Breast Cancer Research Initiative

The Breast Cancer Coalition annually offers a maximum of two breast cancer research grants: $25,000 for Pre-Doctoral Trainees or Post-Doctoral Fellows and $50,000 for Faculty Applicants.

Left to right: Barbara Clarke, Cathy Dolan, Alison Currie, Dominique Boller, Elizabeth A. Repasky, PhD., Michael J. Lukey, PhD., Julie Overbeck, Jennifer Gaylord, Jeanne Verhulst, Kathy Simpson, and Holly Anderson

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Submission Deadline:
December 29, 2017

Newsflash: The Breast Cancer Coalition announces the award of $75,000 for breast cancer research including its inaugural grant of $25,000 to a Post-Doctoral Fellow.


On Wednesday, March 29, The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester awarded a $50,000 breast cancer research grant to Elizabeth A. Repasky, Ph.D. Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and its first $25,000 Pre/Postdoctoral grant to Michael J. Lukey Ph.D. Post-Doctoral Trainee and Research Assistant in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University.

This innovative $25,000 grant, initiated in 2017, offers Pre-Doctoral Trainees or Post-Doctoral Fellows a rare opportunity to obtain funding to test a hypothesis, conduct groundbreaking research, and  publish their results. In addition, it promotes and supports the involvement of mentors and colleagues in the grantee’s chosen area of research.

Dr. Repasky will study the role of chronic stress in the promotion of tumor progression in breast cancer. She is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo Department of Anatomical Sciences with a Ph.D. in Anatomy/Cell Biology.

Dr. Lukey will study how specific enzymes impact the outcomes experienced in triple negative breast cancer. He is a graduate of Oxford University UK in Chemical and Molecular Biochemistry at Oxford UK and focuses on cellular and breast cancer metabolism.

About the Research Initiative:

The Coalition is committed to supporting and furthering breast cancer research. The Research Initiative, unusual for a nonprofit “grassroots” organization,  is an integral part of the Coalition’s continuing efforts to eradicate breast cancer.

The grants are intended to focus on four breast cancer research areas prioritized  by the Coalition:

  • Cause
  • Prevention
  • Prevention of Metastasis
  • Cure

Coalition grant money is intended for use as “seed money” to fund innovative new projects with the potential to yield significant medical breakthroughs. Through our funding, recipients are given the opportunity to generate the preliminary data required to apply for larger grants from major institutions such as the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Health. The Research Advisory Board, a diverse group of researchers, scientists, clinicians, and survivor advocates, keeps the research program up to date, reviews and scores proposals, and makes funding recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Service-area-mapApplicant Eligibility:

Researchers affiliated with for-profit and non-profit institutions based in Western and portions of Central New York  are eligible to apply. The funds awarded must be spent within the calendar year of the date of the grant and remain in the specified geographic area; however, travel to attend professional conferences is encouraged.

Grant History:

The Coalition’s research grant program began in 2003 with a single grant of $25,000. The Coalition suspended its Research Initiative in 2008 to join the New York State Health Research Science Board (HRSB) grant process. For a variety of reasons, the Coalition withdrew from the HRSB and re-launched its Research Grant Initiative for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

The Coalition’s Research Initiative has awarded more than $700,000 to area researchers since 2003.

To see our grant history follow this link: Grant History 2003 to present

Additional Information:

For more information about future grant opportunities, please email the Coalition at: