Funding Opportunities

Basser Center for BRCA:
2020 External Research Grant Program

The Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center announces the Basser External Research Grant Program, which focuses on projects that have the potential to advance the care of individuals living with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. Research grant applications in basic science, prevention, early detection, or targeted therapeutics and relevant to the study of BRCA1/2 will be considered. Submission by early stage investigators is encouraged. This funding mechanism is not intended for Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Grants that demonstrate a potential for translation into clinical practice will be prioritized for funding.

Funding Level

  • Basser Innovation Award: Three $100,000, one-year, high-risk idea projects will be awarded. Six-month progress updates are required. A three-month notice of termination will be given if lack of progress is demonstrated. Final reports are required.

A MANDATORY LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) IS DUE BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2019. The purpose of the LOI is to allow the Basser Center time to assemble appropriate reviewers — not to approve grants for full submission. There will be no feedback provided to applicants regarding the LOI and anyone submitting an LOI is welcomed to follow through with a full grant application.


Principal Investigator Eligibility

  • All full-time faculty are eligible to apply to the Basser External Research Grant Program. The proposed research cannot be funded through an existing or prior peer-reviewed national research grant (e.g., NIH, ACS, DOD or other equivalent funding sources).
  • Non-faculty (e.g., residents, fellows) are not eligible. Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania are not eligible.
  • International applications are welcomed.

Review and Notification

  • All applications will be reviewed by a Scientific Review Committee and successful applicants will be announced in April 2020. Funding will have a start date of July 1, 2020.

Administration of Awards

  • Awards will be administered through the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Total award amounts listed above may include up to 10 percent indirect costs.
  • Grant contract agreements will require sharing of any income resulting from the licensing of any invention(s) resulting from the work supported by these grants. The sharing of income will be proportional to the level of financial support provided by the Basser Center to the work that resulted in the licensed invention(s), and any income received will be re-invested in the Basser Center and related cancer research at Penn.

Submission portal for LOIs and full proposal

Full RFA and Instructions

Basser Application Forms

For questions relating to this RFA, please contact:
Cecilia Scavelli
Associate Director for Research Administration
Abramson Cancer Center
University of Pennsylvania
Phone: 215-349-8387