Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with "high risk/high reward" ideas that have the potential to significantly impact the understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer.
The award is specifically designed to provide funding for extra-ordinary 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.
Applicants (including non-U.S. citizens) must be conducting
independent research at a U.S. research institution. 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.
Applicants must belong to one of the following categories:
Tenure-track Assistant Professors within the first three years
of obtaining their initial Assistant Professor position;
Clinical Instructors and Senior Clinical Fellows (with an M.D.)
who are pursuing a period of independent research before taking a faculty position; and Postdoctoral Fellows and highly motivated recent Ph.D. and M.D. graduates who are pursuing a period of independent research before taking a faculty position.
The program awards between three and five new grants each year,
with each recipient receiving $450,000 over three years.
Complete program information and application procedures are