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Program Initiatives Round 3

Supporting coordinated, directed research that addresses strategic needs in breast cancer research.

The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) Program Initiatives integrate expertise and experience from a range of stakeholders to identify compelling research questions and fund research projects that help find solutions to reduce suffering from breast cancer and move science closer to eliminating the disease. The initiative engages scientists, advocates, people impacted by breast cancer, and the broad community in a dialogue to frame research priorities and fund meaningful research.

In 2004, CBCRP launched its Special Research Initiatives, devoting 30% of research funds to research to environmental causes of breast cancer and the unequal burden of the disease. In 2010, CBCRP launched its second round of Program Initiatives, adding population-level prevention interventions as a target area, devoting 50% of its funds to these priority areas. In 2015, the Council approved setting aside 50% of CBCRP funds for a third round of Program Initiatives.

For this round, research focus areas, as determined by the Council, are:

  • Identify and eliminate environmental contributors to breast cancer.
  • Identify and eliminate fundamental causes of health disparities with a focus on breast cancer in California.
  • Develop and test population-level prevention interventions that incorporate approaches to address the needs of the underserved and/or populations experiencing disparities in the burden of breast cancer.

The planning process in underway and is scheduled to finish in 2022. CBCRP anticipates that it will begin releasing funding opportunities from this third round of Program Initiatives as early as 2020.