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 January 16, 2018

Career Development Grant in Molecular Genetics

Application Due Date(s): March 30, 2018

How to Apply: For more information on the application process, please visit their website

Description: Tower Cancer Research Foundation supports forward thinking scientists from Southern California’s premier academic medical centers. In general, the scientific advisory board evaluates grant applications based on the following criteria: novelty of hypothesis, scientific quality, potential for revealing something meaningful about cancer, feasibility of the proposal and evidence of institutional support for the project.

Career Development Grantee will be awarded a one-time payment of $100,000. At least one Career Development Award will be granted. The grant award must be used to cover research related expenses between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. All grant awards are for one year only with no guarantee of renewal. Grant funds are to be applied towards salary, processing fees, equipment and/or supplies. There is no salary cap for Principal Investigators. Grant funds are not permitted to be used for overhead expenses (i.e. rental expenses, equipment maintenance, and insurance fees are not allowable costs).

Posted December 5, 2017

UC Cancer Research Coordinating Committee 2019 Awards

Application Due Date(s): Letter of Intent due January 25, 2018 / Full proposals due April 5, 2018

How to Apply: For more information on the application process, please visit their website

Description: The Cancer Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) is pleased to issue a Request for Proposals for the awards for 2019. Administered by UC Research Initiatives in the UC Office of the President, the CRCC is a systemwide, faculty-directed cancer research program that provides one-year seed grants for topics in any discipline that address any aspect of cancer, including its origins, prevention and cure. CRCC funds support meritorious research spanning all areas from basic research to applied clinical and community-based research in any field relevant to cancer.

Posted October 27, 2017

Mary Kay Foundation Translational Research Grant Application

Application Due Date(s): One-page research proposal and biosketch due December 1, 2017 / Full application due February 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CST

How to Apply: For more information on the application process, please contact Nancy Presseau via email

Description: The Mary Kay Foundation is a non-profit public foundation, which focuses on funding research for innovative grants for translational research in ovarian, uterine, breast or cervical cancer.  Translational research is broadly defined as research that will provide a scientific link between laboratory research and the clinic. Ultimately, such research would lead to improvement in diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, or treatment of the cancer.

The grant will be up to $100,000 (combined direct and indirect costs) for a two-year period. If indirect costs are requested, they cannot exceed 15 percent. If selected, the funds will be paid in two payments. The first payment will be after receipt of the executed contract. The second payment will be mailed following receipt of the first year status report. The Foundation anticipates funding between ten and fifteen grants.

Posted October 20, 2017

California Breast Cancer Research Program IDEA (Innovative, Developmental and Exploratory) Research Award

Application Due Date(s): Letter of Intent due October 24, 2017 / Full application due March 1, 2018

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

Description: The purpose of this award is to support both established researchers and new investigators whose speculative, exploratory, high-risk/high-reward projects with a primary focus on breast cancer. Applications for this type of award should challenge existing paradigms, represent a new direction for the PI, and encourage innovation by the incorporation of techniques and approaches not yet well represented in mainstream breast cancer research. The CBCRC encourages researchers to attempt breakthroughs that, if successful, could be leveraged into more substantial funding.

The budget cap for this award is either $100,000 in direct costs or $150,000 in direct costs if using animal or human participants over an 18 month maximum duration. UC institutional F&A is capped at 25 percent MTDC.


California Breast Cancer Research Program Community Research Collaboration Award

Application Due Date(s): Letter of Intent due October 24, 2017 / Full application due March 1, 2018

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

Description: The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) is seeking to fund community organizations to work in teams with well-trained, experienced research scientists.  The teams work collaboratively through each stage of the research process, including: decision-making on which breast cancer questions are most important to them; determining the best research methods to use to answer these questions; gathering and interpreting data; and communicating findings to other community members, scientists, and the public, while generating results that can be applied to other communities. 

The goal of the CRC teams is to reduce the suffering caused by breast cancer by combining the existing knowledge, interest, expertise, and resources of communities and research scientists. There are two CRC funding mechanisms available:

  • CRC Pilot Award provides support to the initial phase of the project which includes strengthening collaborations, developing feasible methods and tools, and collecting pilot data. The CRC Pilot award has a budget cap of $150,000 in direct costs over an 18 month maximum duration. UC institutional F&A is capped at 25 percent MTDC.
  • CRC Full Award provides funding for projects with a fully developed research plan and supporting preliminary data, carried out by a well-integrated, experienced team of scientist and community members. The CRC Full award has a budget cap of $600,000 in direct costs over three years.  UC institutional F&A is capped at 25 percent MTDC.

Cancer Research Institute (CRI) Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP Grant)

Application Due Date(s): Letter of Intent due November 1, 2017 / Full application due February 1, 2018

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

Description: This grant provides funding for qualified scientists who are working to explore clinically relevant questions aimed at improving the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies. This grant will support basic, pre-clinical and translational research which will provide information that can be directly applied to optimizing cancer immunotherapy in the clinic.

The CLIP grant provides up to $100,000 per year for two years. Funds may be used for salary, technical assistance, supplies, capital equipment, or scientific travel. Funds may not be used for indirect costs.


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.

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.