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How to Apply

The following is a preview of the application. Once you have read this preview and are ready to submit your idea, please click Submit Your Idea at the bottom of this page, or in the site's navigation bar, to fill out the application. We recommend drafting your application in a word processor document (e.g. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.) and then copying and pasting the text into the fields in the application. All applications must be submitted in English.

All entries may be made public at the conclusion of the competition, at the discretion of CBCRP, whether or not the applicant is named a finalist or winner. Fields labeled "PRIVATE" will not be published, but all others may be.

You must submit your application no later than Friday, January 7, at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.

The Application

Please read all of the application requirements before completing each section.

1. Idea Title

Provide a descriptive title for your idea (approximately 11 words).

2. Your Idea Description

Provide a detailed description of your idea, including the following five required elements. Your response is limited to 7,000 characters (including spaces), which is about 1,000 words or two pages of text. You can include line/paragraph breaks, but no special characters or other formatting is allowed.

    Problem Statement
    Describe the specific problem that your idea aims to solve.

    • Who or what is impacted by this problem?
    • How is this problem centrally relevant to breast cancer?
    • What resources are available to address the problem currently, and why are they insufficient?
    • Have there been previous attempts to solve the problem? If so, why does the problem persist?

    Research Approach
    Describe your proposed research idea and explain how it will make meaningful progress within five years toward a solution to the problem you've identified. Please provide enough detail for the judges to evaluate the merits of your idea, but avoid jargon or overly technical language since some of the judges evaluating your application may be from outside of your field.

    • Describe the key elements of the research program, including the central hypothesis(es), intended outcomes, and measures of success.
    • What methods or approaches will be needed to tackle this problem?
    • Why is this approach likely to succeed when others have not?

    Describe what resources will be needed to solve this problem.

    • To the best of your ability, describe the expertise, personnel, equipment, technology, study populations, and/or community resources that would be needed to carry out this research.
    • If possible, estimate the amount of funding that would be needed for this research.
    • Describe how the proposed research can be carried out by researchers in California.

    Describe your idea's innovative qualities.

    • What paradigms are being challenged, new concepts being tested, novel approaches being brought to bear on breast cancer, and/or new research tools being applied to allow a breakthrough in breast cancer prevention?
    • Explain how your idea proposes a new direction in breast cancer prevention research.
    • Why hasn't your idea been tried before?

    Impact on Breast Cancer Prevention
    Explain how your research idea will accelerate progress in breast cancer prevention.

    • Estimate impact at the individual patient level and for overall disease burden, if successful.
    • What population/community will it help? Will it address disparities or the needs of underserved women?
    • What is the expected timeframe for availability of the resulting product/service/ intervention/policy outside the research setting?
    • How would the results of the research lower the incidence of breast cancer across the population?

3. Executive Summary

Provide a summary of the most compelling aspects of your idea. Describe the problem you are addressing, the type of research that CBCRP should fund to address it, and how this will improve the primary prevention of breast cancer. Your description should not require any other context to clearly explain what you are offering. Imagine that you had one minute in the elevator with our Evaluation Panel; what would you say? This is your first impression, so make every word count!

Your response is limited to 1,050 characters (including spaces), which is about 150 words or one paragraph. You can include line/paragraph breaks, but no special characters or other formatting is allowed.

4. Quick Pitch

Describe your idea in one sentence (approximately 25 words).

5. You and/or You and Your Team

Both individuals and teams are welcome to apply for the challenge. If applying as a team, you must identify one person who will be submitting the application and accept the award. Ideas submitted by individuals and by teams will be judged by the same criteria, and there is no advantage to submitting as a team.

Primary Applicant

    First Name

    Middle Name

    Last Name

    Email Address

    Phone Number

    Street Address


    State or Province
    (if in the US or Canada)

    Zip Code or Postal Code


    Provide the primary applicant's employer or primary affiliation. (PRIVATE)

    Job Title (PRIVATE)

    Highest Level of Education Attained

    Subject Area(s) of Degree(s)
    (optional, PRIVATE)

Are You Applying as an Individual or on Behalf of a Team? Select individual or team from a drop-down menu.

Team Members

    If you are applying on behalf of a team, the following information is required for each member of your team: name, degree(s), email address, organization, job title.

    Team members may be acknowledged in prize announcements or other attribution of the idea. If your team is selected as a finalist, only the primary applicant presents the idea to the Selection Committee and accepts the award if the idea wins.

    The names of team members may be published, but the other details of team members will remain private. For this reason, you will be asked to provide the names only of your team members in one field (these may be made public), and the full details of each team member in a separate field (these details will not be published).

Applicant Category

Select the category that describes you and/or your team:
  • Researcher/Scientist: Trained researcher/working in scientific research.
  • Advocate/Non-Researcher: Anyone else (advocate, community member, layperson, etc.) who is not a researcher or scientist. If any team member could be categorized as a researcher or scientist, you must apply as a Researcher/Scientist.

Thank you for your interest in this exciting challenge!