Breast Cancer Research Initiative

Applications are currently being accepted for the Coalition’s 2013-2014 Breast Cancer Research Initiative. To apply for a Coalition breast cancer research grant, submit a completed 2013-2014 Request for Proposals as instructed. For further details and guidelines, follow the link below to download the “Request for Proposals 2013-2014.”

Click here to download Request for Proposals 2013-2014.

Click here to view the history of grants awarded by the Coalition.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

We are excited to announce the award of two breast cancer research grants of approximately $50,000 each!

To view photos from our Tuesday press conference, please visit Ria Tafani’s website here.

Ryan Patrick Dawes, a graduate student at the University of Rochester, will receive funds to study breast cancer exosomes, novel intermediaries in psychosocial stress-induced tumor pathogenesis. If exosomes are shown to be predictors or agents of stress induced cancer changes, Mr. Dawes’ work could lead to the use of exosomes as biomarkers or to the development of therapeutic strategies to block exosome release or activity.

Ashwani K. Sood, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will receive the second grant. He will investigate immunologic targeting of PDEF oncogene in breast cancer. In lay terms, Dr. Sood’s work could lead to the development of a “vaccine” to prevent tumor recurrence and progression.

This is the Coalition’s 7th year of grand funding.

From 2003 to 2008 the Coalition awarded eight grants totaling more than $275,000. These grants, unusual for a not-for-profit “grassroots” organization, are a vital part of the Coalition’s continuing efforts to eradicate breast cancer.

More Information

For more information about future grant opportunities, please email Alison Currie, Research Initiative Administrator:


You may view photos from our 2013 press conference for the 2013 Research Grant by visiting Ria Tafani’s website here.

You may view photos from our 2007 press conference for the 2007 Research Grant here.