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AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award | Grant Status - Closed

Grant Amount$ 75,000 USD

Grant Term

1 Year(s)

Start of Grant Term


Application Deadline

11/21/2019 1:00:00 PM

Application Deadline Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time

Decision Date


Additional Information

April 28, 2020 – Grant recipient must attend the Grants Reception and Dinner to formally accept their grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantee’s registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.


The AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award represents a joint effort to encourage and support tenure-eligible junior faculty. The research proposed for funding must focus on research in cancer etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention and may be basic, translational, or clinical in nature.

The award provides a one-year grant of $75,000 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; publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project; and other research expenses.

The recipient of the 2020 AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award is required to give a presentation of their research in a mini-symposium at the AACR Annual Meeting 2021. (Travel support will be provided, separate from this grant, for the grant recipient to attend the 2021 meeting.)

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.

Research Project Criteria

​Proposed research projects may focus on any topic related to cancer etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention and may be basic, translational, or clinical in nature.

Eligibility Criteria

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 before submitting an application.

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

Applicant should be AACR members. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR membership, and be members in good standing, by the application deadline. Nonmembers can apply for membership using the Official Membership Application Form submitted to the AACR with the required documents or apply online. Suspended members can renew their membership through their myAACR account. Lapsed members should contact the Membership Department at for assistance and with any questions.

Application Instructions

The AACR requires applicants to submit an online application by 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 21, 2019, using the proposalCENTRAL website at

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.