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NBCF Research Overview

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has set an aspirational goal of achieving zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030, and we believe that research provides the best hope for a future where more people survive for longer.

NBCF-funded research is helping to better understand how breast cancer originates, grows and spreads, in order to develop tests, treatments and interventions to improve outcomes for people with the disease.

We are committed to funding a broad spectrum of breast cancer research, as well as supporting psychosocial research aimed at improving the quality of life for people after breast cancer treatment, their family and friends. While some research will produce immediate results that can be applied to prevention, treatment and care, most research results will come to fruition in years to come.

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)
  • Translational Research Grants