HERA Grant Process Now Open

April 23, 2013

HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation Accepting Applications for

Sean Patrick Multidisciplinary Collaborative Grant and Community Grants

DENVERApril 23, 2013 – The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit whose mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer through Health, Empowerment, Research and Awareness, is accepting applications for the Sean Patrick Multidisciplinary Collaborative Grant and its Community Grants Program. More details about the application process and requirements for both grants are available on the HERA website.

The Sean Patrick Multidisciplinary Collaborative Grant is an annual award of $50,000 for a cross-disciplinary collaborative research project. Applications must identify two or more scientists with different yet complementary skills and explain how these skills will be synergistic in addressing ovarian cancer. Applications are due June 3, 2013, and recipients will be notified in August.

Sean Patrick, for whom the grant was named, was the founder of HERA and a champion for innovative ovarian cancer research. She was frustrated that traditional chemotherapies had not changed the prognosis of ovarian cancer in decades and by the disproportionate amount of government funds that went to other cancers. Sean believed that therapies with the most potential would be formulated by combining great ideas from different labs and fields – an approach gaining attention and headlines as modern medicine’s best chance for beating this complex and ever-changing disease.

In 2012, HERA awarded the Sean Patrick Multidisciplinary Collaborative Grant to Carrie Rinker-Schaeffer, PhD, of the University of Chicago, and Jason Shear, PhD, of the University of Texas at Austin. The grant has funded the pair’s innovative research into a possible link between ovarian cancer cell growth and the omentum, the fatty tissue that blankets the abdominal cavity.

HERA is also now accepting applications for its Community Grants Program. Each year, HERA awards $1,000 grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for programs that improve quality of life for women with ovarian cancer or raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways. Applications are due June 3, 2013, and organizations can receive support for up to three consecutive years.

Through its Community Grants Program, HERA has supported nearly 30 programs benefitting women battling ovarian cancer and their supporters as well as programs to help increase awareness of the disease. Programs have included development of advertising campaigns, promotional materials, support groups, educational conferences and events, and outreach services for women with ovarian cancer, among others.

Applications and questions for both grants should be directed to HERA’s Executive Director Meg Steitz at meg@herafoundation.beta.mystagedsite.com or (970) 948-7360.

About the HERA Foundation:

Established in 2002, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. As a nationally recognized ovarian cancer organization, HERA provides funding for cutting-edge research grants to scientists at respected medical institutions. In so doing, HERA attracts more young researchers to expand the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer while improving the lives of those battling the disease. In addition, HERA awards grants to local community groups to raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways. More information is available at www.herafoundation.org.

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