One in eight women will face breast cancer during their lifetime. In the United States, this translates to a woman being diagnosed with the disease every three seconds. But great strides have been made against breast cancer in recent decades largely due to increased amounts of medical research. 20 years ago, only 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer went on to live an additional 5 years. Today, this number is 85%. In addition to merely improving treatment techniques, medical research into breast cancer has also led to better methods of early detection. And when caught early, 98% of women who are diagnosed become cancer survivors. The following foundations provide valuable funding for breast cancer research. Their research grants continue the work to even the odds in the fight against the disease.
Avon Foundation for Women
Since 1999, Avon has funded projects looking into breast cancer with $175 million in total donations. And most of this money is raised through small $5 to $10 donations. It offers grants of up to $300,000 each for 2 year research projects. The yearly process starts with submissions of letters of intent which are due each January. It then selects those it wishes to review proposals from by invitation only. Grants are awarded in July, September and December depending on region. If you have any questions about applying for the grants offered by the Avon Foundation, email Carolyn Ricci at email@example.com.
Mary Kay Foundation
Mary Kay Ash formed this foundation in 1996. Over the years, it has supported breast cancer research with over $19.6 million in funding, currently offering $1 million a year in grants. Grant recipients are selected by the foundation’s board of directors based on recommendations put forth by the Mary Kay Foundation Research Review Committee. Grant recipients must be researchers at medical schools. Grants are offered for $100,000 each. The foundation accepts applications yearly from November to February.
Susan G. Komen
Nancy G. Brinker started this non-profit organization shortly after loosing her own sister Susan G. Komen to breast cancer. Its commitment to medical research started with one small $28,000 grant in 1982. It has since pumped nearly $800 million into similar grants, making it the largest non-government contributor to the breast cancer research cause. It offers large 3 year grants of up to $450,000 known as Career Catalyst Research Grants available to those in their early years of a career in medical research. It also provides recent graduates with Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants of $60,000 per year. In addition to those programs, Komen supports training programs for groups of graduate students to the tune of $135,000 for up to 3 years. For more information about any of the Susan G. Komen research funding opportunities, call toll-free at 1-866-921-9678 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.