As a result of Georgians contributing to the Cancer Research Fund on their state income tax returns, the Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC) has awarded grants to Georgia cancer scientists researching the prevention, detection, and treatment of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer.
In the competitive application process, proposals are reviewed and graded by a national panel of oncology experts. Grants were awarded to the Medical College of Georgia, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Georgia for proposals that were rated as “outstanding” by the expert panel. The amount of award per researcher ranges from $30,000 to $50,000.
The Georgia cancer research awards are aligned with the National Cancer Institute’s top research priorities and include: the mechanisms of cancer tumors’ blood supply, inhibitors of tumor growth and metastasis, the interaction between cancer cells and the molecular environment, protein profiles for early detection, and the feasibility of a new class of anti-cancer compounds.
Making a donation on your state income tax return is a simple and increasingly popular way for Georgians to take action against cancer. The contributions are used to fund in-state research projects conducted by Georgia scientists. As little as $1 can be donated; there is no upper limit. The fund is unique in that none of the dollars transferred to DHR are used for administrative purposes. The program has helped make Georgia a national model for income tax donation programs.
The state income tax contribution program is an example of the effectiveness of public-private partnerships. Making support for cancer research available is a cooperative effort of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Georgia Department of Revenue, Jackson-Hewett, H & R Block, Liberty Tax Services, the American Cancer Society, cancer survivor organizations, and many other individuals and organizations working with the GCC to reduce the number of cancer deaths in Georgia.
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