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Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities under development are listed below. While the AACR offers grants year-round, most opportunities become available in the Fall and may not have been previously listed on this page. As such, we recommend checking both this page and the Current Funding Opportunities page frequently for opportunities that may interest you.

Please note that the projected launch windows listed below are subject to change, and that the AACR is not able to make eligibility determinations prior to launch of the respective funding opportunities.

career development awards

More Career Development Awards coming soon.

Early Career Investigator Grants

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-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.

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].