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 November 14, 2017

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Damon Runyon-Physician Scientist Training Award

Application Due Date(s): December 1, 2017

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

Description: Physician-scientist applicants (M.D.s only) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, be U.S. Specialty Board eligible prior to the award start date, and be able to devote at least 80 percent of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research. M.D./Ph.D.s are not eligible to apply. The candidate may not have had more than three years of postdoctoral laboratory research experience. 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. If the Awardee transitions to a fully independent assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent) during the award term, he/she must terminate the award (see Terms of the Award below).

The award will be for $460,000 over a period of four years. Funding will be allocated to the awardee’s institution each year for the support of the scientist. Funds are to be used for stipend and/or research expenses. No part of this grant can be used for indirect costs or institutional overhead.


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation 2018 Young Investigator Award

Application Due Date(s): December 15, 2017

How to Apply: For more information on the application process, please download the PDF

Description: Young Investigator Grants are three-year awards designed to support scientists in the early stages of their research careers, such as postdoctoral or clinical fellows. Outstanding mentorship and demonstration of a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components of a successful application.

The award amount is up to $150,000 over three years. A maximum of $50,000 in total costs will be awarded to applicants annually. Budget items may include salary, fringe, travel, supplies and small pieces of equipment (less than $5,000). The ALSF budget form is required and can be found on the website under the Grant Guidelines and Submissions page.


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation 2018 Epidemiology Grant

Application Due Date(s): December 15, 2017

How to Apply: For more information on the application process, please download the PDF

Description: These awards will support investigators pursuing research studies in human populations using epidemiological approaches aimed at improving our understanding of childhood cancer. This grant mechanism is designed to support hypothesis-driven research that focuses on the epidemiology, early detection and prevention of childhood cancer or comparative effectiveness and outcomes research related to detection, prevention and treatment.

Funding for two years, maximum of $100,000 per year, may be requested for direct costs. ALSF’s budget template must be used. Written justification is required. Budget may include items such as salary, fringe, supplies, and travel.

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.


Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (DRCRF)  Physician Scientist Training Award

Application Due Date(s): December 1, 2018

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

Description: In an effort to confront the crisis arising from a growing dearth of physician-scientists, Damon Runyon wishes to encourage more physicians to pursue research careers. The goals are to a) transform these individuals into the highest quality physician-scientists, capable of conducting research that has the potential to transform the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of cancer and b) to eliminate the financial disincentive to entering this career path.

This award provides $460,000 over four years. Funding will be allocated to the awardee’s institution each year for the support of the scientist. The award cannot be used for indirect costs or institutional overhead.

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.


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.

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.