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Sunday April 1st, 2012

Posted at 11:15am

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The Windsor & Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation says that they strongly believes that advances made in cancer today are the direct result of research that has been done in the past, and that they remain committed to ensuring that local cancer researchers are able to be a part of future advances in the field of cancer.

This month marks the fourth year of their Seeds4Hope research grant awards competition, a competition that has seen almost $750,000 awarded to local scientists for cancer research over the past three years. When the 2012 awards are granted in November, that amount should reach the $1 million mark.

A maximum of $80,000 in start-up or “seed” funding is granted to awardees over a two-year period, through a rigorous peer-review process. The program encourages collaborations between researchers and physicians; and researchers must be affiliated with a local institution such as the University of Windsor or the Cancer Program at Windsor Regional Hospital. Proposals must be focused on new and innovative cancer research, the results of which have the potential to be published, and to be used to apply for funds for ongoing research from national granting agencies.

“When we launched this program in 2009, we hoped that our community would see the importance of investing in local cancer research, and they have. It is because of their generosity that we have been able to award 11 grants involving 35 local scientists and physicians”, stated Foundation President, Norma Brockenshire.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website  to download the 2012 General Guidelines for Researchers and the application documents. Submission deadlines include May 26th for the Notification of Intent to Apply Form, and June 30th for the full application package.

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