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AACR-Novocure Career Development Award for Tumor Treating Fields Research | Grant Status - Closed

Grant Amount$ 225,000 USD

Grant Term

3 Year(s)

Start of Grant Term


Application Deadline

2/8/2019 1:00:00 PM

Decision Date


Additional Information

​April 2, 2019 – 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.


​Novocure and the AACR are proud to announce the inaugural AACR-Novocure Career Development Award for Tumor Treating Fields Research. This grant represents a joint effort to promote and support early-career investigators to conduct innovative research focused on Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields), which are intermediate frequency, low intensity, alternating electric fields that disrupt cell division in cancer cells. This grant is intended to provide a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of action of this novel anti-cancer treatment modality and to accelerate the development of new treatment strategies to advance therapeutic options for cancer. The research proposed for funding must be focused on the preclinical application of TTFields in cancer and may be basic or translational in nature.

The award provides a three-year grant of $225,000 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 associated with graduate students’ education and training), or research assistants; research/laboratory supplies; equipment; publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project; and other expenses.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.

Research Project Criteria

​Research projects should examine the preclinical use of TTFields as a therapeutic modality. Projects may be basic or translational in nature. TTFields can be used alone or in combinations with other agents.

For grant recipients who are at an institution that does not currently have access to the InovitroTM TTFields Lab Bench System to conduct in vitro TTFields research, Novocure will provide this system to complete the research. For additional details, please see the Terms and Conditions.

Eligibility Criteria

​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 July 1, 2019, applicants must hold a faculty position with the title of assistant professor, instructor, research assistant professor, or the equivalent, have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past 11 years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2008), and work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR-Novocure Career Development Award for Tumor Treating Fields Research 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. 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.

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.

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.  

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

Citizenship Requirements

​There are nocitizenship or geographic requirements. However, by submitting an application for this grant, anapplicant applying from an institution located in a country in which they are not a citizen or apermanent resident assures that the visa status will provide sufficient time to complete theproject 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 Active Membership, and be members in good standing, by the grant 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

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.