BETHESDA, MdPurchasers of the US Postal Services breast
cancer awareness stamp have funded $6.7 million in 2-year grants to
support novel and innovative research into the disease. The National
Cancer Institute has given grants to 31 researchers, and a 32nd grant
awaits final approval.
NCI has earmarked its share of money raised by the stamp sales to
fund investigators who want to explore areas that are
underrepresented in NCIs research portfolio, particularly
high-risk projects that have a potential for a high payoff if
successful. One of the aims is to develop new methodologies and
technologies that will be seeds for future discovery.
Each grant will provide $75,000 a year for 2 years. NCI expects a
number of these projects to develop into mature investigations for
which the researchers will seek traditional grant funding.