Applicants must have
a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, MD/PhD, 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, 2020, applicants must hold a tenure-eligible appointment (or equivalent, if institution does not follow a tenure system) at the rank of assistant professor; have completed their most recent doctoral
degree within the past 11 years; and work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.
Applicants with a medical degree must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency (or equivalent) - whichever date is later - within the past 11 years.
Appointments such as research assistant professor,
adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting
professor, or instructor are not eligible. Applicants cannot be tenured or under consideration
for a tenured academic position at the time of the application. Applicants that have progressed to associate
professor appointments are also not eligible.
Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award 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. Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for‐profit private industry may serve as Collaborators, but no grant funds may be directed towards these individuals.
Investigators who are currently, or have been, a Principal Investigator on a substantial independent research award (e.g., an NIH R01 award, DP2 award, DP5 award, MIRA award, or the 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 may not apply. 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 to apply. Qualified fellows are invited to apply for an AACR Fellowship.
All applicants with questions about eligibility should contact the AACR's Scientific Review and Grants Administration at email@example.com before submitting an application.