (c) the facilities and resources available; and (d) the promise of the research or training as related to the control of breast cancer or to the benefit to be gained by persons with breast cancer. The evaluations of the committee are provided to the Foundationís Board of Directors. After considering the relative merit of the applications, the amount of available funds and the Foundationís objectives, the board will determine which grants will be funded. Applications that are not funded may be revised and resubmitted.
Approximately one month after receipt of the application, the applicant will receive an email acknowledgment confirming receipt of application and an approximate date upon which the committee will communicate a decision back to the applicant.
Publications resulting from research, or training activities supported by the American Cancer Society, must contain the following acknowledgment: "Supported by Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer FoundationĒ.

Please contact Terence F. McGowan, DF/HCC Director of Development, if you plan to apply.