Request for Breast Cancer Research Proposals

Full Proposal Mechanism Non-Pilot Award

Applications due: 5:00 pm Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In 1997, through Act 434, The Arkansas Breast Cancer Act, the Arkansas General Assembly authorized monies to “support research efforts into the cause, cure, treatment, earlier detection and prevention of breast cancer,” through the creation of the Arkansas Breast Cancer Research Program (ABCRP). The goal of ABCRP is to fund research that supports the mission of ABCRP, as defined above, and complements federally funded research.

Eligibility: Applicants must be professionals based at an academic institution in Arkansas and must have an advanced degree (e.g., MD, PhD, MPH). Graduate students, residents and fellows are not eligible to apply. Applications must propose breast cancer research that will support the mission of ABCRP as defined above. Relevance of the proposed project to breast cancer must be obvious; proposals with only a partial or vague relevance to breast cancer will not be considered.

Award: ABCRP will fund research proposals with a maximum budget of $250,000. Funding is for one year beginning September 1, 2015 and ending August 31, 2016. Announcement of awards will occur in late July. The number of proposals that will be funded is not predetermined. Proposals for less than $75,000 will not be considered under the full proposal mechanism.

Review: Proposals will be considered by an independent peer-review panel with expertise in basic, translational and clinical cancer research. The review panel will make funding recommendations to the ABCRP Oversight Committee, which will then make all final funding decisions at its annual meeting in August 2015.

Allowable expenses and collaborations: Indirect costs are not allowed. Restricted but allowable expenses include: maximum 30% salary support for faculty members, maximum $20,000 equipment budget and maximum $1,500 travel budget. Out of state Co-Is and out-of-state services are allowed, but costs should be kept to a minimum, as this program is funded by the State of Arkansas with the intention of funding breast cancer research efforts within the state. All out of state collaborations should be directly addressed and clearly justified in the proposal.

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Pilot Mechanism Award

Applications due: 5:00 pm Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Eligibility: Applicants must be professionals based at an academic institution in Arkansas and must have an advanced degree (e.g., MD, PhD, MPH). Graduate students, residents and fellows are not eligible to apply. Applications must propose breast cancer research that will support the mission of ABCRP as defined above. Previous ABCRP awardees may apply for pilot funds; however, a detailed explanation of how the newly proposed project differs from the previously funded ABCRP project must be provided in the proposal application. Proposals to expand or extend projects previously funded by ABCRP will not be considered through this pilot funding mechanism. The goal of this pilot funding program is to provide seed money for the collection of data that enables future funding from extramural sources.

Award: ABCRP will fund research proposals with a maximum budget of $75,000. Exceptions may be made for extraordinary proposals. Funding is for one year beginning September 1, 2015 and ending August 31, 2016. Announcement of awards will occur in late July. The number of proposals that will be funded is not predetermined.

Review: Proposals will be initially considered by an independent peer-review panel with expertise in basic, translational and clinical cancer research. The review panel will make funding recommendations to the ABCRP Oversight Committee, which will then make all final funding decisions at its annual meeting in August 15.

Allowable expenses and collaborations: Indirect costs are not allowed. Non-UAMS faculty members may request up to 20% effort for salary. Salary support for UAMS faculty members is not available through this funding mechanism. While it is permissible to use 100% of the award for personnel costs, it is not advisable; if this is requested, it needs to be well justified in the proposal. Out of state Co-Is and out-of-state services are allowed, but costs should be kept to a minimum, as this program is funded by the State of Arkansas with the intention of funding breast cancer research efforts within the state.

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