Research Innovation Award

Funding Agency:
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

BCAN is pleased to announce two 2021 Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Awards to support the work of investigators with exceptionally novel and creative projects with great potential to produce breakthroughs in our understanding of the management of bladder cancer. Two proposals will be funded for $300,000 at $150,000 per year. The proposed research may be basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological and must have direct applicability and relevance to bladder cancer. Innovation, either conceptual or technological, is essential.

The Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Awards are available to full-time, independent investigators who are affiliated with a non-profit academic, medical, or research institution within the United States or Canada. Eligible recipients include investigators who have experience in other areas of cancer or biomedical/health science research with promising ideas and approaches that can be applied to bladder cancer research. Projects that are high-risk and high-reward, as opposed to incremental in nature, are required. BCAN encourages diversity in applicants.

Essential elements of this award mechanism include the following: (i) does the project address an important problem and/or critical barrier to progress in the field of bladder cancer research? (ii) does the project address an area in which there is a significant gap in current knowledge? (iii) is the project highly innovative?

New ideas and innovative approaches may include, but are not limited to, those that utilize novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions.  Proposals for innovative projects that lay the groundwork necessary to prepare and submit a competitive research grant application to a major funding agency are encouraged.

Interested applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

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Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicant must have a medical and/or doctoral degree (including Ph.D, M.D., D.O., D.D.S, D.V.M, Pharm.D., Sc.D, D.N.S. or equivalent doctoral degree) in the biomedical sciences or in a field applicable to health science research.

2. Applicant must be an independent investigator employed by a non-profit academic, medical or research institution within the United States or Canada. Proof of permanent resident status or a valid work visa is required if the applicant is not an American or Canadian citizen.

3. Employees or subcontractors of for-profit private industry are not eligible for the award, but may serve as Collaborators for another applicant.

4. Any individual who currently holds an active BCAN Young Investigator Award or BCAN Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award may not apply.

5. Investigators may submit only one Letter of Intent for a Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award, and may not apply both for this Award and for a BCAN Young Investigator Award.

6. BCAN will not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, age or any other factor irrelevant to the quality of the Letter of Intent.

7. Applications may have co-principal investigators (PI). However, applicants should make the rationale for this choice clear to the reviewers.



Amount Description

The award is for $300,000 over two years ($150,000 per year) for direct research expenses, which may include salary and benefits for postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, and/or research assistants; research/lab supplies; and equipment. The subsequent year of funding is dependent on approval after a one year progress report has been submitted and reviewed by BCAN. 

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

January 13, 2021