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Research Grants

BCAN is committed to supporting bladder cancer research. From its inception, BCAN has cultivated a strong partnership with the leading members of the bladder cancer medical community to encourage collaboration among all the parties dedicated to the study of bladder cancer and its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. BCAN’s current research priorities are guided by the Bladder Cancer Research Network (BRCN) Management Committee. Our goal is to identify the best and most promising research that will provide the greatest opportunity to advance the understanding of bladder cancer and how to improve management and treatment of this disease. BCAN raises funds and awards grants to support early career investigators as well as innovative bladder cancer research to develop lifesaving treatments.

Information about applying for grants is available below. Please contact BCAN if you have any questions at

Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award

In 2014, BCAN announced the Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award of $300,000 over a two-year period for an experienced investigator who will break new ground in the field of bladder cancer.  The aim of the award is to support exceptionally novel and creative projects with great potential to produce breakthroughs in the management of bladder cancer.
Award winners by year

Young Investigator Awards

Raising the bar on research, BCAN launched its Young Investigator Awards in 2013. These one year $50,000 grants fund researchers who may be working in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, bioengineering or any other scientific or research field, but are also working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational bladder cancer research. The program was seeded through a $250,000 challenge grant received from the Gerald C. McNamara and Renée K. Petrofes Charitable Fund.


“Since we began our Young Investigator Awards, BCAN has invested more than one million dollars to support early-career investigators. We are pleased to be able to help our promising, early-career research scientists who share in our urgent mission to improve bladder cancer outcomes.”
 – Andrea Maddox-Smith, Chief Executive Officer of BCAN.

Award winners by year

John Quale Travel Fellowship Program

Started in 2009, the John Quale Travel Fellowship Program provides funding to defray travel-related costs for early career investigators interested in bladder cancer research to attend the annual Bladder Cancer Think Tank Meeting, a unique opportunity to meet and learn from leaders in the field. The primary mission of this meeting is to enhance collaboration among physicians and researchers who are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of bladder cancer.  The Travel Fellowship Program seeks to engage more early-career individuals with interests related to bladder cancer including basic scientists, urologists, oncologists, and pathologists. Read about this year’s winners.
Award winners by year


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