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. 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 $851,125 to researchers in Upstate and Western New York.

Request for Proposals: Applications for 2020 Grants Now Closed

The deadline to submit proposals for the 2020 round of grants has passed. Over the next several months, the proposals that were submitted will be reviewed. Grant recipients will be announced in early spring 2020.  The Request for Proposals for the 2021 round of grants will be posted here in September 2020.

For background for future submissions, applicants must be affiliated with for-profit or not-for-profit institutions in the eligible geographic area, including the Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca and Syracuse regions (see map below).  Proposals should focus on one of the Coalition research priorities of Etiology (Cause), Prevention, Prevention of Metastasis, Cure.

Questions? Please contact Research Administrator Helene Snihur, (585) 473-8177 or, or look at the appropriate RFP file below from 2020, either Faculty or Pre- and Post-Doctoral Trainees/Fellows.


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.

Applicant 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 $850,000 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: