Extramural Funding

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The following is a list of active extramural funding opportunities, provided as a courtesy to UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center members. To be included on this list, funding must be unlimited or not administered directly by the JCCC.

Listings are generally updated as a batch on a monthly basis. Entries are ordered by posting date, with most recent postings first. Funding opportunities are removed from this list once their final application due date has passed.

**IMPORTANT** The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law in December 2016, and authorizes $1.8 billion over seven years to fund the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The National Cancer Institute has released numerous funding opportunity announcements, and additional funding initiatives are anticipated. You are encouraged to visit their website for a complete and current list of funding opportunities that may be available to you.

Posted September 20, 2017

AACR 2018 Basic Cancer Research Fellowships

Application Due Date(s): Letter of Intent due September 27, 2017 / Full application due January 22, 2018

How to Apply: Please download the PDF for application guidelines and submission

Description: The AACR Basic Cancer Research Fellowships encourage and support postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to establish a successful career path in cancer research. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.

The fellowships provide one-year grants of $50,000 to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working on a mentored basic cancer research project. A partial amount of funds may be designated for non-personnel expenses, such as research/laboratory supplies, equipment, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses.


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program

Application Due Date(s): Letter of Intent due September 29, 2017 / Full application due November 15, 2017

How to Apply: Please visit their website for application guidelines and submission

Description: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services. To advance these goals, the society's Translational Research Program was developed to encourage and provide early support for clinical research in leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma focused on innovative approaches to treatment, diagnosis, and prevention. The program is designed to support new and innovative research that demonstrates high promise for translating basic biomedical knowledge to clinical application. Projects should be based on molecular, cellular, or integrated systems findings and be conceptually innovative.

This award provides up to $200,000 for a three-year period.


Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Application Due Date(s): October 1, 2017

How to Apply: Please visit their website for application guidelines and submission

Description: The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology. A panel of scientists drawn from our Scientific Advisory Council rigorously evaluates each candidate, the intended sponsor and training environment, and the nature and feasibility of the proposed project.

The Institute seeks hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology. The applicant and sponsor must clearly state the potential of the proposed studies to directly impact our understanding of the immune system’s role in cancer risk, tumor initiation, progression, metastasis, host response to tumors and/or the treatment of cancer.

Newly awarded fellowships provide a stipend of $55,000 for the first year, $57,000 for the second year, and $59,000 for the third year. In addition, an allowance of $1,500 per year is allotted to the host institution for use at the sponsor’s discretion to help pay for the fellow’s research supplies, travel to scientific meetings, and/or health insurance. Deductions for administrative overhead are not allowed from either the stipend or the institutional allowance. Payments are made monthly in U.S. currency to the host institution.


Rally Foundation Childhood Cancer Research

Application Due Date(s): Letter of Intent due October 12, 2017 / Full application due December 1, 2017

How to Apply: Please visit their website for application guidelines and submission

Description: Award Categories:

  • Fellowship Grants are for one or two years support. At the end of the award you may apply for additional funding the next grant cycle. Each funded grant will be awarded up to $50,000 per year.
  • Young Investigator and Independent Investigator Research Grants are for one or two years support. At the end of the award you may apply for additional funding the next grant cycle. Each funded grant will be awarded up to $50,000 per year.
  • Consortium Grants (three of more institutions collaborating on a grant-supported research project) are for one or two years support. At the end of the award you may apply for additional funding the next grant cycle. Each funded grant will be awarded up to $100,000 per year.

DeGregorio Foundation Award for Cancers of the Esophagus and Stomach

Application Due Date(s): November 7, 2017

How to Apply: Please visit their website for application guidelines and submission

Description: The DeGregorio Family Foundation for Gastric and Esophageal Cancer seeks to promote and facilitate collaborative research on the pathogenesis, early diagnosis, and treatment of upper gastrointestinal malignancies. We support high quality, innovative, and transformative translational and bench research to improve the understanding of the biology of these diseases, identification of potential novel therapeutic targets, or in the development and evaluation of novel biomarkers for early diagnosis and treatment. Pre-clinical research, basic mechanistic studies, genomic/epigenomic studies, as well as epidemiologic studies may also be supported.

The award is $250,000 ($225,000 direct, $25,000 indirect) for the entire grant period (January 15, 2018 to December 31, 2019). Funding will be divided into three installments. The first installment will be provided when appropriate institutional approvals are submitted and the study is underway. The second installment is contingent upon submission and review of an interim report at one year, and the final installment will be contingent on receipt of a final study report.


Melanoma Research Alliance Team Science Awards

Application Due Date(s): Letter of Intent due October 6, 2017 / Full application due January 9, 2018

How to Apply: Please download the PDF for application guidelines and submission

Description: The MRA’s Team Science Awards are designed to foster a collaborative research process and promote transformational melanoma research advances with the potential for rapid clinical translation.

Multidisciplinary teams of two or more established Principal Investigators and a Young Investigator with complementary expertise will receive up to $900,000 total over three years, to support projects with the potential to lead to transformative advances in prevention, detection, diagnosis, staging and/or treatment of melanoma. This awards provides up to $1 million total over two to three years.


Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Awards

Application Due Date(s): November 17, 2017

How to Apply: Please download the PDF for application guidelines and submission

Description: This grant provides funding to young investigators to accomplish innovative, translational research projects that address the gap in translational science. Young investigator applicants must designate a Mentor who will ensure that adequate support and guidance are provided for successful completion of the proposed research project.

This award provides $75,000 a year for three years.


Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Award for Women in Scientific Research

Application Due Date(s): November 17, 2017

How to Apply: Please download the PDF for application guidelines and submission

Description: MRA is proud to offer a Young Investigator Award with the goal of attracting and supporting early career female researchers who are conducting cutting-edge melanoma research. The awardee will receive up to $225,000 total over three years to support projects with the potential to lead to transformative advances in prevention, detection, diagnosis, staging or treatment of melanoma.

This award provides $225,000 a year for three years.


Melanoma Research Alliance Established Investigator Academic-Industry Partnership Awards

Application Due Date(s): November 17, 2017

How to Apply: Please download the PDF for application guidelines and submission

Description: This award is designed to enhance translational research by extending academic capabilities to clinical investigations and to facilitate interactions between the academic and industrial research sectors. These awards will be co-funded by MRA and an industry partner whose involvement is essential to the project. Investigators with an established record of scientific productivity will receive up to $100,000 per year for two to three years (up to $300,000 total) from MRA to conduct projects supported by preliminary data.

Posted July 18, 2017

Stand Up To Cancer Invites Proposals for $10 Million "Dream Team" Grant

Application Due Date(s): Research proposal due September 5, 2017 / Full application due January 16, 2018

How to Apply: Please visit their webpage for application guidelines and submission

Description: Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is inviting proposals for a new $10 million Dream Team of top scientific investigators searching for new strategies to prevent or treat cancer. Unlike other Dream Team grants offered by SU2C in recent years that focused on specific types of cancer, such as colorectal cancer or lung cancer, the new $10 million grant is open to any type of translational cancer research.

The ideas may focus on particular organ sites, patient populations (such as pediatrics), or on innovative methods of treatment. Projects must be designed to accelerate the application of new preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic approaches to the clinic that lead to patient involvement within two to three years from the beginning of the grant. Proposals for a Dream Team research project must present plans indicating how the work will be translated into the clinic. The ideas should be based on perceived opportunities for success as well as high-priority areas with a critical need for rapid progress beyond current medical care.


Hope Funds For Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application Due Date(s): Research proposal due September 15, 2017 / Full application due January 14, 2018

How to Apply: Please visit their webpage for application guidelines and submission

Description: The Hope Funds for Cancer Research is offering fellowships to postdoctoral scientists who propose to work on highly innovative research projects that challenge the traditional paradigms of understanding the causes, mechanisms, progression, disease markers or risk factors of the most difficult-to-treat cancers, including pancreatic, lung, liver, sarcomas, esophageal, brain, gastric, bone and ovarian cancers; and rare leukemia’s, lymphomas and MDS. The Fellowship Review Committee will consider each of the following criteria, with a strong emphasis on the innovation of the project, in evaluating candidates.

This award provides a three-year fellowship with a stipend of $48,000 for the first year, $50,000 for the second year, and $52,000 for the third year. A travel grant of $1,500 is also awarded each year for the purpose of attending conferences and/or scientific training meetings. Indirect costs are not allowed.