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Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Update on COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis

We hope you and your loved ones are well, given the difficult circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that several funding opportunities are currently under development. Although we expect that the process may likely take longer than originally expected, please know that our team is working diligently to ensure that the new grants will be launched at the earliest possible date. We are closely monitoring the situation and will post upcoming funding opportunities here once a launch date has been confirmed. However, if you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact [email protected].  

Sincerely, 

The Scientific Review and Grants Administration Team 

midcareer investigator grants

AACR-Bristol Myers Squibb Midcareer Female Investigator Grant (Fall 2021)

This grant represents a joint effort to encourage and support midcareer female physician-scientists and researchers to conduct immuno-oncology research and to foster their career advancement toward becoming a senior investigator. Research projects may be translational or clinical in nature.

The grant provides $225,000 over three years for expenses related to the research project.
At the start of the grant term, July 1, 2022, eligible applicants must hold an appointment at the rank of associate professor and must also have received their first NIH R01 (or equivalent) award after July 1, 2012.

Early Career Investigator Grants

AACR-Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award for Translational Cancer Research (Fall 2021)

This Young Investigator Award is designed to fund a physician-scientist during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment. The grant will provide $50,000 in funding over one year to conduct translational cancer research.

At the start of the grant term, July 1, 2022, applicants must have a medical degree (MD, DO, or international equivalent), be in the last two years of their final subspecialty training with an interest in pursuing a career in investigative clinical oncology, and work under the auspices of a mentor in a laboratory or clinical research setting at an academic medical institution. There are no citizenship or geographic requirements; however, the applicant must have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted.

Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research (BIG Cat) (coming soon)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer estimates that cancer deaths in Africa will double by 2035. This trend poses major challenges for public health activities in Africa.

The goal of the Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research (BIG Cat) mechanism is to aid the next generation of African cancer researchers to base their careers in their home countries and institutions, and to contribute to the overall expansion of capacity for research and training in Africa by generating evidence that will guide practice and policy.

Each grant will provide US$55,000 over two years to support talented and creative early-career investigators residing and conducting research in Africa with relevance to the African cancer burden on the continent. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of cancer research, including descriptive epidemiology, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, supportive and palliative care, behavioral research, and cancer survivorship.

Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Fellowships

AACR Immuno-oncology Research Fellowships (Fall 2021)

The AACR Immuno-oncology Research Fellowships represent a joint effort to encourage and support postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to conduct immuno-oncology research and to establish a successful career path in this field.

Each fellowship provides a two-year grant of $120,000.

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2022, applicants must hold a mentored position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or the equivalent, and have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years. Applicants can work in an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world. There are no citizenship or geographic requirements.

AACR Anna D. Barker Basic Cancer Research Fellowship (Fall 2021)

The AACR Anna D. Barker Basic Cancer Research Fellowship encourages and supports postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to establish a successful career path in cancer research. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.

Each fellowship provides $110,000 over a two-year period.
At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2022, eligible applicants must hold a mentored position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or the equivalent, and must be within three years since the conferral of their most recent doctoral degree. Applicants can work in an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world. There are no citizenship or geographic requirements.

AACR-Cancer Research UK Transatlantic Fellowships (currently on hold; launch date TBD)

This is a four-year postdoctoral fellowship programme ($400,000 for US to UK fellows or £300,000 for UK to US fellows) to support exceptional investigators interested in establishing independence while beginning their postdoctoral research careers. These grants offer fellows a unique opportunity to explore independent research experiences and to forge international collaborations between the UK and US.

Graduate students in their final year and early career postdoctoral researchers will be invited to submit a letter of intent. Expected start of grant term is early 2021.

General Eligibility and Contact Information

Program guidelines and application instructions will be available on the opening date. AACR membership is required.

For a complete list of funding opportunities currently open to applications, please visit our Current Funding Opportunities page.

All inquiries regarding eligibility or general questions about the AACR’s Grants Program may be directed to [email protected].