Stamp of Approval

Thirty-two researchers at institutions located in 15 states plus Australia and Israel have received grants that were funded through the sale of postage stamps. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently awarded the grants under the Insight Awards to Stamp Out Breast Cancer program. A 1997 law set up the program, which allows for contributions to breast cancer research funding to come from the sale of a first-class stamp for 40 cents. The funding is divided between the National Institutes of Health (75 percent) and the Department of Defense (25 percent). NCI awarded a total of $6.9 million to the researchers in the form of two-year grants funding up to $75,000 per year in direct costs. A total of 403 researchers competed for the grants based on program specifications calling for studies in areas presently underrepresented--studies with high risk but also with a significant potential for reward. Eight...

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