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Research Initiative | Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

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.

January 8, 2019

Breast Cancer Coalition Receives $10,000 to Support Research

BCCR staff and volunteer members of its Research Committee were present as BCN President Bev Jasinski (cernter, red jacket) presented a check for $10,000 to BCCR Executive Director Holly Anderson for BCCR’s Research Initiative.

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) has received $10,000 from the Breast Cancer Network of WNY Inc. to support the Coalition’s Breast Cancer Research Initiative. The donation will be used to help fund research grants, which are presented annually for innovative new projects with the potential to yield significant medical breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of breast cancer, prevention of metastasis, and cure.

Since 2003, the BCCR has awarded over $750,000 to researchers in The Finger Lakes Region of Upstate and Western New York. Proposals are solicited from medical and research institutions, with recipients selected through a competitive review process.  

“At the Breast Cancer Network of Western New York, we have a strong commitment to those living with advanced stage breast cancer, and donating funds for research is an important part of that,” said Executive Director Rob Jones. “We were inspired by the Coalition’s research initiative and wanted to be more purposeful by giving people the opportunity to contribute to research and know where and how their gifts would be used. But without the resources to create our own grant program, we decided instead to contribute to the excellent job the Coalition was already doing in identifying scientists and proposals to fund.”

The Breast Cancer Network of WNY, also known as BCN, was founded in 1988 by a group of breast cancer survivors to provide support and education to other survivors and their families. Based in Depew, BCN offers educational and wellness programs, support groups, TLC Totes to newly diagnosed patients and other services, and conducts advocacy efforts and fundraising for metastatic breast cancer research.

According to Holly Anderson, Executive Director of BCCR, “Though we are grateful for all gifts to our organization, it is particularly meaningful that one of our finest collaborators in the western New York region has thought to combine efforts to support an effective research program that is committed to keeping funds right here in our region. Breast cancer funding is becoming more and more competitive, which leaves dedicated regional scientists scrambling for funding. We are tremendously excited about this gift and will remain committed to these researchers for as long as funding allows.”  

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is a regionally-based, grassroots organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer through action and advocacy. Formally organized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 1997, the Coalition is presently the only full-scope independently operated organization focused specifically on breast cancer in the Greater Rochester Region.  Its Research Initiative, unusual for a grassroots organization, is an integral, tangible part of the Coalition’s commitment to eradicate breast cancer. The Coalition offers numerous free programs, including an annual Advanced Breast Cancer Seminar, monthly educational seminars, workshops, classes, and numerous support groups and programs on an ongoing basis.

Media Contacts for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester: Holly Anderson, Executive Director, 585-473-8177holly@bccr.org or Helene Snihur, Research Administrator, 585-473-8177helene@bccr.rog

Media Contacts for the Breast Cancer Network of WNY: Rob Jones, Executive Director, 716-706-0060, rob@bcnwny.org or Beverly Jasinski, President, 716-706-0060, bevj@bcnwny.org

Request for Proposals: Applications for 2019 Grants NOW CLOSED

The deadline to submit proposals for the 2019 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 2019.
The Request for Proposals for the 2020 round of grants will be posted here in September 2019.

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 helene@bccr.org, or look at the appropriate RFP file below from 2019, 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.

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: research@bccr.org