Prospective applicants are expected to submit a research plan, pre-approved by their mentor or an organization-based board, to the foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee. The research plan must be fundamentally sound and will include statements of (a) scientific and technical merit of the research question; (b) design, methodology, and feasibility of the study; (c) relevance of the proposed research plan to the applicant’s career objectives; (d) medical and health significance of the proposed research to breast cancer prevention, control and/or treatment; and (e) appropriateness of the research plan as a vehicle for developing necessary research skills. Where appropriate, the applicant is expected to report preliminary findings that support the research proposal or recount literature findings that do likewise. The formal proposed research plan portion of the application must not exceed 10 pages in length. This includes diagrams and figures. Applications falling outside of these nominal guidelines will not be reviewed. However, the review committee reserves the option of asking applicants for additional supportive information and to interview any candidate prior to award. Additional supporting materials (e.g. references, letters of support, letters of intent etc) requested are counted separately but the committee encourages applicants to be thoughtfully efficient in their submission.
In addition, and not included in the 10-page limit, the applicant should present evidence of the institutional commitment to the applicant; the quality and relevance of their research, the adequacy of the research facilities and training opportunities for the proposed project; and the appropriateness of the facilities and resources specifically available to the candidate. This information can be provided as part of personal statement or the letters of reference that each applicant is required to provide. This part of the submission is very important and we ask applicants to take it as seriously as the formal scientific proposal.