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Young Investigator Grants

To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research, 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 contiguous United States. This is a two-year grant for a total of $125,000, with half the grant award being paid out each year.

The term of the Young Investigator Grant is two years, beginning on March 1, 2021. Full applications for the Young Investigator Grant are due on or before July 24, 2020. Applicants for the 2021 award must (i) have not held a faculty position for more than four years following completion of their training, as of March 1, 2021; (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 but who design and conduct their own independent research projects. The grant provides salary support and project costs for a total of $125,000 (distributed over the two-year period.) Administrative costs, which are included in the $125,000 award, must be limited to 8% of grant funds. Researchers should coordinate with their institutions, as the BCA will accept a maximum of 2 YIG applications per institution.

*PLEASE NOTE: BECAUSE MANY INSTITUTIONS REMAIN CLOSED OR AT REDUCED CAPACITY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS,  FOR THIS GRANT CYCLE WE WILL ACCEPT ANY LETTERS THAT ARE REQUIRED FOR THE APPLICATION (REFERENCE LETTERS, LETTERS OF SUPPORT, ETC.) TO BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY BY THE AUTHORS DIRECTLY TO THE BCA, RATHER THAN HAVING TO BE INCLUDED AS PART OF THE SUBMITTED APPLICATION.   ORIGINAL LETTERS DO NOT HAVE TO BE INCLUDED WITH THE HARD COPY OF THE APPLICATION.  

To download the 2021application click here

For questions about the application process email: researchgrants@breastcanceralliance.org or click here for FAQ's

**If you have already submitted an LOI for an Exceptional Project Grant but were not asked to submit a full proposal, you are ineligible to submit the same proposal for Young Investigator Grant.
 
In these extraordinary times, Breast Cancer Alliance aims to be realistic regarding our 2021 grant capacity. While we cannot guarantee this calendar cycle allows for the breadth of grants previously funded, we remain steadfast in our support of exceptional projects and young investigators.

Exceptional Project Grants

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 contiguous 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 2021 grants, those letters will be due on April 5, 2020, and should be email to researchgrants@breastcanceralliance.org. 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 2020 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 2 LOIs per institution.

Full applications for the Exceptional Project Grant are due on or before July 24, 2020. 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 by mid-February 2021 of the decision regarding their proposals. 

*PLEASE NOTE: BECAUSE MANY INSTITUTIONS REMAIN CLOSED OR AT REDUCED CAPACITY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS,  FOR THIS GRANT CYCLE WE WILL ACCEPT ANY LETTERS THAT ARE REQUIRED FOR THE APPLICATION (REFERENCE LETTERS, LETTERS OF SUPPORT, ETC.) TO BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY BY THE AUTHORS DIRECTLY TO THE BCA, RATHER THAN HAVING TO BE INCLUDED AS PART OF THE SUBMITTED APPLICATION.   ORIGINAL LETTERS DO NOT HAVE TO BE INCLUDED WITH THE HARD COPY OF THE APPLICATION.  

To download the 2021application click here

For questions about the application process email: researchgrants@breastcanceralliance.org or click here for FAQ's

**If you submit an LOI for an Exceptional Project Grant but are not asked to submit a full proposal, you may not then apply for a Young Investigator Grant for the same project.
 

In these extraordinary times, Breast Cancer Alliance aims to be realistic regarding our 2021 grant capacity. While we cannot guarantee this calendar cycle allows for the breadth of grants previously funded, we remain steadfast in our support of exceptional projects and young investigators.

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 2021 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 one CV may be submitted for consideration per institution, and no more than one fellowship will be awarded to any individual SSO accredited institution. For questions about fellowship funding please email: fellowships@breastcanceralliance.org. Applications are due on or before December 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified by mid-February 2021 of the decision regarding their proposals. 

To download the 2021 application, click here
 

In these extraordinary times, Breast Cancer Alliance aims to be realistic regarding our 2021 grant capacity. While we cannot guarantee this calendar cycle allows for the breadth of grants previously funded, we remain steadfast in our support of breast surgery fellowships.

Education and Outreach Grants

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 March 1, 2021. 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.

 

Breast Cancer Alliance offered one-time, off-cycle funding to institutions in Connecticut and Westchester County, NY supporting underserved patients affected by COVID-19. We are pleased to announce that $44,000 was granted to support those in need.

 

  • Regular applications are due by December 11, 2020.
  • 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 August 15, 2021 and a final report by May 1, 2022. 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 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-February of the decision regarding their proposals. 

 

To download the midterm report template for 2020 grants due by August 28, 2020, click here

Final reports for 2020 grants will be due May 1, 2021.

To download the regular application for 2021 grants, click here

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

In these extraordinary times, Breast Cancer Alliance aims to be realistic regarding our 2021 grant capacity. While we cannot guarantee this calendar cycle allows for the breadth of grants previously funded, we remain steadfast in our support of the underserved.


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