The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Act,
(20 ILCS 2310/55.70) was signed into law by Governor Jim Edgar on July 14,
1993, and became effective on January 1, 1994.
Governor George H. Ryan
signed Public Act 91-107 on July 13, 1999, changing the name of the research
fund to the Penny Severns Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Fund. It was
renamed to commemorate the life of the late state Senator Penny Severns and her
commitment to public service and breast cancer awareness.
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed Public Act 94-119 into law on July 6, 2005, adding ovarian cancer to the program's mission and changing the fund name again to the Penny Severns Breast, Cervical and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
The research fund is a special fund within the state
treasury that is used for breast, cervical and ovarian cancer research grants. Revenue
sources include general revenue funds, income tax contributions and gifts, as
well as grants and awards from private foundations, nonprofit organizations and
other governmental entities or persons.
The Illinois Department
of Public Health encourages you to contribute to the Penny Severns Breast, Cervical and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund when you prepare your state income tax
Grants support research
in areas related to breast, cervical and ovarian cancer prevention, etiology,
pathogenesis, early detection, treatment and behavioral sciences. Research also
may include clinical trials. One-year grants are available with the possibility
of two subsequent 12-month renewals.
- Standard research
are intended to develop
and advance the understanding, techniques and modalities effective in early
detection, prevention, cure, screening and treatment of breast, cervical
and ovarian cancers and may include clinical trials. The maximum award for standard
research grants will not exceed $75,000.
- Fellowship research
post-doctoral research training. These grants are intended to further develop
the skills necessary for a career in breast, cervical and ovarian cancer research.
Fellowship research grants will receive maximum annual funding of
Although a majority of
the applications submitted are bio-medical in nature, researchers in the fields
of behavioral and social sciences also are encouraged to apply.
Funding is granted to
institutions, not individuals. Research is conducted by an individual(s) under
the authority of an institution.
is given to single-year applications and to applications for pilot projects
that have the potential for subsequent funding from other sources. Continuation
grants, with a maximum of two additional years, are available for those
grantees that upon peer review demonstrate progress toward stated goals.
Distribution of grants
is contingent upon the availability of funds and the nature of applications
received. The grant awards range from $20,000 - $75,000.
Applications and grant cycle information may be
obtained by contacting the Illinois Department Public Health, Office of
Womens Health, at 217-524-6088 or using the links below.