Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Fellowship

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, in collaboration with the Sohn Conference Foundation, is accepting applications to fund basic scientists and clinicians who conduct research with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of one or more pediatric cancers. 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. Award amount up to $231,000 (majority as salary stipend). The application deadline is March 15, 2019.

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

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Fellowship
http://www.damonrunyon.org

Award Amount: up to $231,000 (majority as salary stipend)
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
Anticipated Award Notification: summer 2019
Anticipated Award Start Date: July, August, September or October 2019
RFP Synopsis:

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, in collaboration with the Sohn Conference Foundation, is accepting applications to fund basic scientists and clinicians who conduct research with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of one or more pediatric cancers. 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.

  • Level 1 applicants are eligible if their degree was conferred between September 15, 2017 – March 15, 2019 and they must have joined their Sponsor’s lab on or after September 15, 2017. If an applicant has not yet received his/her PhD diploma but has successfully completed all PhD requirements, including PhD defense, he/she may submit a letter from the graduate school explicitly stating such, with the date of the successful PhD defense and date of degree conferral. Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date. Applicants must not have been in their Sponsors’ labs for more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date and are expected to devote 100% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.
  • Level 2 applicants are physician-scientists who must have completed their residencies and clinical training, must be board eligible in the United States at the start date of the Damon Runyon-Sohn Fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-Sohn supported research activities. Applicants may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent); postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and clinical instructors are eligible to apply. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply. Candidates holding institutional K12 awards may apply, but must turn-back K12 funding if they are awarded a Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship.

No more than two Damon Runyon and/or Damon Runyon-Sohn Fellows will be funded to work with the same Sponsor at any given time. Only one fellowship application will be accepted from a Sponsor or Fellow per review session; there is no limit, however, to the number of applications from an institution. Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible. Indirect costs are not allowed for this award.

To read the full application guidelines, including detailed eligibility requirements, please visit: https://www.damonrunyon.org/for-scientists/application-guidelines/sohn#overview

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 Chapel Hill Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to assist UNC personnel pursuing privately funded opportunities.

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