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 uninsured and 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 within a 200 mile radius of the Breast Cancer Alliance office. 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 within a 200 mile radius of Greenwich, Connecticut (an area that includes cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, and Albany). This is a one year grant.
Prior to submission of a formal grant proposal, the BCA requires a one-page Letter of Intent (LOI) and a separate CV. For 2014 grants, those letters will be due on April 5, 2013. The LOI must include 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 can be in the NIH biosketch format, and should be no more than four pages long. Applicants will be informed by May 6, 2013 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 26, 2013. 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-December of the decision regarding their proposals.
Click here to download the Exceptional Project Grants Application.
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 who have been appointed to a position equivalent to Assistant Professor no more than three years prior to the start of the grant term, to apply for funding for the Young Investigator Grant. This grant is open to applicants at institutions within a 200 miles radius of Greenwich, Connecticut (an area that includes cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, and Albany). This is a two year grant.
Applicants for 2014 grants must have been appointed to a position equivalent to Assistant Professor anytime after January 1, 2011. Grant applications are due on or before July 26, 2013. 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-December of the decision regarding their proposals.
Click here to download the Young Investigator Grant Application.
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 and mammograms for the uninsured/underserved. The programs must be located in Connecticut and/or Westchester County, New York. This is a one year grant.
For 2014 grants, final applications are due on or before July 31, 2013. 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 in mid-December of the decision regarding their proposals.
Click here to download the Education and Outreach Grant Application.
Breast Surgery Fellowships: The term of the Breast Surgical Fellowship is one year with a grant award of $75,000. Institutions making application for the 2014 award must have an established breast fellowship program, be SSO accredited and be located in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.
Any publicity associated with this program must recognize the Breast Cancer Alliance as a sponsor as much as reasonably possible and be recognized in any papers published in association with work done during or as a result of this fellowship.
Institutions should only put forth applicants who are US citizens, are an MD, and have successfully completed a general surgery residency at a US medical center. No more than one fellowship will be awarded to any institution.
Grant applications will be available on this website August 1, 2013. Final applications must be emailed to email@example.com on or before December 5, 2013.
Click here to download the Breast Surgery Fellowship Grant Application.
The goal of the BCA is to meet every individual, institution and/or organization that receives BCA funding. The primary purpose of the BCA site visit is to meet the grant recipient and learn about the progress of the research project or education and outreach program. A tour of the program facility or research lab should be included. Site visit presentations are to be given in layman terms and should not exceed two hours. Site visits are scheduled approximately midway through the grant period.
2013 Breast Cancer Alliance Grants
Young Investigator Grants
- Ryan Jensen, PhD, Yale University, Biomechanical and genetic characteristics of the BRCA2 sequence ~ Supported by the Mitchell Family
- Agnel Sfeir, PhD, New York University, Targeting alternative non-homologous end joining repair and breast cancer
- Ayca Gucalp, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Targeting androgen activity in androgen receptor (AR) dependent triple negative breast cancer ~ Supported by the Masin Family
Exceptional Project Grants
- Julia Tchou, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Mesothelin specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells as novel targeted therapy for women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) ~ Supported by the Black Family
- Mihaela Skobe, PhD, Mt. Sinai, Lymphangiogenesis and chemoresistance of breast cancer ~ Supported by the Walsh Family
- Jianxun (Jim) Song, PhD, Penn State University at Hershey, Impact of HER-2 specific CTLs from pluripotent stem cells on breast cancer
- Sandra Demaria, PhD, New York University, Selective targeting of checkpoint receptors with radiotherapy as a theraperutic strategy for breast cancer
Breast Surgery Fellowships (to begin July 1, 2013)
- Beth Israel Medical Center/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Continuum Cancer Centers of New York ~ Debbie Taylor Breast Surgery Fellowship
- The Cancer Institute of New Jersey/RobertWood Johnson Medical School
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Education and Outreach Programs
- CancerCare of Connecticut, Norwalk, CT
- Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT
- Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
- Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT
- Norwalk Hospital/Whittingham Cancer Center, Norwalk, CT
- Stamford Hospital Foundation, Stamford, CT
- Witness Project of Connecticut, Inc., Bridgeport, CT
- Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
- YWCA Greenwich ENCORE Program, Greenwich, CT
- YWCAWhite Plains and Central Westchester Encore Plus Program,White Plains, NY
- The Breast Cancer Alliance Junior Committee Education and Outreach Grant ~ Hospital of St. Raphael, NewHaven, CT