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The U.S. Department of Defense will once again continue funding its Ovarian Cancer Research Program in 2001. This program encourages scientific inquiry of ovarian cancer and peritoneal carcinoma focusing on the aspect of etiology, early diagnosis, therapeutics, and quality of life. Two areas that are being emphasized this year include prevention in behavioral studies. Institutions that do not already have an Ovarian Cancer Research Program project award will be given preference. Research project grants are limited to $300,000 per year for three years. Those wishing to apply must submit a letter of intent as soon as possible but definitely prior to July 3, 2001; the deadline for final application is July 18, 2001. Funding will be awarded in three areas: 1) Research project grants; new investigator research award; and idea awards. Further information is available at the website http://mrmc-rad6.army.mil/funding/default.htm#ocrp.
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Mesothelioma Research Grant
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) was established after recognition that funding for this disease has been disproportionately low compared to other diseases. The foundation has enlisted basic science and clinical experts in this field to advance research in this area. The MARF offers researchers grants of up to $500,000 over a two-year period for mesothelioma treatment research, contingent upon funds being available. The MARF currently is accepting applications for the funding of both basic science and clinical research grants. The current proposal allows funding of up to $50,000 per year for up to two years. This grant is intended to support mesothelioma treatment research, and investigations into the disease’s etiology will not be supported by this particular grant mechanism. The deadline for application is June 15, 2001. Applications will be limited to 10 pages. There is a very rapid turnover time for processing these grant applications, with review to be completed by the MARF by July 31 and awards to be activated by Aug. 31, 2001. More information can be obtained from MARF by calling (805) 560-8942 or by accessing the MARF website at http://www.marf.org/Grants/Grants.htm.