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

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is accepting applications to support early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. 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. Eligible applicants must have an MD, PhD or MD/PhD. 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. Award amount is up to $150,000 per year for up to two (2) years. The application deadline is July 6, 2017.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has identified the following private funding opportunity:

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award
http://www.damonrunyon.org

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is accepting applications to support early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. 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. Eligible applicants must have an MD, PhD or MD/PhD. 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. Joint submission from collaborators working in different disciplines will be considered. (The collaborators will share the award.) Each collaborator must meet the eligibility criteria. Applicants are expected to commit a minimum of 80% of their time to conducting research and applicants cannot apply more than two times. Furthermore, eligible applicants must belong to one of the following categories:

  • Tenure-track Assistant Professors within the first four years of obtaining their initial Assistant Professor position. (Cut-off date: July 1, 2013.)
  • Clinical Instructors and Senior Clinical Fellows (in the final year of their sub-specialty training) holding an MD who are pursuing a period of independent research before taking a tenure-track faculty position.  Such individuals must have an exceptional record of research accomplishment, dedicated laboratory space and the support of their institution.
  • Distinguished Fellows with an exceptional record of research accomplishment identified by their institution to pursue an independent research program and who have dedicated laboratory space.  These candidates are markedly distinct from traditional postdoctoral fellows.  Examples: Whitehead Fellows, UCSF Fellows, Cold Spring Harbor Fellows. [Research Assistant Professors, Research Associate Professors, Research Scientists and Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible.  If you are unsure about your eligibility for this award program, please contact the Foundation's Award Programs at 212.455.0520.

Awards are made to the institution, not the individual. The Award cannot be used for indirect costs or institutional overhead.

Application Deadline: July 6, 2017. Award notifications made December 2017 with funding beginning on January 1, 2018. Application Guidelines for the award: https://www.damonrunyon.org/for-scientists/application-guidelines/innovation.

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Brooke Church, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Health Affairs, at Brooke_Church@unc.edu or (919) 962-0024. The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. 

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