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AACR-AstraZeneca Career Development Award for Physician-Scientists, in Honor of José Baselga

Grant Amount $300,000 USD
Grant Term3 Years
Start of Grant TermJuly 1, 2023
Letter of Intent DeadlineFebruary 28, 2023 1:00 PM (ET)
Letter of Intent Notification DateApril 2023
Application DeadlineMay 31, 2023 1:00 PM (ET)
Decision DateJune 2023
Additional InformationAdditional details regarding this grant program can be found in the Program Guidelines and Competitive Letter of Intent Instructions. Final determinations of eligibility will not be completed until the AACR is in receipt of the submitted application.

The AACR-AstraZeneca Career Development Award for Physician-Scientists, in Honor of José Baselga has been established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. José Baselga, who was a scientific leader and supportive mentor to an entire generation of physician-scientists. Dr. Baselga’s research focused on novel molecular targeted therapeutics and he played a leading role in the clinical development of multiple cancer drugs. The intent of this program is to encourage and support early-career physician-scientists to conduct research and bolster the development of innovative targeted therapeutics.  The proposed projects may be translational or clinical in nature and focused on all aspects of oncology.

The grant provides $300,000 over a period of three years for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient and any collaborator, 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 research expenses. Indirect costs are not permitted.

Program Guidelines

Please review all Program Guidelines and Competitive Letter of Intent Instructions before submitting an application.

Research Project Criteria

Research projects may be in any area of translational or clinical cancer research.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have a medical degree (MD, MD/PhD, DO, 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, 2023, applicants must:

  • Hold a faculty position with the title of assistant professor, instructor, research assistant professor, or the equivalent. Applicants who have progressed to associate professor appointments are not eligible.
    • If eligibility is based on a future position, the applicant must contact the AACR’s Scientific Review and Grants Administration (the AACR’s SRGA) at [email protected] before submitting their application for information on additional verification materials/signatures that may be required.
  • Be able to commit at least 50% of full-time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the grant term. Commitments less than 50% may be allowed and will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the AACR’s SRGA.
  • Have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency (or equivalent) - whichever date is later - within the past 11 years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2012; the formal date of receipt of doctoral degree is the date the degree was conferred, as indicated on their diploma and/or transcript).
  • Have independent laboratory space and be able to hold independent funding as confirmed by their institution.
  • Have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted
  • Work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.
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

Applicants must be AACR Active members. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR Active membership by the Competitive Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline. Nonmembers can apply for membership online. Members can renew their membership through myAACR to bring their membership current. You will need your logon (email address) and password to access the member portal. If you require assistance logging in, please submit a help form. Lapsed members must be members in good standing by the LOI deadline and should contact the Membership Department at [email protected] for assistance.

Application Instructions

The AACR requires applicants to complete an online Letter of Intent submission by 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, using the ProposalCentral website at

Please review all Program Guidelines and Letter of Intent Instructions before submitting an application.