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AACR-Debbie’s Dream Foundation Innovation and Discovery Grants

Grant Amount $50,000 USD
Grant Term1 Year
Start of Grant TermDecember 1, 2023
Application DeadlineAugust 17, 2023 1:00 PM
Decision DateOctober 2023
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 inaugural AACR-Debbie’s Dream Foundation Innovation and Discovery Grant is a new grant mechanism that seeks to encourage innovation and translation of ideas from basic research into new treatment options for gastric cancer.

Applications are invited from researchers currently in the field as well as investigators with experience in other areas of cancer or biomedical research.

Each grant provides $50,000 over one year for expenses related to the research project. Grant funds may be used for research expenses attributable to the project, which may include supplemental salary support, equipment, research/laboratory supplies, and other research expenses (indirect costs not permitted).

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available for download. Please read all program guidelines and instructions carefully before submitting an Application.

Research Project Criteria

These grants will support basic, translational, and/or clinical research projects that examine important and druggable* novel targets and/or biomarkers that are relevant for gastric cancer.

*For the purposes of this grant program, a "druggable" target is defined as a nucleic acid or a protein (e.g., an enzyme, a receptor) whose activity can be modified by a drug. The drug can be a small- molecular weight chemical compound or a biological, such as an antibody or a recombinant protein. The target should have been shown to be effective/mechanistically involved in cancer by relevant in vitro or in vivo models. A cancer-related biomarker might be a protein, a nucleic acid, or a metabolite that can be measured in biological fluids, tissue, or isolated cells for the diagnosis, monitoring, prognosis, or stratification of patients.

Eligibility Criteria

At the start of the grant term on December 1, 2023, applicants must:

  • Be investigators, holding a faculty position, who are affiliated with an academic, medical, or research institution.
    • If eligibility is based on a future position, the position must be confirmed at the time of application, and CANNOT be contingent upon receiving this grant.
    • If the future position is at a different institution than the applicant’s current institution, the applicant must contact the AACR’s Scientific Review and Grants Administration Department (the AACR’s SRGA) at [email protected] before submitting their application for information on additional verification materials/signatures that may be required.
  • Work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.
Citizenship Requirements

There are no citizenship 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, nor 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 application deadline. Nonmembers can apply for membership online or by submitting the Official Membership Application Form to the AACR with the required documents. 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 contact [email protected]. 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 complete an online Application submission by 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 17, 2023, using the ProposalCentral website at

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.