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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Awards | Grant Status - Closed

Grant Amount$ 200,000 USD

Expected Number of
Funded Grants


Grant Term

2 Year(s)

Start of Grant Term


Letter of Intent Deadline

10/17/2016 12:00:00 PM

Letter of Intent Deadline Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time

Letter of Intent Notification Date


Decision Date


Additional Information

Program Guidelines and Competitive Letter of Intent Instructions​ are available in PDF format.

Grant recipient must attend the Grants Reception and Dinner (April 4, 2017) and formally accept the grant. Support for travel and complimentary registration to attend the Annual Meeting will be provided separate from the grant by the AACR. 


The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Awards represent a joint effort to encourage and support junior faculty to conduct pancreatic cancer research and establish successful career paths in this field.

The grants provide $200,000 over two years for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, graduate students (including tuition costs), and research assistants, research/laboratory supplies, equipment, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses.

Research Project Criteria

Research projects must have direct applicability and relevance to pancreatic cancer. They may be in any discipline of basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological research, and fall within at least one of the categories of the Common Scientific Outline (Biology; Etiology; Prevention; Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Prognosis; Treatment; Cancer Control, Survivorship, and Outcomes Research; or Scientific Model Systems []).

Eligibility Criteria

​At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2017, applicants must: hold a faculty position with the title of assistant professor, instructor, research assistant professor, or the equivalent (Applicants that have progressed to associate professor appointments are not eligible.); have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past 11 years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 2, 2006); have independent laboratory space as confirmed by their institution; and work at an academic, medical, or research institution within the United States. 

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent) in the biomedical sciences or in a field applicable to health science research 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 11 years (time spent in medical specialty or subspecialty training is not considered part of medical residency and will be counted against the 11-year window).

Investigators may submit only one Letter of Intent for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Awards 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.

Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible.

Investigators who currently, or have been, a Principal Investigator on an NIH R01 award, or their equivalent, are not eligible. Qualified investigators are invited to apply for AACR grants for independent investigators.

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

Postdoctoral or clinical research fellows or the equivalent who are working under the auspices of a scientific mentor are not eligible. Qualified fellows are invited to apply for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grant and/or an AACR Fellowship.

Citizenship Requirements

There are no citizenship requirements. However, by submitting a Letter of Intent for this grant, an applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident assures that their visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term within the United States.

AACR Membership Requirements

AACR membership is required. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR Active membership, and be members in good standing, by Monday, October 17, 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 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 Letter of Intent by noon, Eastern Time on Monday, October 17, 2016, using the proposalCENTRAL website at

Program Guidelines and Competitive Letter of Intent Instructions​ are available in PDF format.