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AACR-Bayer Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships | Grant Status - Open

Grant Amount$ 100,000 USD

Grant Term

1 Year(s)

Start of Grant Term


Application Deadline

9/5/2019 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 the grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantees' registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.


Besides training in patient care, additional training in laboratory or clinical research are required for clinical fellows in order to stay up-to-date with the pace of medical progress. As such, many fellowship programs offer at least 12-months research time to these fellows to ensure they have sufficient expertise to contribute to laboratory-based research projects or clinical trials that will advance medical practice and improve patient outcomes.

The AACR-Bayer Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships Program is designed to encourage exceptional clinical research by bridging close collaboration between academia and industry. Each fellowship provides $100,000 over one year to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working at a Bayer facility in Cambridge, MA. Time to be spent at the Bayer over this one-year period can be flexible and is determined upon mutual agreement between the selected fellow and Bayer.

Selected clinical researchers will be provided with real-world experience in clinical development at the facilities of Bayer, including drug development, clinical trial design, and data analysis. They will be accountable for executing clinical research project(s) and completing the research within the one-year program. Outstanding fellows may be invited to extend the fellowship for an additional year. Opportunities for publication and presentation of the research will be provided.

Program Guidelines

​Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.

For frequently asked questions and additional information, please read the AACR-Bayer CORE FAQ sheet.

Research Project Criteria

During the research year at the Bayer facility, the fellows will be paired with a Bayer scientist who will serve as their mentor and shadow the mentor on their various activities, including meetings with project and study teams. This includes discussions on various topics (e.g., Regulatory strategy, Statistics, Marketing, Clinical Operations) with key stakeholders.

Research conducted during this year will provide the fellow with the opportunity to gain experience in drug development and understand challenges in early-stage and late-stage clinical research. Depending on the background of the fellow, additional focus areas can also be provided (e.g., preclinical research, biomarker discovery).

Eligibility Criteria

​Applicants must have a medical degree (including MD, DO, or MD/PhD) in a related field, and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree. Additionally, at the start of the grant term, eligible applicants must have completed their most recent residency within the past five years and must be currently working at an academic, medical, or research institution within the United States.

Clinical researchers currently enrolled in an accredited hematology/oncology or radiation oncology fellowship program at an academic, medical, or research institution within the United States are particularly encouraged to apply. Exceptional senior residents are also encouraged to apply.

Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR-Bayer CORE Training Fellowships 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. Clinical fellows applying from 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.

All applicants with questions about eligibility must contact AACR's Scientific Review and Grants Administration at before submitting an application.

Citizenship Requirements

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

AACR Membership Requirements

Applicants should be AACR members. Annual dues are not required for early-career researchers interested in Associate membership. 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 Application for Membership 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

AACR requires applicants to submit an online application by 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, September 5, 2019 using the proposalCENTRAL website at

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.

For frequently asked questions and additional information, please read the AACR-Bayer CORE FAQ sheet.