Through the Georgia State Income Tax Check-Off Program, approximately $2.9 million has been contributed to the Georgia Cancer Research Fund for Cancer Research Awards. Georgians have been generously donating to the fund on their state income tax returns since the start of the program in 2000.
To date, the Coalition has awarded 61 grants thanks to voluntary check-off donations.
The Coalition administers the fund, granting awards to scientists in Georgia who are researching the prevention, treatments, and cure of cancer.
Priority is given to new-to-the-field investigators who use research results to develop and secure national peer-reviewed funding; proposals that link engineering to the biomedical sciences; and established investigators who have an innovative idea of a translational nature, which requires seed funding to achieve proof-of-principle leading to an application for peer-reviewed funding. Cancer Research awardees have generated $11 million in federal funding.
In the competitive application process, proposals are reviewed and graded by a national panel of oncology experts. The awards are aligned with the research priorities of the Georgia Cancer Coalition and the National Cancer Institute.
The original Cancer Research Award legislation restricted the funds raised to breast, prostate and ovarian cancer research. In 2009, the Georgia State Legislature amended the legislation, so that starting in 2010, Cancer Research Awards better reflect Georgia’s comprehensive approach to cancer research.
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