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AACR-Aflac, Inc. Career Development Award for Pediatric Cancer Research

Grant Amount $100,000 USD
Grant Term2 Years
Start of Grant TermJuly 1, 2018
Application DeadlineOctober 18, 2017 1:00 PM (EST)
Decision Date3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
Additional Information

Grant recipient must attend the Grants Reception and Dinner (April 17, 2018) and formally accept their grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantee's registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.


The AACR-Aflac, Inc. Career Development Award for Pediatric Cancer Research represents a joint effort to encourage and support junior faculty to conduct pediatric cancer research and establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to pediatric cancer.

Research Project Criteria

Research projects may be in any discipline of basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological research with direct applicability and relevance to pediatric cancer.

Eligibility Criteria

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2018, 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; have independent laboratory space as confirmed by their institution; and work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

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 or professional degree.

Applicants with a medical degree must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency - whichever date is later - within the past 11 years (time spent in medical specialty or subspecialty training is not considered part of medical residency and will be counted against the 11-year window).

Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR-Aflac, Inc. Career Development Award for Pediatric Cancer 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 currently, or have been, a Principal Investigator on an NIH R01 award, DP2 award, MIRA award, or the equivalent, are not eligible. Qualified investigators are invited to apply for AACR grants for independent investigators.

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.

Postdoctoral or clinical research fellows or the equivalent who are working under the auspices of a scientific mentor are not eligible. Qualified fellows are invited to apply for an AACR Fellowship.

Citizenship Requirements

There are no citizenship or geographic 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 Active membership, and be members in good standing, by Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The application will be applied to 2017 membership dues. Nonmembers can apply for membership using the Official Application for Membership 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 electronic application by 1:00pm, Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, using the proposalCENTRAL website at

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.