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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grants; deadline is May 13

Apr. 12, 2022, 4:16 PM

These instructions are for VUMC investigators. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to

Vanderbilt University may submit 2 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% of grant funds.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must not have held a tenure-track faculty position for more than four years as of March 1, 2023;
  • 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% 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 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 Grant.

See the guidelines for more information.

Internal Application Instructions

Anyone interested in being considered as one of VUMC’s nominees must submit the following (in a single PDF) to by 5 p.m. on May 13: 

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan including summary budget
    1. Research plan should include project title and hypothesis, research aim(s) and methods, and brief discussion of the project’s potential impact.
  2. Statement of support from department chair/center director
  3. Biosketch in current NIH format

Please combine your materials into a single PDF and reference the program name in the subject line of the email. Any questions may be directed to

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