What We Fund

BCA funds four types of grants annually: Exceptional Project Grants, Young Investigator Grants, Breast Surgery Fellowships and Education and Outreach Grants.

Young Investigator Grants

TWO YEARS | $125,000

This grant is meant for those at an early stage in their research career to help provide seed funding for the research required to apply for larger, longer term grants, often with the NIH. (To secure federal funding, a researcher must prove a theory works; the BCA creates the critical bridge between novel research and the opportunity to generate preliminary results.)

Clinical doctors and research scientists with a primary focus in breast cancer-and who, following completion of their training, will not have held a faculty position for more than four years at the start date of the grant-are invited to apply. 


2021 RECIPIENTS (In their first grant year)

Gloria Echeverria, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Characterizing and targeting mitochondrial metabolism in chemoresistant triple negative breast cancer

Jennifer Rosenbluth, MD, PhD, Dana Farber Cancer Center, Modeling cancer prevention in mammary organoids derived from BRCA1/2 mutation carriers

Maria Soledad Sosa, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Targeting disseminated breast cancer cells to prevent metastasis, Deborah G. Black Memorial Research Grant

2020 RECIPIENTS (In their second grant year)

Colt Egelston, PhD, City of Hope, Tumor-derived T cell receptors for engineered T cell therapy of breast cancer

Pengda Liu, PhD, University of North Carolina, Targeting the deubiquitinase OTUD6B in basal-like breast cancer

Thomas O’Sullivan, PhD, University of Notre Dame, Multifunctional microimplants for sensing and delivery of response-guided treatment in breast cancer, Supported by Jill and John Coyle

Marjan Rafat, SB, SM, PhD, Vanderbilt University, Novel mammary organoids to examine radiation-induced recurrence in HER2BC

Laura Spring, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Neoadjuvant Model as a Translational Tool to Improve outcomes in ER+ Breast Cancer, Deborah G. Black Memorial Grant

Eneda Toska, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, (first year: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) Elucidating the role of ARID1A in lineage plasticity and endocrine therapy resistance in ER+ breast cancer, Deborah G. Black Memorial Grant

2019 RECIPIENTS (finishing their second of two grant years)

Teresa Davoli, PhD, NYU School of Medicine
Targeting breast cancer specific aneuploidy

Madeleine Oudin, BSc, MSc, PhD, Tufts University
Dissecting the role of innervation in breast cancer progression and metastasis

Nidhi Sahni, MD, MD Anderson
Novel role of spliceosome in homologous recombination deficiencies in TNBC

Exceptional Project Grants

ONE YEAR | $100,000

This award recognizes creative, unique and innovative research. Clinical doctors and research scientists whose primary focus is breast cancer are invited to apply



Scott Abrams, PhD and Michael Nemeth, Roswell Park, Unique combination immunotherapy to confront triple negative breast cancer

Rumela Chakrabarti, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, A novel combination immunotherapy to improve treatment of metastatic triple negative breast cancer, Deborah G. Black Memorial Research Grant

Jianua Yu, PhD, City of Hope, An oncolytic virus-engineered to express a full-length anti-CD47 lgG1 antibody for the treatment of breast cancer brain metastasis, Supported by Jane and Stuart Weitzman in memory of Irma Wallin


Mary L. Disis, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, Vaccination Targeting Breast Cancer Stem Cells, Supported by Susan Bevan & Tony Daddino

Hani Goodarzi, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, Leveraging circulating cancer-specific orphan RNAs for screening of women with BRCA1/2 mutations, The Walsh Family Grant

Poulikos Poulikakos, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Targeting SHP2 as a converging node of targeted and immune therapy in TNBC

Jose Silva, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Alterations in microtubule dynamics: the Yin and Yang of chemoresistance in triple negative breast cancers, Supported by Tami Eagle Bowling and Friends

Sichun Yang, PhD, Case Western University, Drugging the undrugged for advanced ER-positive breast cancer

Junran Zhang, MD, Ohio State University, Interruption of Squalene Epoxidase and DNA Damage Response

Breast Surgery Fellowships

ONE YEAR | $75,000

Society of Surgical Oncology accredited institutions that are located in NY, NJ or CT may apply for funding for fellowships.



Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Marissa Srour, MD

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Kelly Krupa, MD, Rodkin Family Breast Surgery Fellowship

Yale University, Billie Borden, MD, Supported byt the Mitchell Family


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Sarah Ponto Shubeck, MD, MS

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Michelle Abghari, MD, Rodkin Family Breast Surgery Fellowship

Yale University, Angeleke Saridakis, MD, Mitchell Family Breast Surgery Fellowship

Education & Outreach


 These grants support programs directly related to outreach and breast cancer case management services, including education, counseling and screening for the uninsured/underserved. The programs must be located in Connecticut and/or Westchester County, New York. Directors of such programs are invited to apply. To make a donation to support these women, click here



Danbury Hospital/New Milford Hospital, Paula L. Banwell Memorial Grant

Gilda’s Club Westchester

Greenwich Hospital

Griffin Hospital

Hartford Hospital

Hospital of Central Connecticut

Mary's Center

MedStar Georgetown

Middlesex Hospital

Norma F. Pfriem Breast Cancer Center

Norwalk Hospital

Open Door Family Medical Center

Stamford Hospital

White Plains Hospital

Yale New Haven Hospital


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