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AACR-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grants | Grant Status - Closed

Grant Amount$ 25,000 USD

Grant Term

1 Year(s)

Start of Grant Term


Application Deadline

1/19/2016 12:00:00 PM

Application Deadline Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time

Decision Date


Additional Information

​April 19, 2016 - Grant recipient must attend the Grants Reception and Dinner and formally accept the grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantee's registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.


Bayer and the AACR are proud to announce the 2016 AACR-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grants.

This new grants partnership will promote the key tenets of the Bayer  Grants4Targets™ Initiative, providing new treatment options for cancers with high unmet medical need, encouraging innovation and translation of ideas from basic research into novel drugs, and fostering collaborations between excellent academic groups and the pharmaceutical industry. This program offers one-year grants of $10,000-$25,000 to meritorious projects that examine important, and druggable*, novel targets and biomarkers.

It is anticipated that multiple grants will be funded.

*For the purposes of this grant program, a "druggable" target is defined as a nucleic acid or a protein (e.g.,  an enzyme, a receptor) whose activity can be modified by a drug. The drug can be a small-molecular-weight chemical compound or a biological, such as an antibody or a recombinant protein. The target should have been shown to be effective/mechanistically involved in cancer by relevant in vitro or in vivo models. A cancer-related biomarker might be a protein, a nucleic acid, or a metabolite that can be measured in biological fluids, tissue, or isolated cells for the diagnosis, monitoring, prognosis, or stratification of patients.

Research Project Criteria

​Successful applications will focus on the following oncology research areas:

  • Inhibition of cell proliferation
  • Survival signaling
  • Transcription and chromatin modulation
  • Cell cycle regulation
  • Tumor metabolism
  • Hypoxia
  • Immunotherapy
  • Antibody-drug conjugates

Applications that propose research outside of these areas (e.g., gene or cell therapy, vaccination, or unspecified approaches without defined molecular targets) will not be considered for review.

Eligibility Criteria

​In order to be eligible for this opportunity, applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent doctoral degree) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral or professional degree.

Applications will be accepted from independent investigators at all levels who are affiliated with an academic, medical or research institution in North America.  Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible.

Investigators may submit only one application for a AACR-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grant but may concurrently apply for other AACR grants.

Members of the Scientific Review Committee are not eligible to apply for a AACR-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grant.

Applications will be peer-reviewed by a Scientific Review Committee comprised of researchers and physician-scientists respected for their own accomplishments in cancer and drug discovery research and viewed as leaders in the field. The successful applicants will be notified in March 2016.

Citizenship Requirements

There are no citizenship requirements. However, by submitting an application for this grant, an applicant applying from an institution located in a country in which he/she is 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 he/she applied.

AACR Membership Requirements

AACR membership is required. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR Active-level Membership, and be members in good standing, by Tuesday, January 19, 2016. The application will be applied to 2016 membership dues. Nonmembers can apply for membership using the Official Application for Membership submitted to the AACR office with the required documents or apply online. Lapsed members can renew their membership through their myAACR account.

Application Instructions

​To complete the application, please go to Login using your username and password, then click the “Applications/Awards” tab on the top banner. Find the “2016 AACR-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grants” and click “Begin Application” and then follow the directions provided in the web form.