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2021 Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Awards

December 2, 2020 | BCAN is pleased to announce two 2021 Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Awards to support the work of investigators with exceptionally novel and creative projects with great potential to produce breakthroughs in our understanding of the management of bladder cancer. Two proposals will be funded for $300,000 at $150,000 per year. The proposed research may be basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological and must have direct applicability and relevance to bladder cancer. Innovation, either conceptual or technological, is essential.

The Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Awards are available to full-time, independent investigators who are affiliated with a non-profit academic, medical, or research institution within the United States or Canada. Eligible recipients include investigators who have experience in other areas of cancer or biomedical/health science research with promising ideas and approaches that can be applied to bladder cancer research. Projects that are high-risk and high-reward, as opposed to incremental in nature, are required. BCAN encourages diversity in applicants.

Essential elements of this award mechanism include the following: (i) does the project address an important problem and/or critical barrier to progress in the field of bladder cancer research? (ii) does the project address an area in which there is a significant gap in current knowledge? (iii) is the project highly innovative?

New ideas and innovative approaches may include, but are not limited to, those that utilize novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions.  Proposals for innovative projects that lay the groundwork necessary to prepare and submit a competitive research grant application to a major funding agency are encouraged.

The Awardees are expected to attend the annual Bladder Cancer Think Tank meeting in August 2022 and to present the results of the funded research during the 2023 Think Tank meeting.

Interested applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

For all questions please contact grants@bcan.org.