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Applications to the Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer will be evaluated through the following process:

  • All applications will be judged by members of an Evaluation Panel, composed of respected researchers and advocates. Applications will be scored based on the challenge's three criteria: boldness, impact, and relevance.

  • Three Evaluation Panel judges will be assigned to each submission. These judges will offer scores against the three scoring criteria. Each criterion will be scored on a 1 to 5 point scale, in increments of 1.0. The combined scores will produce a total average score. The judges will also provide high-level comments on the idea, which will be shared with each applicant.

  • After all applications are judged, the Evaluation Panel will meet to select 10 to 12 finalists.

  • Finalists will be invited to present their research ideas to the Selection Committee at a public event, which will close with the announcement of the two winners. The event will be attended by prominent breast cancer researchers and advocates, and will be live-streamed.

Scoring Criteria

All applications to the Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer will be judged on the following three criteria:

Boldness (1-5)

  • Proposes a new direction in breast cancer prevention research
  • Is creative, innovative, and scientifically inspiring
  • Could motivate and excite researchers and the community of those impacted by breast cancer


Impact (1-5)

  • Would accelerate progress in breast cancer prevention research
  • Could lower the incidence of breast cancer across the population

Relevance (1-5)

  • Addresses primary prevention
  • Focuses on breast cancer; if addressing a broader problem or set of diseases, it does so using a breast cancer lens
  • Can be advanced in a significant way within five years
  • Can be carried out in California
  • Meets some or all of the following criteria:
    • Describes an intervention, solution, or natural experiment rather than seeking to further understand the causes of breast cancer
    • Is focused on population-wide prevention
    • Addresses environmental exposures, lifestyle and behavioral factors, the built environment, private or public policy, and/or health disparities

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