Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award

Grant Overview and Scope

The BCAN Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Awards support exceptionally novel, high-risk, high-reward projects with great potential to produce breakthroughs in our understanding of bladder cancer. The proposed research may be basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological and must have direct applicability and relevance to bladder cancer and/or upper tract urothelial carcinoma. Applications must include innovative approaches and new ideas (e.g., novel theoretical concepts, methodologies, instrumentation, interventions, etc.) to be eligible for funding. Projects must address an important problem and/or critical barrier to progress as well as a significant knowledge gap in the field of bladder cancer research.

Who is eligible?

  • Full time, independent investigators affiliated with a non-profit academic, medical or research institution within the United States or Canada.
  • Applicant must have a medical and/or doctoral degree (including Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.D.S, D.V.M, Pharm.D., Sc.D., D.N.S. or equivalent doctoral degree) at the time of submission. If the applicant’s primary area of expertise is outside of bladder cancer, including a Co-Primary Investigator with expertise in bladder cancer research is acceptable and recommended.
  • Applicant may not have previously received a BCAN Research Innovation Award nor have other funding with significant scientific overlap.
  • Applicants may hold only one active grant from BCAN at a time and may not apply for this award and for any other BCAN research award concurrently.

*Investigators with relevant expertise outside of bladder cancer seeking to apply novel approaches to bladder cancer are encouraged to apply.

What are the grant funds and project periods?

Project Period: 2 years

Total Funding: Not to exceed $300,000 including direct and indirect costs.

*For institutions that mandate payment of indirect costs, a maximum of 10% of the total direct costs may be used for this purpose.

What are the key dates to remember?

The 2024 award cycle for the Research Innovation Awards is currently closed. Please continue to check back for updates regarding the 2025 award cycle.

More information

Learn more about the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network’s research grant program as well as additional funding opportunities.


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