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 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
All research grant inquiries should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 2016 grants, those letters will be due on April 2, 2015. 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 the first week of May 2015 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 24, 2015. 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.
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 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 for a total of $125,000, with half the grant award being paid out each year.
Applicants for 2016 grants must (i) have held a faculty position for no more than four years following the completion of their training, as of February 1, 2016; (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. Grant applications are due on or before July 24, 2015. 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.
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 2016 grants, final applications are due on or before July 31, 2015. 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.
All education and outreach inquiries should be emailed to: email@example.com
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 2016 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.
2013 Breast Surgery Fellow, Dr. Stacy Ugras, wrote:
“I am honored to be the 2013 Breast Cancer Alliance funded fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This year has been extremely educational for me in all realms of breast surgical oncology. My education has included comprehensive exposure to breast surgery and the medical management of breast cancer, as well as exposure to breast pathology, radiology and radiation oncology. Among several other research projects, I have been able to perform research analyzing the rate of lymphovascular invasion and lymph node involvement among breast cancer molecular subtypes. I presented my research at a national meeting and submitted it for publication. I am extremely happy with my accomplishments this year and know my fellowship will set the stage for a career in academic breast surgery where I hope to care for patients while contributing to our knowledge of and ability to better treat breast cancer.”
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. A complete list of site visits can be found on our home page.