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. 




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




Susan Baserga, MD, PhD, Yale University, Targeting the nucleolus for breast cancer therapy

Adrian Lee, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Therapeutic targeting of novel pathways in breast cancer brain metastases

Timothy Lu, MD, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Walsh Family Grant, Tumor-specific transcription signatures for gene-circuit-triggered combinatorial immunotherapy for breast cancer

Steffi Oesterreich, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Understanding the importance of ESR1 fusion genes in metastatic breast cancer 

Helen Piwnica-Worms, PhD, MD Anderson, Identifying and targeting vulnerabilities in primary TNBC

Esther Rheinbay, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Supported by Friends of Tami Eagle Bowling, Role of FOXA1 promoter mutation in endocrine resistance and breast cancer metastasis

Alex Toker, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess, Deborah G. Black Memorial Grant, Precision medicine approaches to target oncogenic fusions in TNBC

Qin Yan, PhD, Yale University, Norma Lies Mitchell Memorial Grant, Targeting KDM5B histone demethylase to boost anti-tumor response in breast cancer

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.




Elizabeth Berger, MD, Pitch Your Peers Fellow Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Nicole T. Gordon, MD, Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai

Shkala Karzai, MD, Debbie Taylor Fellow Mount Sinai Beth Israel Mount Sinai West

Jonathan K. Smith, MD Rodkin Family Fellow Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

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.




Cancer Support Team
Gilda’s Club Westchester
Greenwich Hospital
Griffin Hospital,
Supported by the Chambers Foundation
Hartford Hospital
Hospital of Central Connecticut
Middlesex Hospital,
Masin Family Grant
Norma F. Pfriem Breast Cancer Center
Norwalk Hospital/Whittingham Cancer Center
Open Door Family Medical Center
Stamford Health at Stamford Hospital
White Plains Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital


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