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

Up to 75 percent of the net income from each domestic Affiliate Race stays in the local community to fund breast health education, breast cancer screening, and treatment projects.

Affiliate Community Health Grants

In more than 18,000 communities across the U.S., more than 75,000 Susan G. Komen for the Cure volunteers work to help fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for those who need it most. Last year, Komen for the Cure Affiliates—working in concert with local organizations—awarded more than $93 million in needs-based community grants. That's in addition to the many millions Komen invests each year in promising research. 

In order to ensure they are funding programs that address the specific unmet breast health needs of their communities, Komen Affiliates work with local medical experts and community leaders to conduct comprehensive community needs assessments. These community profiles are then used to establish local grant application and review processes consistent with Komen's standards and mission. 

Research Grants

To effectively support our focus on reducing breast cancer incidence and/or deaths within the decade, Susan G. Komen research grants range from training awards that attract young investigators into the field of breast cancer to large Promise Grants supporting multiple integrated clinical and laboratory projects that come together to answer critical questions in breast cancer. Along this continuum, Komen supports Investigator Initiated Research Grants from established investigators and Career Catalyst Research Grants that seek to move promising young investigators toward research independence.   

Our research focus has evolved over the years. In the beginning we focused on understanding the basic biology of breast cancer. As we learn more about the factors that make cancer cells grow and spread we are able to invest more in the translation of this knowledge into treatment, early detection and prevention. 

 We began with a single grant for $28,000 in 1982 
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has funded research each year since we began 
  • We have invested more than $685 million in research since 1982 
  • We are the largest non-government funder of breast cancer research in the world 
  • We currently manage nearly 600 active research grants totaling nearly $300 million  
  • We have supported a broad range of research from basic biology to treatment to survivorship. 

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