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AACR NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research | Grant Status - Open

Grant Amount$ 450,000 USD

Expected Number of
Funded Grants


Grant Term

3 Year(s)

Start of Grant Term


Letter of Intent Deadline

9/28/2018 1:00:00 PM

Letter of Intent Deadline Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time

Letter of Intent Notification Date


Application Deadline

1/18/2019 1:00:00 PM

Application Deadline Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time

Decision Date


Additional Information

Grant recipients are required to attend the AACR Annual Meeting Grants Reception and Dinner (April 2, 2019) to formally accept the grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantees' registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.


​The AACR NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research represent the AACR's flagship funding initiative to stimulate highly innovative research from young investigators. This grant mechanism is intended to promote and support creative, paradigm-shifting cancer research that may not be funded through conventional channels. It is expected that these grants will catalyze significant scientific discoveries and help talented young investigators gain scientific independence.

The grants provide $450,000 over three 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, travel applicable to the research project, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, other research expenses, and indirect costs.

Program Guidelines

Research Project Criteria

The proposed research must represent a highly innovative approach to a major contemporary challenge in cancer research. The funded projects must have the potential to lead to groundbreaking discoveries in the field, and transform our understanding of the tumorigenesis process and/or our ability to treat, detect, or prevent cancer. The research can be in any area of basic, translational, or clinical science.

Eligibility Criteria

​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.

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2019, applicants must: hold a tenure-eligible appointment (or equivalent, if institution does not follow a tenure system) at the rank of assistant professor (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible; Applicants that have progressed to associate professor appointments are also not eligible.); Have held a tenure-eligible assistant professor appointment for no more than three years (i.e., cannot have held a tenure-eligible appointment prior to July 1, 2016); and work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

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

If the future position is at a different institution than the applicant's current institution, the applicant must contact AACR's Scientific Review and Grants Administration Department (AACR's SRGA) at before submitting their Letter of Intent for information on additional verification materials/signatures that may be required.

Citizenship Requirements

​There are no citizenship or geographic requirements. However, by submitting a Letter of Intent 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 their 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 membership, and be members in good standing, by Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. The application will be applied to 2018 membership dues. Nonmembers can apply for membership using the Official Membership Application Form 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 1PM, U.S. Eastern Time on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, using the proposalCENTRAL website at

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