Released: September 11, 2012

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program
Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2012

The Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) Defense Appropriations Act provides $120 million (M) to the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) to support innovative, high-impact breast cancer research. The BCRP is administered by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) through the Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The BCRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The FY12 BCRP program announcement and general application instructions for the following award mechanism are anticipated to be posted on in October 2012. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

Award Mechanism Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements Funding
Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Principal Investigator: Doctoral graduates (Ph.D. or M.D.). Clinical investigators are eligible to apply. Must have no more than 2 years experience in the proposed research setting and no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience as of the application deadline.

Mentor or formal co-mentor must have breast cancer research experience, including current funding and publications.
  • Supports the training of exceptionally talented recent doctoral or medical graduates who have demonstrated that they are the "best and brightest" of their peers.
  • Individualized training program and mentorship should prepare the PI for an independent career at the forefront of breast cancer research.
  • Proposed research should address a critical problem in breast cancer.
  • Maximum funding of $300,000 for direct costs ($100,000 per year, plus indirect costs).
  • Period of performance not to exceed 3 years.

All applications must conform to the final program announcement and application instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the website. The application package containing the required forms will also be found on A listing of all USAMRMC funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the CDMRP eReceipt website ( prior to the pre-application deadline. Applications must be submitted through the federal government's single-entry portal, Submission deadlines are not available until the program announcement is released. Requests for email notification of the program announcement release may be sent to For more information about the BCRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (

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