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BCRFA Announces 2023 Funding Opportunities

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) seeks to accelerate breast cancer research in Alabama through its annual grant cycle. Any and all areas of breast cancer research will be considered for funding.

The number of grant awards will be based on available funding. Grants will be $100,000 ($50,000 for one year with an additional $50,000 for a second year based on first-year outcomes and reporting).   

The BCRFA is a nonprofit organization raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research in Alabama. Since its founding in 1996, the organization has invested almost $14 million in cutting-edge breast cancer research initiatives across the state.

Proposals will be accepted from August 1 – October 2, 2023. Submission instructions are below.

Funding Goals

  • Support new avenues of yet-unfunded cancer research
  • Catalyze basic research into translational research
  • Propel early-stage breast cancer research into well-developed investigations able to attract high-level funding from national research institutes
  • Offer hope and save lives by ultimately eliminating breast cancer as a public health threat

Funding Limitations

Use of BCRFA funds is limited to personnel, supplies, and/or services directly required for the project. Funds may not be used for investigator salaries, indirect costs, and/or travel. The BCRFA will only fund one proposal per investigator at a time. Researchers currently receiving support from the BCRFA are not eligible.

This year the BCRFA will fund breast cancer research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) via UAB’s fall O’Neal Invests cycle. UAB researchers should not submit a proposal directly to the BCRFA.

Proposal Requirements

  • Cover page with: A descriptive title of the research project and primary investigator’s contact information (include NIH style biosketch of PI or Co-PIs)
  • Abstract in layman’s terms, including hypothesis, relevance, significance, and innovation (abstract does not count toward page limitation but should be no more than one page)
  • Project overview, including:
    • Specific aims, background, and key data to support your hypothesis (figures/graphs may be used within page limitations)
    • Description of how you will test the hypothesis
    • Summary of expected outcomes and how completion of this project could support a future grant application 
  • Project budget (NIH template or other format accepted) noting specifically how BCRFA funds will be utilized
  • Outcomes of past projects funded by the BCRFA, if applicable.
  • Application page limit: 3 pages. Cover page, abstract, budget, references, and biographical sketches are not included in the total page count.
  • Submission procedure: Submit proposal as a single PDF to [email protected]

Proposal Submission and Funding Timeline

  • Proposals will be accepted between August 1, 2023, and October 2, 2023. Proposals submitted after October 2 will not be considered.
  • Grant Award Notifications: November 30, 2023
  • Funds Disbursement: December 15, 2023


Grant recipients will be required to submit a progress and funding utilization report within nine months of receipt of funds. All publications must acknowledge BCRFA funding.

Contact for Submission + Questions

All proposals and questions should be sent to:

Beth Bradner Davis, President & CEO  |  [email protected]  |  (205) 413-4600

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