Young Investigator Awards

BCAN 2017 Research Awards Press Release

The $50,000, Young Investigator Awards will fund researchers in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, bio-engineering or any other scientific or research field, who are working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational bladder cancer research. These awards are offered to inspire more early career investigators to join the bladder cancer scientific community.

This year, in addition to the Stephen Hale Gushée and JPB Foundation Young Investigator Awards, BCAN is pleased to partner with the GBCI at Johns Hopkins to support up to two additional awards, to be funded by the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute.  “Engaging early career investigators in bladder cancer research, is essential to continue to bring the best minds and science to improve the lives of our patients,” stated Andrea Maddox-Smith, CEO of BCAN.

Applications are open to researchers and clinicians across the United States and Canada. Given BCAN’s position in the bladder cancer community, as well as our relationship with the key members of the research community, we aim to attract the “best and brightest” to compete for these Young Investigator Awards.

Applications are judged on the quality of the applicant’s research plan and the resources and environment available to the applicant, including the ability of the primary mentor and relevant department to provide appropriate guidance and protected time during the award period.  For all questions, please email

There is a two-step review process to select the Award recipients. A multi-disciplinary Scientific Review Group comprised of bladder cancer experts score the applications based on the merits of the research proposals.  The award review process is based on the same peer review system utilized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The final scores for each applicant are then sent to the BCRN Management Committee which accepts the scientific merit scores.  The Management Committee recommends the final award decision for approval by the BCAN Board of Directors.  Only the best research projects are funded.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Please click this link to access the full Young Investigator Award Application Guidelines.

Online Application