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Lustgarten Foundation-Swim Across America-AACR Pancreatic Cancer Early Detection Research Grant

Grant Amount $300,000 USD
Grant Term3 Years
Start of Grant TermJuly 1, 2024
Letter of Intent DeadlineOctober 16, 2023 1:00 PM (ET)
Letter of Intent Notification DateNovember 2023
Application DeadlineJanuary 8, 2024 1:00 PM (ET)
Decision DateMarch 2024
Additional InformationAdditional details regarding this grant can be found in the Program Guidelines and Competitive Letter of Intent Application Instructions. Final determinations of eligibility will not be completed until the AACR is in receipt of the submitted application.

The Lustgarten Foundation-Swim Across America-AACR Pancreatic Cancer Early Detection Research Grant represents a joint effort to support innovative research to advance efforts towards the early detection and interception of pancreatic cancer.

Applications from investigators with experience in other areas of cancer or biomedical research who have promising ideas and approaches that can be applied to pancreatic cancer research are especially encouraged.

The grant provides $300,000 over three years for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient, any collaborators, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, graduate students (including tuition costs associated with graduate students’ education and training), or research assistants; research/laboratory supplies; equipment; publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project; and other research expenses. Indirect costs are not permitted.

Grantees supported through this Program will have the opportunity to interact and/or collaborate with other investigators from the network of Lustgarten Foundation-funded investigators and laboratories as well as leading investigators in the AACR.

Program Guidelines

Download the Program Guidelines and Application Instructions here.

Research Project Criteria

Proposed projects may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to the early detection or interception of pancreatic cancer and be aligned with the goals and priorities of the Lustgarten Foundation.

Applications are invited from researchers currently in the field as well as from investigators with experience in other areas of cancer or biomedical research who have promising ideas or approaches that will directly apply to early detection or interception of pancreatic cancer. However, the applicability of the proposed project to pancreatic cancer research must be fully described. A track record of research in this specific field is not a requirement for funding.

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 will be accepted from independent investigators who are employed by an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world
    • 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.

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.

Citizenship Requirements

There are no citizenship or geographic 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 Letter of Intent 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 Monday, October 16, 2023, using the ProposalCentral website at

Download the Program Guidelines and Application Instructions here.