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AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Grants

Grant Amount $250,000 USD
Grant Term2 Years
Start of Grant Term07/01/2022
Application Deadline02/07/2022 1:00 PM (ET)
Decision Date03/2022
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-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Grants represent a joint effort to promote and support independent investigators who are conducting innovative research focused on Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields; 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.

Each grant provides $250,000 over two years for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient and any collaborators*, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, graduate students and/or research assistants; research/laboratory supplies; equipment; travel; publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project; other research expenses; and indirect costs. (*Note that inter-laboratory collaboration is encouraged.)

Program Guidelines
Research Project Criteria

Research projects should examine the use of TTFields as a therapeutic modality. The research proposed for funding should be basic or translational in nature, promoting the transition of in vitro work into in vivo systems. Proposals focused on 1) translational approaches, promoting the transition of in vitro work into in vivo systems, 2) combination therapies involving TTFields, or 3) bringing treatments involving TTFields to the clinic are strongly encouraged.

Research proposals must incorporate use of the Inovitro® system into the experimental design. For grant recipients who are affiliated with institutions that do not currently hold a Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA) with Novocure for use of its devices, Novocure will provide this system to complete the research. For additional details, please see the MTA and Terms and Conditions. If selected for funding, Novocure will work with the institution to execute a MTA.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications are invited from researchers affiliated with departments of institutions* that do not hold an active AACR-Novocure grant (*Please see Table 1 found within the Program Guidelines and Application Instructions for a list of departments of institutions that currently hold an active AACR-Novocure grant). Institutions may submit multiple applications for the AACR-Novocure Career Development Awards for Tumor Treating Fields Research and the AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Grants for multiple applicants. However, no more than one applicant will be awarded from the same department of an institution.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree.

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 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 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. 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 Monday, February 7, 2022, using the ProposalCentral website at

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available in PDF format.