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 October 1, 2018, applicants must:
Hold a full-time, mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or the equivalent; this position must have been held for at least one, but not more than three, years
- If eligibility is based on a future position, the position must be confirmed at the time of application, 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) before submitting their application for information on additional verification materials/signatures that may be required.
Have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past one to three years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before October 1, 2015; the formal date of receipt of doctoral degree is the date the degree was conferred, as indicated on their diploma and/or transcript)
Work under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution in the United States of America
- Applicants with a medical degree must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency - whichever date is later - within the past three years (time spent in medical specialty or subspecialty training is not considered part of medical residency and will be counted against the three-year window).
An exception to the three-year window may be granted for parental leave or other well justified leave from research for pressing personal or family situations of generally less than 12 months duration. Applicants whose experience exceeds the maximum of three years but who believe they are eligible (e.g., maternity/family leave) must contact AACR’s SRGA before submitting an application to verify their eligibility.
Applicants who believe that they are at the level of postdoctoral or clinical research fellow, but hold a different title may be eligible and must contact AACR’s SRGA before submitting an application.
Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR-Bayer START Grants 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. Postdoctoral fellows conducting research in a U.S. government laboratory (e.g., NIH, CDC, FDA, etc.) are not eligible.
Any individual who currently holds an active AACR grant may not apply. Past grantees may apply if they complied with all progress and financial report requirements.
Investigators currently or previously holding the rank of instructor, adjunct professor, assistant professor, research assistant professor, the equivalent or higher are not eligible. Qualified researchers are invited to apply for an AACR Career Development Award.
Exception: If you are an MD who is considered a postdoctoral fellow but hold the title of instructor so that you can see patients, you may be eligible. Potential applicants possessing an MD are encouraged to contact AACR’s SRGA before submitting an application to verify your eligibility.
All applicants with questions about eligibility must contact AACR’s SRGA at email@example.com before submitting an application.