LOI Deadline: January 31st 2014. 
Funding: Up to $300,000 over two years

The Avon Foundation for Women continues its search for new preventive strategies to address the growing number of breast cancer cases around the globe. To develop new strategies to prevent breast cancer, the 2014 Avon Foundation Research Program seeks proposals for projects seeking to understand the causes of breast cancer in people; changes in breast cells that give rise to cancer; markers for the disease; and how breast cancer progresses.

Priority will be given to research focused on new preventive strategies; the role of endogenous and exogenous environmental factors in the development of breast cancer; metastases and new treatments for metastatic breast cancer; and clinically applicable assays or diagnostic tests that are predictive of breast cancer risk or that can be used to monitor changes in healthy breast tissue over time.

Proposals may request up to $300,000 over two years. Applications involving multiple institutions or collaborators in need of a higher level of funding are encouraged to contact the foundation.

Investigators at academic, nonprofit, and government institutions in the United States are eligible to apply. Applications also will be accepted from for-profit diagnostic, device, and biotechnology companies if they are clearly developing new tests or assays relevant to breast cancer detection or risk assessment.

The foundation will choose by February 28, 2014, a small set of LOIs it would like to see proceed. Invited organizations will be required to submit a full proposal by March 28, 2014. See the Avon Foundation for Women Web site for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

For more information, please refer to the RFP:  http://www.avonfoundation.org/grants/breast-cancer/research-grant-guidelines/