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 April 11, 2018

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Career Development Grant

Application Due Date(s): May 1, 2018

How to Apply: For more information, visit their website

Description: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Career Development Program provides stipends so that you can devote yourself to researching questions of direct relevance to hematological malignancies and/or relevant pre-malignant conditions. LLS offers career development awards to postdoctoral fellows as well as early career, independent investigators. Please verify in our guidelines and instructions which award is appropriate for your level of experience and apply to that category of award.


Alex's Lemonade Stand "A" Awards

Application Due Date(s): May 21, 2018

How to Apply: For more information, visit their website

Description: The "A" Award is a four-year grant designed for the early independent career scientist who wants to establish a career in pediatric oncology research. The ideal applicant has an original project that is not currently being funded. Demonstration of a future commitment to pediatric cancer investigation as well as institutional support for the career development of the investigator are critical components of a successful application.


Alex's Lemonade Stand Reach

Application Due Date(s): May 21, 2018

How to Apply: For more information, visit their website

Description: Reach Grants are designed to move hypothesis-driven research into the clinic. The $250,000, two year grant is intended to fund developmental therapeutic studies in the late stage of preclinical testing. A successful application will identify an unmet clinical need relevant to the care of pediatric patients with cancer and describe how the work performed will allow for the translation to the clinic within two years of completion. A plan and timeline for clinical testing and trial implementation is expected. This grant does not fund clinical trial expenses.


Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

Application Due Date(s): July 6, 2018

How to Apply: For more information, visit their website

Description: The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation 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 our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. The Innovation Award is specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary 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.Awards are made to institutions for support of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Investigators. All awards are approved by the Board of Directors of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation acting upon the recommendation of the Innovation Award Committee.


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Career Development Grant

Application Due Date(s): October 2, 2018

How to Apply: For more information, visit their website

Description: Scholar Award: $110,000 per year for five years / Scholar in Clinical Research Award: $125,000 per year for five years / Special Fellow Award: $67,000 per year for two or three years / Fellow Award: $60,000 per year for three years.


Cancer Research Institute Clinic & Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP)

Application Due Date(s): November 1, 2018

How to Apply: For more information, visit their website

Description: The development of new and effective cancer treatment requires the translation of basic laboratory discoveries into novel therapies that can be tested in patients. This area of translational research—where laboratory findings move into clinical testing and where questions from clinical studies are brought back into the lab—is critical to bringing new and better immunotherapies to patients.

The Cancer Research Institute established CLIP to support investigators who are studying critical topics at the intersection of laboratory and clinical research. CLIP grants provide up to $200,000 over a two-year period.


Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Physician-Scientist Training Award

Application Due Date(s): December 3, 2018

How to Apply: For more information, visit their website

Description: Physician-scientists who are both clinically trained and expert researchers are essential to the successful translation of scientific discovery into more effective patient therapies. They have the unique capacity to blend their insights from treating patients and working in the laboratory in a way that enables and accelerates medical advances. However, the pipeline of physician-scientists is dwindling. The decline in this vital cadre of cancer researchers is occurring at a time when cancer research holds the greatest promise of improving survival and quality of life among cancer patients. A growing shortage of physician-scientists means that major laboratory research discoveries will progress to patient application ever more slowly. If the shortage continues unabated, some may not reach patient application at all, thus presenting a crisis in cancer research.

Posted March 20, 2018

Margaret E. Early Medical Research Trust 2019 Cancer Research Grants

Application Due Date(s): Internal committee review consideration is June 11, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. PST.

How to Apply: Interested faculty must send a single PDF file including a cover page (which includes name, campus address w. mail code, email address, phone number, title of research proposal), a one-page brief description of their research proposal, and a NIH biosketch.  Renewal applicants must include in addition to the same PDF file a progress report (no more than one page) describing their research accomplishment funded by the Early Trust. Please send complete PDF via email to REncarnacion@mednet.ucla.edu.

Description: UCLA may submit up to eight applications (inclusive of new and renewals). The Margaret E. Early Medical Research Trust is currently seeking applications on research in the causes, treatment and potential cures of cancer and related disease. Awards are funded for one year (Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019) with a possible renewal of one to two additional years upon satisfactory progress. The award amount is for $75,000 ($62,000 direct cost and $12,500 indirect cost). Funds may be used for salaries, supplies, equipment, animals and housing for animals.

Current UCLA awardees must submit renewal grant application to receive a second or third year of funding. The renewal applications will be counted as part of the eight allowed for UCLA to submit.

Posted March 2, 2018

V Foundation 2018 Translational Cancer Research Grant Program

Application Due Date(s): CV and one-page statement due March 23, 2018

How to Apply: Please submit a CV and one-page statement of research project to via email to Nancy Presseau

Description: The V Foundation for Cancer Research seeks to support translational research projects within the scope of all types of cancers . The Translational Research Award is a $600,000 grant awarded in three annual installments of $200,000. Indirect costs up to a maximum of 10% within the total award are permitted.

Posted February 22, 2018

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship Award

Application Due Date(s): March 15, 2018

How to Apply: please visit their website for more information

Description: The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. 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. In addition to aiding in the planning, execution and supervision of the proposed research, the Sponsor’s role is to foster the development of the Fellow’s overall knowledge, technical and analytical skills, and capacity for scientific inquiry. The Sponsor is also expected to assist the Fellow in attaining his/her career goals.

Awards are made to institutions for the support of the Fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor. Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.

Posted February 16, 2018

V Foundation 2018 Scholar Award Program

Application Due Date(s): March 9, 2018

How to Apply: please send a one-page description of your proposed research and a CV (NIH format only) to Nancy Presseau via email.

Description: The V Foundation has announced their 2018 Scholar Award Program that will award $200,000 in two annual installments of $100,000 each. To be eligible, you must: (1) hold a tenure track position as an assistant professor, (2) have completed at least two years of post-doctoral training (one year is acceptable for M.D.s), (3) have been appointed with the last five years. and (4) ave not yet received an NIH RO1 or RO1 equivalent grant.

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.