Making Bladder Cancer Research a Priority

January 16, 2014
by Monica Smith

 As anyone with bladder cancer or in the research community will tell you, bladder cancer research is greatly underfunded.  There have been no new significant advances in the disease in more than 20 years.  With the leadership of our board and the generosity of BCAN donors, our research program has grown exponentially since 2010 when we awarded the first $25,000 grant. 


We are pleased to announce that the application process has begun for our 2014 research awards.  Our Young Investigator Awards will provide three two-year grants of $100,000 each.  The program was created to engage a new generation of investigators to become active in the area of bladder cancer research.  The JPB Foundation has generously invested $200,000 in this program to fund two of the 2014 awards.


We also established a new research opportunity for 2014.  The Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award supported by the James Family Foundation, in conjunction with Partner Fund Management, will award one $300,000 two year grant to an experienced investigator who will break new ground in the field of bladder cancer.  The aim of the 2014 Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award is to support exceptionally novel and creative projects with great potential to produce breakthroughs in the management of bladder cancer.  Proposals will be accepted for creative ideas and innovative approaches that have direct application and relevance to bladder cancer


The application process is open for both the Young Investigator Awards and the Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award.  It is our hope that the BCAN research program will attract the best and the brightest in the medical field to make bladder cancer research a priority.  These grants will help us advance science to discover new treatments, identify the causes and ultimately find a cure for bladder cancer.  With 500,000 people living in the U.S. with bladder cancer, we can’t wait another 20 years.


We are grateful to the BCAN Scientific Advisory Board and Bladder Cancer Research Network for their guidance and support.  The committees are comprised of the top doctors in the fields of urology, oncology, and radiology who generously give their time and insight to make our research program successful.


To learn more about our research program or apply for the awards, go to:


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