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AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Fellowships

Grant Amount $120,000 USD
Grant Term2 Years
Start of Grant TermJuly 1, 2019
Application DeadlineFebruary 8, 2019 1:00 PM (EST)
Decision Date3/31/2019 5:00:00 PM
Additional Information

April 2, 2019 - Grant recipients must attend the Grants Reception and Dinner to formally accept their grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantee's registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.


Novocure and the AACR are proud to announce the inaugural AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Fellowships. These grants represent a joint effort to promote and support postdoctoral and clinical research fellows to conduct innovative research focused on Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields), which are intermediate frequency, low intensity, alternating electric fields that disrupt cell division in cancer cells. These grants are intended to provide a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of action of this novel anti-cancer treatment modality and to accelerate the development of new treatment strategies to advance therapeutic options for cancer. The research proposed for funding must be focused on the preclinical application of TTFields in cancer and may be basic or translational in nature.

Each fellowship provides a two-year grant of $120,000 to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working on a mentored cancer research project focused on the preclinical application and relevance of TTFields in cancer. 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 should examine the preclinical use of TTFields as a therapeutic modality. Projects may be basic or translational in nature. TTFields can be used alone or in combinations with other agents.

For grant recipients who are at an institution that does not currently have access to the InovitroTM TTFields Lab Bench System to conduct in vitro TTFields research, Novocure will provide this system to complete the research. For additional details, please see the Terms and Conditions.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, 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 July 1, 2019, applicants must hold a mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical researchfellow, or the equivalent, have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2014), and work under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Fellowships 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. Postdoctoral fellows conducting research in a U.S. government laboratory (e.g., NIH, CDC, FDA, etc.), 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.

Investigators currently or previously holding the rank of instructor, adjunct professor, assistant professor, research assistant professor, the equivalent or higher are not eligible. Qualified researchers are invited to apply for an AACR Career Development Award.

Exception: If you are an MD who is considered a postdoctoral fellow but hold the title of instructor so that you can see patients, you may be eligible. Potential applicants possessing an MD are encouraged to contact AACR's SRGA before submitting an application to verify your eligibility.

All applicants with questions about eligibility must contact AACR's Scientific Review and Grants Administration (AACR's SRGA) at [email protected] before submitting an application.

Citizenship Requirements

There are no citizenship or geographic requirements. However, by submitting anapplication for this grant, an applicant applying from an institution located in a country in whichthey are not a citizen or a permanent resident assures that the visa status will provide sufficienttime to complete the project and grant term at the institution from which they applied.

AACR Membership Requirements

AACR membership is required. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR Associate Membership by the application deadline. Nonmembers can apply for membership using the Official Membership Application Form submitted to the AACR with the required documents or apply online. In support of the professional development of early-career investigators, no annual dues are required for Associate membership. Lapsed members can renew their membership through their myAACR account.

Application Instructions