Research Programs

Did you know that every major advance in the fight against breast cancer has been touched by Susan G. Komen ®? That we’ve provided more money for breast cancer research and community health programs than any entity besides the U.S. government? Komen’s goal is to “energize science to find the cures.”

Komen’s commitment to supporting life-saving research has never been stronger. Building on 27 years of funding research to find the causes and cures of breast cancer, Komen continues its important new focus on research that will speed the translation of discoveries into reductions in breast cancer mortality and/or incidence within the next decade and on addressing disparities in breast cancer across populations.

A minimum of 25 percent of the net income from each Affiliate supports the Komen Research, Evaluation and Scientific Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific conferences around the world.

Information about National Research Programs

At Komen, we’re committed to supporting research that will identify and deliver the cures for breast cancer. As a result, we’ve provided grants that have contributed to significant advances in the breast cancer arena for more than 30 years. Beginning in 1982, with a single research grant for $28,000, our research investments now make us the largest non-government funder of breast cancer research in the world. We’re proud to have funded research in the U.S. and 17 other countries around the world, covering the spectrum of breast cancer– from basic cancer cell biology to prevention, early detection and diagnosis to new treatments and improved quality of life.

We have also provided more than $1.95 billion in grants to organizations that operate in local communities. All told, we have invested more than $2.8 billion in grants and programs that have supported research, screening, education, treatment and psycho-social support for breast cancer in more than 30 countries around the world.

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