Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Multiple Funding Opportunities

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is currently seeking applications for multiple funding opportunities including the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award and the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award.

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Damon Runyon Fellowship Award:

The Foundation is seeking applications for theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM. Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a Sponsor – a scientist (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the Fellow. Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral fellowship award are not eligible.

  • Level 1 funding is awarded to basic and physician-scientists who have received their degrees no more than one year prior to the FC meeting at which their applications will be considered. Applicants cannot have been in their Sponsors’ labs for more than one year prior to the date of the FAC meeting and are expected to devote 100% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.
  • Level 2 funding is awarded to physician-scientist applicants (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM or equivalent) must have completed their residencies and clinical training must be Board-eligible in the US at the start date of the Damon Runyon Fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to Damon-Runyon-supported research activities. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of the application are not eligible to apply.

Awards will be made to the institution. 

Application Deadline: August 15, 2016. Selection meeting date is November 11, 2016 with award beginning around January-April 2017. Application Guidelines for the award. 

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award:

The Foundation is accepting applications to support the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. The Innovation Award is specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field. Awards are made to institutions for support of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Investigators and cannot be used for indirect costs or institutional overhead.

Applicants must have received an MD, PhD or MD/PhD degree(s). Basic and translational/clinical projects will be considered. Applications will be accepted from all scientific disciplines provided that the proposed research meets the selection criteria. Applicants with a background in multiple disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. Joint submission from collaborators working in different disciplines will be considered. Please read the application guidelines (link below) for complete eligibility requirements for this funding opportunity.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2016. Finalists will be notified in October 2016, with finalist interviews scheduled on November 18, 2016. Award notification will be by December 2016 with funding dispersed by January 1, 2017. Application Guidelines for the award. 

CFR Contact: Brooke Church, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Health Affairs, Brooke_Church@unc.edu or 919-962-0024.

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