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AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Grants

Grant Amount $250,000 USD
Grant Term2 Years
Start of Grant Term07/01/2021
Application Deadline02/09/2021 1:00 PM (ET)
Decision Date03/2021
Additional Information

Annual Grant Awards Event During Virtual Annual Meeting 2021 - Grant recipient must attend the Virtual Annual Grants Awards Event to formally accept their grant. The grantee will be contacted regarding arrangements. Grant funds may be used to support the grantee’s registration at this Virtual Annual Meeting. 

In the event of unforeseen scheduling changes, the Grantee will be contacted regarding alternative arrangements.

Description

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. 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. 

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

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

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

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.

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.

Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Grants 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. Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for‐profit private industry may serve as Collaborators, but no grant funds may be directed towards these individuals.

Any individual who currently holds an active AACR grant may not apply. Past AACR grantees may apply if they complied with all progress and financial report requirements.

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.

Members of the Scientific Review Committee are not eligible to apply for an AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Grant.

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

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 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 submit an online application by 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, using the ProposalCentral website at https://proposalcentral.com.

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