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Community-Driven Pilot Studies to Explore Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Consumer Product Availability and Use

To advance our understanding of racial/ethnic disparities in consumer product availability, access, and use among California women and girls, through two community-driven pilot projects

As part of our program-directed initiatives, CBCRP intends to fund two types of projects related to racial/ethnic disparities in consumer product use.    

Given the ethnic diversity of the California population, our conceptualization of factors related to breast cancer disparities could be significantly improved through an understanding of (1) what consumer products are marketed, available in stores, purchased and used by consumers, (2) how patterns vary by ethnicity, and (3) what chemical ingredients are in these consumer products.

Download the full RFP or review the two types of projects below.

Full Request for Proposal (pdf)

Application materials are available on proposalCENTRAL

An informational webinar was held on January 11, 2017.  Use this link to watch the webinar:


Projects I and II will answer the following questions:

  1.  What consumer products are being purchased by women and girls of at least three different race/ethnic backgrounds in California? Examples of the sorts of products to be identified include hair, skin, household cleaning, and home garden.
  2.  What consumer products are sold at, for example, hardware stores, gardening stores, bodegas, salons, and beauty supply stores in and/or serving these populations?
  3.  What chemicals are in the products used by these populations? Based on the results of the survey of product use, select the products of highest interest, for example, the most commonly named products and/or the products with the highest likelihood of toxicity. Conduct a label review for chemicals of relevance to breast cancer toxicity and test products for the presence of chemicals of relevance to breast cancer toxicity. Consider other sources of chemicals in consumer products, for example, from packaging or contaminants from the production facility.

Each project will establish formal research collaborations between a consortium of two or more community organizations, and scientists.

  • Project I: Use existing marketing data to document the sort of consumer products women and girls in California are using.
  • Project II: The collaboration will conduct a pilot survey to gather data on consumer product use, and take store inventory to gather data on availability and access. Pilot project outcomes could lead to a larger scale research project.

Projects I and II will provide opportunities for formal establishment of collaborations across a number of active communities and identification of appropriate scientific partners. It is our expectation that the partnerships built among community‐based organizations and scientists in this initiative will poise teams to apply for future research grants that explore questions inspired from the results of Projects I and II.

Project duration and budget caps for both types of projects

CBCRP intends to fund two types of projects:

  • Project I: Identify and analyze existing marketing data to document the types of consumer products used by women and girls in California, including at least three racial/ethnic groups. Potential products to explore include but are not limited to: skin and hair products, fragrances, household-cleaning products, pesticides, and garden supplies, with a maximum direct cost budget of $250,000 and a maximum duration of 3 years
  • Project II: Document the range of products used by one or more racial/ethnic group in California and where these products are purchased, for example, in ethnic markets or other local venues, with a maximum direct cost budget of $350,000 and a maximum duration of 3 years

For help in determining how you should structure your grant budget(s), please use the Grant Budget Scenarios document for guidance.