Breast Cancer Coalition Awards $75,000 to Support Research
Two research proposals have been awarded funding by the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.
- Dr. Isaac Harris, an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Associate Member at Wilmot Cancer Center, has been awarded The Coalition’s 2020 Faculty Grant in the amount of $50,000. He will examine how an antioxidant can help cancer cells thrive.
- Matthew Lee Tan, a fourth-year PhD student at Cornell University will receive $25,000 to investigate a possible reason for the metastasis (spread) of breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Coalition annually offers grants for breast cancer research:
- $50,000 for Faculty Applicants
- $25,000 for Pre-Doctoral Trainees or Post-Doctoral Fellows
The grants are awarded to fund innovative new projects with the potential to yield significant medical breakthroughs in the cause and prevention of breast cancer, prevention of metastasis, and cure. Research proposals are solicited from regional medical and research institutions and through the Coalition’s website. Since 2003, the Coalition has awarded $951,125 to researchers in Upstate and Western New York.
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:
- Prevention of Metastasis
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.
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.
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.
To see our grant history follow this link: Grant History 2003 to present