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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. However, we expect that the process will likely take longer than originally expected, but 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].  


The Scientific Review and Grants Administration Team 

Independent Investigator Research Grants

AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Grants (Fall 2020)

This grant program supports independent investigators who are conducting innovative research focused on Tumor Treating Fields. Each grant will provide $250,000 over two years.


AACR-Bristol Myers Squibb Midcareer Female Investigator Grant (October 2020)

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

The grant provides $225,000 over three 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; publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project; and other research expenses. Please note that indirect costs are not permitted.

Career Development Awards

AACR-Novocure Career Development Awards for Tumor Treating Fields Research (Fall 2020)

These career development awards aim to support early-career investigators who are conducting innovative research focused on Tumor Treating Fields. Each award will provide a three-year grant of $225,000.

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2021, applicants must hold a faculty position with the title of assistant professor, instructor, research assistant professor, or the equivalent.

Early-career Investigator Grant

Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research (BIG Cat) (Fall 2020)

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-Cancer Research UK Transatlantic Fellowships (To Launch in 2021)

Represents a joint effort from AACR and CRUK to support exceptional investigators interested in establishing independence while beginning their postdoctoral research careers. These four-year grants of $400,000/£300,000 offer fellows a unique opportunity to explore independent research experiences and to forge international collaborations between the U.K. and the U.S.

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].