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AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Midcareer Female Investigator Grant | Grant Status - Closed

Grant Amount$ 225,000 USD

Grant Term

3 Year(s)

Start of Grant Term


Application Deadline

12/19/2018 1:00:00 PM

Decision Date


Additional Information

​April 2, 2019 – Grant recipients must attend the Grants Reception and Dinner to formally accept their grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantees’ registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.


​Funding success rates for "mid-career" researchers have been consistently declining over the past two decades, resulting in a paucity of sufficient support for those who are managing burgeoning research labs. Gaps are also apparent for women and physician-scientists at this tenuous stage of their careers, as they seek to gain a foothold as established independent investigators. In an effort to sustain this pipeline of talented female physician-scientists and researchers in the biomedical research workforce, additional support mechanisms are necessary.

The AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Midcareer Female Investigator Grant was designed to address this need. This grant represents a joint effort to encourage and support mid-career female physician-scientists and researchers to conduct immuno-oncology research and to foster their career advancement toward becoming a senior investigator. Research projects may be translational and/or clinical in nature with a focus on immuno-oncology.

The grant provides $225,000 over three years for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient and any collaborators, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, graduate students, and/or research assistants; research/laboratory supplies; equipment; publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project; and other research expenses (indirect costs not permitted).

Program Guidelines

Research Project Criteria

​Research projects may be translational or clinical in nature with a focus on immuno-oncology.

Eligibility Criteria

​Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent doctoral degree) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree. Applicants must also  have received their first NIH R01 (or equivalent) award within the past 10 years. (i.e., grant cannot have been awarded before July 1, 2009).

Applications will be accepted from independent investigators who are affiliated with an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

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.

Individuals who are considered “early-stage investigators” (e.g, instructor, assistant professor, research assistant professor, or equivalent) are not eligible to apply. Qualified early-stage investigators are invited to apply for an AACR Career Development Award.

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.

Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Midcareer Female Investigator Grant 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.

Citizenship Requirements

​There are no citizenship 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

AACR membership is required. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR Membership 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. Lapsed members can renew their membership through their myAACR account.

Application Instructions

​AACR requires applicants to submit an online application by 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, using the proposalCENTRAL website at

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.