Stand Up To Cancer Announces Open Call for Ideas for $10 Million Dream Team of Top Investigators


​PHILADELPHIA – June 13, 2017 – Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is inviting proposals for a new $10 million Dream Team of top scientific investigators searching for new strategies to prevent or treat cancer, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), SU2C’s Scientific Partner, announced today.

Unlike other Dream Team grants offered by SU2C in recent years that focused on specific types of cancer, such as colorectal cancer or lung cancer, the new $10 million grant​ is open to any type of translational cancer research.

“SU2C continues to seek solutions to a broad range of cancer problems,” said Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, chairman of the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee, institute professor at MIT and its Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and Nobel laureate. “The door is open to bold new approaches to attack cancer, find new treatments, and bring new hope to patients.”

The SU2C Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant will fund a translational cancer research project that will address critical problems in patient care and deliver near-term patient benefit through investigation by a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, collaborative Dream Team of expert investigators, according to the “Call for Ideas” issued to the scientific community.

The ideas may focus on particular organ sites, patient populations (such as pediatrics), or on innovative methods of treatment. Projects must be designed to accelerate the application of new preventive, diagnostic, or therapeutic approaches to the clinic that lead to patient involvement within 2-3 years from the beginning of the grant. Proposals for a Dream Team research project must present plans indicating how the work will be translated into the clinic. The ideas should be based on perceived opportunities for success as well as high-priority areas with a critical need for rapid progress beyond current medical care.

In addition, through collaboration with the leading health care research and innovation center, OptumLabs, the team will have the opportunity to gain access to, and to conduct research using, OptumLabs’ proprietary database of de-identified medical claims and electronic health record clinical data, analytic tools, and research support to pursue the goals of the Dream Team.

To maximize creativity, innovation, and collaboration, the Dream Team must include laboratory and clinical researchers, senior and/or young investigators, and senior scientists who have not worked together in the past.

A Letter of Intent (LOI) must be submitted by noon U.S. Eastern time on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, using the proposalCENTRAL website at

An SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee will review the Letters of Intent and select several teams to be invited to submit a full proposal. The deadline for invited full proposals is noon ET on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, using the proposalCENTRAL website at

Since its inception in 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has launched 20 Dream Teams, six smaller Translational Research Teams, 46 Innovative Research Grants to individual investigators, 18 Phillip A. Sharp Innovation in Collaboration Awards, and other award programs and prizes.