These instructions are for VU investigators. VUMC investigators should visit the OOR funding opportunity site.
Vanderbilt University may submit two applications for the Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) Young Investigator Grants. The mission of the BCA is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research, the BCA invites clinical doctors and research scientists (including postdocs) whose primary focus is breast cancer research and who are in the early stages of their career to apply for the Young Investigator Grant. This two-year, $125,000 grant is intended to help advance the careers of young researchers in breast cancer who do not yet have their own major grant support. Administrative costs, which are included in the $125,000 award, must be limited to 8 percent of grant funds.
- Applicant must not have held a tenure-track faculty position for more than four years as of March 1, 2022;
- Applicant must not have been a principal investigator on an NIH R01 or equivalent national/international non-mentored award;
- Applicant must dedicate at least 50 percent of their work effort to research;
- Research project must be directly related to the field of breast cancer. Areas of relevant research may include, but are not limited to, diagnosis, etiology, immunology, genetics, therapies, prevention and clinical studies.
- Current postdoctoral fellows who do not yet hold a faculty position are eligible to apply, provided they meet all of the other stated criteria for young investigators.
Note: If you have already submitted an LOI for an Exceptional Project Grant but were not asked to submit a full proposal, you are ineligible to submit the same proposal for Young Investigator Grants.