Core funding for the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute comes from the Cameron Endowment Fund. Through the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation’s careful stewardship, this fund generates $500,000 or more each year in perpetuity, in support of cancer research in Atlantic Canada. Further ongoing funding to support the BHCRI comes from other local endowment funds that are administered by the DMRF and Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine, as well as contributions from Cancer Care Nova Scotia (CCNS) and from within national grants administered by the BHCRI.
The BHCRI is dedicated to maintaining a small and efficient structure (only two staff in addition to the Director) and channeling the maximum funding to benefit researchers and trainees. In addition to the DMRF, Faculty of Medicine and CCNS, actual research funds are provided by an array of partners that include the QEII Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Atlantic Region), Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia Division), Breast Cancer Society of Canada and Motor Cycle Ride for Dad. We are also pleased to receive financial support from local organizations such as the The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites in Halifax and Scotiabank. Overall, our costs in raising funds for cancer research and putting them into action in the most effective way are less than 20 cents of each dollar contributed, and most new donations received go 100% to the actual research.
This stable and increasing funding base and trainee support has enabled Dalhousie University to recruit and support world-class cancer researchers and is now beginning to benefit other institutions in Atlantic Canada. Our cancer researchers, in turn, have obtained millions of dollars in funding from outside granting agencies. These include the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.