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Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world's largest breast cancer organization, awarded more than $100 million in research grants last year, representing the largest single-year investment in research in the organization's 26-year history and a 30 percent increase over the previous year’s award total of $77 million. The 2015-2016 grants slate moves Komen for the Cure closer to accomplishing its goal of investing another $2 billion in breast cancer research and community health programs by 2017.

At least 25% of net donations to the Iowa Affiliate are put directly toward breast cancer research through the Komen Grants and Awards Program, one of the nation’s most innovative, responsive grant programs. The Komen Grants and Awards Program is unique in its focus on research projects with potential for high impact that may not be considered by other agencies. Available grants include: postdoctoral fellowships; population-specific grants; basic, clinical, and translational research grants; imaging technology; dissertation research; and honor awards.

The remaining 75% of donations raised by the Iowa Affiliate stay in our communities to be invested through the Iowa Affiliate's Community Grants Program. These are grants made to local non-profit organizations to provide educational, screening or treatment support services to the women in the service area (SA). Special emphasis has been placed on grant applications focusing on breast health education and projects providing free and/or low-cost breast screening services for underserved and uninsured women in their communities. Nearly $3.5 million has been invested locally in the last five years.


Year Number
of Grants
Funding Level
2006 6 $223,799
2007 14 $450,000
2008 12 $537,400
2009 9 $745,000
2010 7 $718,189
2011 6 $710,455
2012 8 $704,601
2013 10 $613,203
Total funding in past 8 years $4,702,647
Total funding since 1997 $5,516,728