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AACR-Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award for Translational Cancer Research

Grant Amount $50,000 USD
Grant Term1 Year
Start of Grant Term07/01/2020
Application Deadline11/12/2019 1:00 PM (EST)
Decision Date03/2020
Additional Information

April 28, 2020 - Grant recipient must attend the Grants Reception and Dinner to formally accept the grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantee's registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.


The AACR-Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award for Translational Cancer Research provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology. The purpose of this jointly-supported award is to fund a physician-scientist during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment. Research projects are restricted to translational cancer research.

The award provides $50,000 over one year for expenses related to the research project. A partial amount of funds may be designated for non-personnel expenses, such as research/laboratory supplies, equipment, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses.

Program Guidelines
Research Project Criteria

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

Eligibility Criteria

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2020, applicants must be in the last two years of their final subspecialty training and within 10 years of obtaining their medical degree; have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted; have a mentor in the proposed research field from the sponsoring institution that will assume responsibility and provide guidance for the research; be able to commit at least 60% of full-time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the grant term; be planning an investigative career in clinical oncology; and work in an oncology laboratory or clinical research setting at an academic medical institution anywhere in the world.

Applicants must have a medical degree (MD, DO, MD/PhD, or equivalent) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree.

Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR-Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award for Translational 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.

Any individual who currently holds an active AACR grant may not apply. Past grantees may apply if they complied with all progress and financial report requirements.

Previous or current recipients of a Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award or an AACR-Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award for Translational Cancer Research are not eligible.

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 should be AACR members. Annual dues are not required for early-career researchers interested in Associate membership. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR membership, and be members in good standing, by the application deadline. Nonmembers can apply for membership using the Official Application for Membership submitted to the AACR with the required documents or apply online. Suspended Members can renew their membership through their myAACR account. Lapsed members should contact the Membership Department at [email protected] for assistance and with any questions.

Application Instructions

AACR requires applicants to submit an electronic application by 1:00pm, Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, using the proposalCENTRAL website at

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.