Breast Cancer Alliance - Young Investigator Grants

There is no U.S. citizenship requirement.

Instructions for Electronic Submission

Submit the items requested below here  no later than May 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm in the order listed as one PDF document using the naming convention PI last name.first initial_YIG2021.pdf (see example below). 

Example: Smith.J_YIG2021

Budget: Salary support and project costs for a total of $125,000 (distributed over a two-year period). Administrative costs, which are included in the $125,000 award, must be limited to 8% of grant funds.

Number of Applications: 2 applications from WCM (Ithaca not involved) 

Program details:

The mission of the Breast Cancer Alliance is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To promote these goals, we invest in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support and screening for the underserved.

To accomplish this, the Breast Cancer Alliance:

  • Funds a diversified portfolio of breast cancer research
  • Funds Breast Surgery Fellowship programs
  • Funds the purchase of equipment for research
  • Provides timely information on breast health and the importance of early detection
  • Supports outreach and case managerial services, education, counseling and mammograms for underserved and underinsured women in mid to southern Connecticut and Westchester County, New York

This grant is intended to help advance the careers of young researchers who do not yet have their own major grant support. The research project must be directly related to the field of breast cancer. Areas of relevant research may include but are not limited to: diagnosis, etiology, immunology, genetics, therapies, prevention and clinical studies.

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  • Have held a faculty position for no more than four years following completion of their training, as of March 1, 2021
  • Have not been a principal investigator on an NIH R01 or equivalent national/international non-mentored award; and
  • Dedicate at least 50% of their work effort to research.
  • Current postdoctoral fellows who do not yet hold a faculty position are eligible to apply, provided they meet all the other stated criteria for Young Investigators. Postdoctoral applicants must demonstrate that they will have institutional support throughout the term of the agreement.

Application Requirements

Weill Cornell Medicine is limited to submitting two (2) nominees. Due to this limitation an internal selection process will be coordinated. Chairs/Division Chiefs submitting more than one nomination must comment on the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two nominees. The same comment should be repeated in both nomination letters and located after the Chair/Division Chief's signature block.

Submissions should contain the following information:

1.    A nomination letter detailing why the candidate should be considered (1-2 pages);

2.    A Research Proposal describing the nature of the research program. Please include: Specific aims, Background, Significance and rationale, and Preliminary data. 

3.    Applicant’s updated NIH Biosketch

Font style should be 12 point, Times New Roman, single spaced with at least half inch margins.

Submit the items requested above here no later than May 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm in the order listed as one PDF document using the naming convention PI last name.first initial_YIG2021.pdf (see example below).  

Example: Smith.J_YIG2021

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