Grants: What We Fund and How To Apply - Breast Cancer Alliance

Grants: What We Fund and How To Apply

 

The mission of the Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To promote these goals, we invest in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support and screening for the underserved.

Four types of grants are offered annually: Exceptional Project Grants, Young Investigator Grants, Breast Surgery Fellowships and Education and Outreach Grants. We invite clinical doctors and research scientists whose primary focus is breast cancer research to apply for either the Exceptional Project or Young Investigator Grant. Society of Surgical Oncology accredited institutions may submit requests for funding for fellowships if they are in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York. We invite Directors of programs that are directly related to breast cancer services to apply for the Education and Outreach Grant.

How to Apply

Exceptional Project Grants: The Breast Cancer Alliance invites clinical doctors and research scientists at any stage of their careers whose primary focus is breast cancer to apply for an Exceptional Project Grant. This award recognizes creative, unique and innovative research and is open to applicants at institutions throughout the United States. This is a one year grant for a total of $100,000.

Prior to submission of a formal grant proposal, the BCA requires a one-page Letter of Intent (LOI) and a separate CV. For 2019 grants, those letters will be due on April 6, 2018. The LOI must contain the applicant’s name, job title and institution at the top of the page, and the applicant’s contact information. The document should state the project title and hypothesis, outline the research aim(s) and methods, and include a brief discussion of the project’s potential impact. The CV should be in the current NIH biosketch format. Applicants will be informed by mid-May 2018 whether they have been invited to proceed with a formal application. Researchers should coordinate with their institutions, as the BCA will accept a maximum of three LOIs per institution.

Full applications for the Exceptional Project Grant are due on or before July 20, 2018. An Independent External Review Committee reviews and evaluates the applications. Based on their results and subsequent review by the Grants Committee, recommendations will be made to the BCA Board for final approval. Applicants will be notified in mid-January 2019 of the decision regarding their proposals. You can download the 2019 application here.

Young Investigator Grants: To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research, the Breast Cancer Alliance invites clinical doctors and research scientists whose primary focus is breast cancer and who are in the early stages of their careers, to apply for funding for the Young Investigator Grant. This grant is open to applicants at institutions throughout the United States. This is a two-year grant for a total of $125,000, with half the grant award being paid out each year.

Applicants for 2019 grants must (i) have held a faculty position for no more than four years following the completion of their training, as of February 1, 2019; (ii) have not been a principal investigator on an NIH R01 or equivalent national/international non-mentored award; and (iii) dedicate at least 50% of their work effort to research.  This grant is intended to help advance the careers of young researchers who do not yet have their own major grant support. For clarity, current postdoctoral fellows who do not yet hold a faculty position are eligible to apply, provided they meet all the other stated criteria for Young Investigators. Grant applications are due on or before July 20, 2018. An independent External Review Committee reviews and evaluates the applications. Based on their results and subsequent review by the Grants Committee, recommendations will be made to the BCA Board for final approval. Applicants will be notified in mid-January 2019 of the decision regarding their proposals. You can download the 2019 YIG application here.

For questions about any research grants please email: researchgrants@breastcanceralliance.org

Education and Outreach Grants: The Breast Cancer Alliance offers grants to support programs directly related to outreach and case managerial breast cancer services, including education, counseling, biopsies and mammograms for the underserved.  The programs must be located in Connecticut and/or in Westchester County, New York.

The term of the Education and Outreach Grant is one calendar year beginning February 1, 2019.  The program must be directly related to breast cancer services. The Breast Cancer Alliance does not fund office supplies, medical supplies, financial aid (i.e. gas bills, transportation, rent, overhead, grocery gift certificates, fringe benefits, etc.) printing costs, travel costs, marketing costs, recruitment costs or training programs.

  • Applications are due by end of day, October 31, 2018.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Funding is determined on an annual basis, per each grant cycle. Prior gift allocations do not guarantee future grants.
  • Grant recipients must submit a brief report documenting progress by July 31, 2019 and a final report by January 31, 2020. The template for these reports should be downloaded below, and both emailed and mailed to the Breast Cancer Alliance office.
  • Any publicity associated with the program must acknowledge Breast Cancer Alliance as a supporter as much as is reasonably possible.

The Grants Committee of the Breast Cancer Alliance reviews and evaluates each grant proposal. The results of the Grants Committee’s evaluations and subsequent recommendations are presented to the BCA Board for approval. Applicants are notified by mid-January of the decision regarding their proposals.  Download the 2019 E&O application here.

For questions about any education and outreach grants please email: edoutgrants@breastcanceralliance.org

Breast Surgery Fellowships:
The term of the Breast Surgical Fellowship is one year with a grant award of $75,000, from August 1 through July 31. Institutions making application for the 2019 award must have an established breast fellowship program, be SSO accredited for a minimum of 2 years, and be located in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York.

Any publicity associated with this program and any papers published in association with the work done during or as a result of this fellowship must recognize the Breast Cancer Alliance.

Institutions should only put forth applicants who are US citizens, are a MD, and have successfully completed a general surgery residency at a US medical center. No more than two CVs may be submitted for consideration per institution, and no more than one fellowship will be awarded to any individual SSO accredited institution. You can download the 2019 application here.

For questions about fellowship funding please email: fellowships@breastcanceralliance.org on or before December 10, 2018.