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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2025 Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant

Applications due Jan. 16

These instructions are for VU investigators. VUMC investigators should visit the OOR funding opportunity site.

Vanderbilt University may submit two letters of intent for the 2025 Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant. The mission of the Breast Cancer Alliance is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure.

This one-year grant for a total of $100,000 recognizes creative, unique and innovative research directly related to the field of breast cancer (see eligibility). Indirect costs, which are included in the $100,000 award, must be limited to 8 percent of total direct costs.

Eligibility criteria

  • The 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.
  • Exceptional Projects are open to clinical doctors and research scientists at any stage of their careers, including postdoctoral fellows whose primary focus is breast cancer.
  • Multiple PIs are allowed.

See the program page for more information.

Internal application instructions

Interested faculty should visit to apply for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity. The deadline for the internal competition is Jan. 16, 2024. 

The selected nominees will submit an LOI by March 31, 2024, and will be informed by the sponsor by mid-May whether they have been invited to proceed with a formal application.

Any questions about this opportunity may be directed to