AACR Launches 2017 NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research

Letters of intent for the NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research are due Sept. 12

PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to announce the launch of the second round of its flagship grant program, the AACR NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research.

This grant mechanism is intended to promote and support junior faculty conducting creative, paradigm-shifting cancer research that might not otherwise be funded through conventional sources. These grants are expected to catalyze significant scientific discoveries and help talented young investigators gain scientific independence.

In the inaugural year of this program, four exciting projects led by bright young investigators were funded. For more information on the 2016 recipients, visit the AACR's website here.

"Early-career investigators are vital to future progress against cancer, because they are the source of many innovative ideas that move the field forward," said Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), chief executive officer of the AACR. "However, they have been among the hardest hit by the crisis in federal funding for biomedical research. Therefore, the AACR is thrilled to be able to offer this important funding opportunity to early-career investigators conducting groundbreaking research that has the potential to lead to major advances for patients around the world." 

Eligibility is limited to junior faculty who have held a tenure-eligible appointment as an assistant professor for no more than three years. The proposed research must represent a highly innovative approach to a major contemporary challenge in cancer research. The funded projects must have the potential to lead to groundbreaking discoveries in the field, and transform our understanding of the tumorigenesis process and/or our ability to treat, detect, or prevent cancer. The research can be in any area of basic, translational, or clinical science.

These grants provide a total of $450,000 over a period of three years, beginning July 1, 2017. The recipients will be formally recognized during the opening ceremony of the AACR Annual Meeting 2017, to be held April 1-5 in Washington D.C. The recipients will also formally accept their grants during the Annual Grants Reception and Dinner at the Annual Meeting.

Further details are available online. Letters of intent must be submitted by noon ET, Sept. 12, 2016, using the proposalCENTRAL website. Additional inquiries may be directed to Ashley Jones at