The Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute has many partner organizations that provide funding support. These partners are committed to working together to develop research capacity in Nova Scotia, to forge broad-based research collaborations across the province and region, and to create a unified focus for fundraising and community engagement.
Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) has invested more than $8 million in local cancer research over the years, and works hand in hand with the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine to provide strategic research support to trainees, investigators, facilities and new initiatives. Every fourth year, proceeds from the DMRF Molly Appeal are directed to BHCRI for cancer research. The DMRF is the supporting organization for the Dr. Owen and Mrs. Pearl (MacDonald) Cameron Chair in Basic Cancer Research (see Dr. Patrick Lee). Funding for BHCRI awards has been made available from a variety of sources; however, the single largest source is the DMRF. The DMRF Board has stipulated that funds they generate may be used to fund up to half of the total amount awarded to non-Dalhousie affiliated researchers.
Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) is the major funder for the BHCRI Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) from donations raised by the Terry Fox Foundation. The TFRI Atlantic Node also provides travel bursaries to trainees attending national cancer meetings and is the co-sponsor of the annual CRTP Cancer Workshop and biennial Conference.
QEII Foundation facilitated the establishment of two endowed cancer research chairs and continues to actively support cancer research initiatives at the QEll Health Sciences Centre. The Foundation raises funds for technology, community-based disease prevention initiatives, professional education and medical research. Working in partnership with BCSC, the Foundation supports breast cancer research through the Institute.
The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) provides leadership and support to build health research capacity, improve the health of New Brunswickers and advance the knowledge economy. BHCRI and NBHRF are partnering to fund NB cancer researchers.
Canadian Cancer Society-Nova Scotia Division (CCNS-NSD) funds research into all cancers through its national Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. Locally, the CCS-NSD supports the annual CCS Carol Ann Cole Comfort Heart Studentship Award.
Dalhousie University is the academic home of many of the investigators involved in the BHCRI, whether in discovery, clinical, population or behavioural research. The University supports the BHCRI by providing facilities and infrastructure support to the BHCRI and its researchers, and through cooperation in fundraising for local cancer research through its Office of Development for the Health Faculties.
Saunders-Matthey Cancer Prevention Fund was started in 1996 by Ray Matthey in memory of his wife and daughter. Funds provide support for trainees and senior investigators focused on cancer research, education and prevention. An emphasis is also placed on how environmental factors may be contributing to cancer.
Charlie’s Ride for Cancer Research: In 2016, Chris MacDougall cycled across Canada in memory of his son Charlie to raise funds for cancer research and to make people aware that cancer research makes a difference. In 2017, Chris continued his efforts as part of a fundraising ride around Iceland. The funds raised have started the Charlie & Dan MacDougall Fund for Cancer Research through the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, with annual income supporting the work of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. Chris is Chair of the BHCRI Board of Directors.
Scotiabank staff and customers of the Spring Garden and Brenton Branch and the Private Client Group in Halifax have held a number of fundraisers to support BHCRI.
Telus Ride for Dad and the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation support cancer research and awareness. They contribute funding through the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation to BHCRI in support of a cancer research trainee undertaking prostate cancer research.
Craig's Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society provides information and support to those with pancreatic cancer and their families. They partner with BHCRI to support cancer research trainees undertaking pancreatic cancer research.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) offers five $10,000 awards annually to PhD and MSc students undertaking cancer research in their final years of study. These awards are administered through the Cancer Research Training Program of BHCRI.