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Why donate to research?

In 1994, when NBCF was founded, nearly a quarter of all women diagnosed with breast cancer passed away from the disease within five years of diagnosis. Over the past 20 years the survival rate for breast cancer has steadily improved so now 90 per cent of women are still alive five years after their diagnosis.

NBCF believes this achievement is primarily due to research – the most effective way to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer. Although progress is being made, there is still a long way to go. A continued and concerted research effort is vital for improving the quality of life for those living with breast cancer, as well as moving towards breast cancer prevention and cure.

Since 1994, NBCF has awarded more than $140 million to fund 479 Australian-based breast cancer research projects. As Australia’s leading community-supported organisation funding breast cancer research, NBCF is proud to fund research right across the spectrum – from understanding the fundamental basis of this disease to develop better treatment options, to psychosocial research aimed at improving the quality of life for those with breast cancer and their families. NBCF believes in supporting research that will have the greatest possible impact.

As NBCF receives no government funding, all funds are donated by the community through fundraising initiatives and donations. This has led to:

  • More effective therapies
  • Greater understanding of possible ways to stop the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body
  • Improved quality of life for patients and their families

NBCF funds passionate people

NBCF allocates funds to help build a sustainable, multidisciplinary and highly trained research workforce, with a particular focus on supporting early to mid-career researchers. NBCF Fellowships aim to attract, train and retain the next generation of breast cancer researchers.

  • Research Leadership Fellowship
  • Practitioner Fellowships
  • Doctoral Scholarships
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships (in partnership with Cure Cancer Australia Foundation)
  • Career Development Fellowships (previously Early Career Fellowship)

Brilliant ideas

Funds to support the implementation of novel, cutting-edge ideas in breast cancer research are offered by NBCF through the Innovator Grant. These grants support projects that challenge existing paradigms or break new theoretical ground. This award provides investigators with the opportunity to pursue blue-sky ideas and encourages the development of innovative, forward-thinking, avenues of investigation.

Enduring resources

NBCF offers Infrastructure Grants to support key resources that are critical to underpin breast cancer research, both nationally and internationally. Examples may include the establishment of national breast cancer tissue banks, large-scale genetic sequencing platforms and data registries.

Empowering collaboration

NBCF has several funding initiatives that are designed to drive collaboration across research disciplines, as well as both national and international borders. Bringing scientists together across multiple disciplines is a key focus to bring new perspectives to breast cancer research and accelerate progress.

  • National Collaborative Breast Cancer Research Grants
  • Priority Driven Collaborative Cancer Research Grants (in partnership with Cancer Australia)
  • Accelerator Research Grants (previously known as Translational Research Grants)