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AACR-MPM Oncology Charitable Foundation Transformative Cancer Research Grants

Grant Amount $400,000 USD
Grant Term2 Years
Start of Grant Term11/01/2019
Letter of Intent Deadline05/10/2019 1:00 PM (EST)
Letter of Intent Notification Date6/20/2019
Application Deadline08/02/2019 1:00 PM (EST)
Decision Date9/30/2019 5:00:00 PM
Description

The AACR-MPM Oncology Charitable Foundation Transformative Cancer Research Grants are an exciting new funding initiative to stimulate “high-risk, high-reward” research from early- to mid-career investigators. This novel grant mechanism is intended to promote and support creative, paradigm-shifting cancer research that might not be funded through conventional channels. It is expected that these grants will catalyze significant scientific discoveries that will advance our understanding of cancer and have a potentially transformative impact on future clinical practice.

The grants provide $400,000 over a two-year period for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient and any collaborators (grant recipient/collaborator salaries limited to 25% of the total grant), postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, graduate students (including tuition costs), and research assistants, research/laboratory supplies, equipment, travel applicable to the research project, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses.

Program Guidelines

Letter of Intent Guidelines are available in PDF format.

Research Project Criteria

The proposed research must represent a highly innovative approach to a major problem or challenge in cancer research. The funded projects are expected to catalyze important advances in cancer research, and should have a potentially transformative impact on future clinical practice. The research can be in any area of basic, translational, or clinical research.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, MD/PhD, 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 November 1, 2019, applicants must hold an appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor. If eligibility is based on a future position, the position must be confirmed at the time of submission, 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 (AACR's SRGA) at grants@aacr.org before submitting his/her Letter of Intent for information on additional verification materials/signatures that may be required.

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 Letter of Intent 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 membership@aacr.org for assistance and with any questions.

Investigators may submit only one Letter of Intent for the AACR-MPM Oncology Charitable Foundation Transformative Cancer Research Grant per funding cycle but may concurrently apply for other AACR grants. Current AACR Grantees may apply, but must be up to date with all reporting requirements to be considered eligible.

Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible.

Postdoctoral or clinical research fellows or the equivalent who are working under the auspices of a scientific mentor are not eligible to apply. Qualified fellows are invited to apply for an AACR Fellowship.

All applicants with questions about eligibility must contact the AACR's SRGA at grants@aacr.org before submitting a Letter of Intent.

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 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 Letter of Intent 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 membership@aacr.org for assistance and with any questions.

Application Instructions

Letter of Intent Guidelines are available in PDF format.

AACR requires applicants to submit an online application by 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on May, 10, 2019, using the proposalCENTRAL website at https://proposalcentral.com.