Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Grant

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network offers Young Investigator Awards. The deadline to submit applications is March 4. There will be up to two awards of $100,000 each over a two-year period.

The deadline to submit applications is March 4, 2015. For 2015 there will be up to two awards of $100,000 each over a two-year period.

 Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has identified the following private funding opportunity:

Young Investigator Awards

The application process is now open for BCAN’s Young Investigator Awards. The deadline to submit applications is March 4, 2015. For 2015 there will be up to two awards of $100,000 each over a two-year period.

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Guidelines for the 2015 Young Investigator Awards

Press Release for the 2015 Young Investigator Awards

 Raising the bar on research, BCAN launched its Young Investigator Awards in 2013, comprised of three research awards of $100,000 each, over a two-year period. The goal of these grants is to support the development of outstanding research scientists and clinical cancer research investigators who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the understanding and treatment of bladder cancer.  These grants fund researchers who work in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, bioengineering or any other scientific or research field, but are also working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational bladder cancer research. 

BCAN would like to recognize the generosity of The JPB Foundation for under-writing two of the 2014 Young Investigator Awards.  The New York based philanthropy works to enhance the quality of life in the United States through transformational initiatives that promote the health of our communities by creating opportunities for those in poverty, promoting pioneering medical research, and enriching and sustaining our environment.

The program was seeded through a $250,000 challenge grant received from the Gerald C. McNamara and Renée K. Petrofes Charitable Fund. BCAN responded by raising more than $500,000 in additional private funds to further develop the program. In its inaugural year, BCAN distributed three awards with two of them named after prominent supporters of bladder cancer research whose families have been directly affected by the disease: the Raymond and Maria Floyd Family Young Investigator Award and the James Family Young Investigator Award.

 BCAN President and Co-Founder, Diane Zipursky Quale, remarked on the impact a program of this magnitude can have on bladder cancer research.  “We are excited about being able to offer awards that are large enough to have significant impact on new research being undertaken throughout the country,” she said.  “Research in bladder cancer is woefully underfunded, so we are incredibly grateful to our supporters for contributing private dollars to help young, innovative investigators stay in the field of bladder cancer research.” 

Applications are open to researchers and clinicians across the United States and Canada. Given BCAN’s position in the bladder cancer community, as well as our relationship with the key members of the research community, we aim to attract the “best and brightest” to compete for these Young Investigator Awards. 

Applications are judged on the quality of the applicant’s research plan and the resources and environment available to the applicant, including the ability of the primary mentor and relevant department to provide appropriate guidance and protected time during the award period. Please check back here for information about applying for the 2014 Young Investigator Awards. For all questions, please email 

There is a two-step review process to select the Award recipients. A multi-disciplinary Scientific Review Group comprised of bladder cancer experts score the applications based on the merits of the research proposals.  The award review process is based on the same peer review system utilized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The final scores for each applicant are then sent to the BCRN Management Committee which accepts the scientific merit scores.  The Management Committee recommends the final award decision for approval by the BCAN Board of Directors.  Only the best research projects are funded. 

In addition to the Young Investigator Awards, BCAN announced the Bladder Cancer Innovation Research Award in January 2014.  This new award, supported by the James Family Foundation, in conjunction with Partner Fund Management, will support the work of one investigator with an exceptionally novel and creative project with great potential to produce a breakthrough in the management of bladder cancer.  The Innovation Award will fund $300,000 over two years.  Applicants may apply for one award – the Young Investigator Award or the Innovation Research Award.

 The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. Email or phone 919.962.3423.

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