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AACR Gastric Cancer Research Fellowships | Grant Status - Open

Grant Amount$ 55,000 USD

Expected Number of
Funded Grants


Grant Term

1 Year(s)

Start of Grant Term


Application Deadline

1/25/2018 1:00:00 PM

Application Deadline Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time

Decision Date


Additional Information

Grant recipient must attend the Grants Reception and Dinner (April 17, 2018), held during the AACR Annual Meeting 2018, and formally accept the grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantee’s registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.

The recipient of Debbie's Dream Foundation-AACR Gastric Cancer Research Fellowship, in memory of Sally Mandel, must attend the VIP dinner on Friday, April 20, 2018 and the Education Symposium & Webinar followed by the Dream Makers Gala on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The weekend includes scientific and educational sessions in which grant recipients will discuss their funded projects and engage with the organization's Board of Directors, donors, and the broader gastric cancer community. Grant recipients will be acknowledged at the Dream Makers Gala. Support for travel to attend these events is provided separate from the grant by Debbie's Dream Foundation.

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.


AACR Gastric Cancer Research Fellowships represent a joint effort to encourage and support postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to conduct gastric cancer research and to establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to gastric cancer. Projects may focus on any form of gastric cancer. This grant program will offer the follwing fellowships for 2018:

1) Debbie's Dream Foundation-AACR Gastric Cancer Research Fellowship, in memory of Debbie L. Zelman, Esquire

2) Debbie's Dream Foundation-AACR Gastric Cancer Research Fellowship, in memory of Sally Mandel

3) AACR-No Stomach For Cancer Gastric Cancer Research Fellowship

These fellowships provide $50,000-$55,000 over one year to support the salary and benefits of a fellow while working on mentored gastric cancer research. A partial amount of the funds may be designated for non-personnel expenses, such as research/laboratory supplies, equipment, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses. Recipients will apply using a $55,000 budget; if awarded the lower amount, budget revisions will be requested.

Research Project Criteria

Proposed research projects may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature, and must have direct applicability to gastric cancer. Projects may focus on any form of gastric cancer.

Eligibility Criteria

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2018, applicants must: hold a mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or the equivalent; have completed his or her most recent doctoral degree within the past five years; and work under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree.

Applicants with a medical degree must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency - whichever date is later - within the past five years (time spent in medical specialty or subspecialty training is not considered part of medical residency and will be counted against the five-year window).

If eligibility is based on a future position, the position must be confirmed at the time of application and CANNOT be contingent upon receiving this grant.

Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible. Postdoctoral fellows conducting research in a U.S. government laboratory (e.g., NIH, CDC, FDA, etc.), are not eligible.

Any individual who currently holds an active AACR grant may not apply. Past grantees may apply if they complied with all progress and financial report requirements.

Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR Gastric Cancer Research Fellowships but may concurrently apply for other AACR grants. However, applicants are expected to accept the first grant they are awarded. Individuals may accept and hold only one AACR grant at a time.

Investigators currently or previously holding the rank of instructor, adjunct professor, assistant professor, research assistant professor, the equivalent or higher are not eligible. Qualified researchers are invited to apply for an AACR Career Development Award.

Citizenship Requirements

There are no citizenship or geographic requirements. However, by submitting an application for this grant, an applicant applying from an institution located in a country in which they are not a citizen or a permanent resident assures that the visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term at the institution from which they applied.

AACR Membership Requirements

AACR membership is required. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR Associate membership by Thursday, January 25, 2018. The application will be applied to 2018 membership dues. Nonmembers can apply for membership using the Official Application for Membership submitted to the AACR with the required documents or apply online. Lapsed members can renew their membership through their myAACR account.

Application Instructions

​AACR requires applicants to submit an electronic application by 1:00 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, January 25, 2018, using the proposalCENTRAL website at

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.