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New Jersey Breast Cancer Research Fund

Breast Cancer Research Fund
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Mission Statement
To support innovative research focusing on the causes, prevention,
screening, treatment and cure of breast cancer.

Background
Over the past several years, New Jersey has had the dubious distinction of consistently ranking in the top ten states in the nation for breast cancer incidence and mortality. To strengthen the battle against breast cancer, citizens and policy leaders joined together to establish an innovative funding source to fund additional breast cancer research projects in New Jersey. On January 26, 1995, Governor Whitman signed into law Assembly bill A1701, an act establishing the "New Jersey Breast Cancer Research Fund".

Meeting the Breast Cancer Research Challenge in New Jersey
Citizens now have the opportunity to contribute to the New Jersey Breast Cancer Research Fund through a check-off box on their state income tax form. The Fund is administered by the New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research, which is the only state agency dedicated to eradicating cancer through scientific research. Monies from the NJ Breast Cancer Research Fund support innovative breast cancer research projects, training fellowships, and educational conferences. The legislation was initiated by the New Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. and sponsored in the Assembly by The Honorable Rose Marie Heck (R-District 38), The Honorable Chuck Hayatian (R-District 23), and in the Senate by the Honorable John Scott (R-District 36) and The Honorable Peter Inverso (R-District 14).

Administration of the Fund
The New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research administers the Fund at no additional cost to the State. Through a competitive scientific peer review process, the NJCCR awards monies for research projects focusing "on the causes, prevention, screening, treatment or cure of breast cancer and may include, but is not limited to, basic, behavioral, clinical, demographic, epidemiological, and psychosocial research" (P.L. 1995, Chapter 26). Commission sponsored seed grants assist talented researchers in obtaining additional funding from the federal government, foundations and private sources. On average, for every dollar the NJCCR awards, more than three dollars are returned to the state for continued research.