U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

Point of Contact:
Chuck Dasey, (301) 619-7071

February 17, 2000
For Immediate Release:
Department of Defense Releases Breast Cancer Research Program Concept Award

The Fiscal Year 1999 (FY99) Defense Appropriations Act provided funds to the Department of Defense to support research to eradicate breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP), administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), has funded a diverse research portfolio since 1992.

Approximately $3.5M of the BCRPÂ’s FY99 appropriation has been set aside for Concept Awards. The intent of Concept Awards is to fund an initial concept or theory that could give rise to a testable hypothesis. The CDMRP is soliciting electronic submissions for short (approximately one-page) Concept Award proposals. Concept Awards can be requested for $50,000 for direct costs over a 1-year performance period, plus indirect costs as appropriate. The receipt deadline is April 12, 2000. These awards will be reviewed and negotiated expeditiously so that research dollars will be available no later than September 30, 2000.

Concept Awards encourage the exploration of untested, innovative questions in breast cancer. The proposal should represent a new paradigm, challenge existing paradigms, or look at an existing problem from a new perspective. Eligible applicants must have a masters or doctoral degree from an accredited institution and access to the necessary space and equipment to perform the proposed studies. All individuals, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, may apply as long as they are employed by an eligible institution.

To obtain a copy of the Concept Award Program Announcement and electronic Concept Proposal Submission Form, visit the CDMRP web site at Additional information about the BCRP and other CDMRP-sponsored programs and events can also be found on the web site at