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AACR-Debbie’s Dream Foundation Career Development Award for Gastric Cancer Research

Grant Amount $200,000 USD
Grant Term2 Years
Start of Grant Term07/01/2022
Letter of Intent Deadline10/28/2021 1:00 PM (ET)
Letter of Intent Notification Date12/2021
Application Deadline02/01/2022 1:00 PM (ET)
Decision Date03/2022
Additional InformationAdditional details regarding this grant can be found in the Program Guidelines and Competitive Letter of Intent Application Instructions. Final determinations of eligibility will not be completed until the AACR is in receipt of the submitted Competitive Letter of Intent.

The AACR-Debbie’s Dream Foundation Career Development Award for Gastric Cancer Research represents a joint effort to encourage and support junior faculty to conduct gastric cancer research and to establish a successful career path in this field.

This award provides $200,000 over two years for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient, collaborators, 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 an allowable expenses.

Program Guidelines
Research Project Criteria

The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to gastric cancer. Projects may focus on any form of gastric cancer.

Eligibility Criteria

At the start of the grant term (July 1, 2022), 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 (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2011; the formal date of receipt of doctoral degree is the date the degree was conferred, as indicated on their diploma and/or transcript). Applicants with a medical degree must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency - whichever date is later - within the past three years.
  • Have independent laboratory space as confirmed by their institution.
  • Work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.
Citizenship Requirements

There are no citizenship or geographic requirements. However, by submitting a Letter of Intent 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 their 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 Thursday, October 28, 2021, using the ProposalCentral website at

Program Guidelines and Competitive Letter of Intent Instructions are available in PDF format.