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AACR-Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation Young Investigator Award for Translational Cancer Research

Grant Amount $50,000 USD
Grant Term1 Year
Start of Grant TermJuly 1, 2024
Application DeadlineOctober 31, 2023 1:00 PM
Decision DateFebruary 2024
Additional InformationAdditional details regarding this grant can be found in the Program Guidelines and Application Instructions. Final determinations of eligibility will not be completed until the AACR is in receipt of the submitted application.

The AACR-Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation Young Investigator Award for Translational Cancer Research provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in translational 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, 2024, applicants must:

  • Be in the last two years of their final subspecialty training and within ten years of obtaining their medical degree. (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2014; the formal date of receipt of doctoral degree is the date the degree was conferred, as indicated on their diploma and/or transcript).
    • Examples of subspecialty training include, but are not limited to, a hematology-oncology fellowship, a surgical oncology fellowship, or a radiation oncology residency. 
  • 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; the mentor must 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.
  • Work in an oncology laboratory or clinical research setting at an academic medical 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 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 by the application deadline. Nonmembers can apply for membership online. Please review the Membership Categories for the category that best fits your qualifications. 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 application deadline and should contact the Membership Department at [email protected] for assistance.

Application Instructions

The AACR requires applicants to submit an online application by 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, using the ProposalCentral website at

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.