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ICRF Research Career Development Awards (RCDAs)

Grants to Israel Early-Career Researchers at
Nonprofit Institutions for Cancer Research

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Israeli Cancer Research Fund (ICRF)

Deadline Date:

12/31/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $45,000 per year to Israel early-career medical researchers affiliated with nonprofit institutions to support clinical or basic cancer research. Funding is intended to support young scientists who are in a formative career phase and who demonstrate exceptional potential for contributions to cancer research as investigators. Candidates must be nominated by a public or private nonprofit institution engaged in health-related research and located in Israel. Because the goal of RCDA funding is to promote the development of early-career investigators, each investigator must establish a formal mentoring program.

Individuals who receive an RCDA are to devote full-time to research and research-related activities. Such activities may include giving or receiving research training, supervising the research of others, participating in workshops and scientific or professional meetings, providing health care to the extent required to maintain clinical skills and expertise necessary for the conduct of research, and performing related academic activities that do not deter the grantee from accomplishing the purpose of the RCDA.

The principal involvement must be with the actual conduct of research. During the period of the grant, the institution is expected to reduce or defer demands for teaching, service, or committee duties that do not contribute directly to the development of the candidate's research career.  

Each application is reviewed by a Scientific Review Panel and evaluated for:

  1. Scientific merit, innovation, and potential significance for advancing the understanding, diagnosis and/or treatment of cancer;
  2. The qualifications of the applicant, based on prior training, demonstrated expertise, and scientific productivity;
  3. Progress resulting from previous funding, both for renewals and new proposals, submitted by investigators who have previously received ICRF funding;
  4. For proposals that are mentored, letters of commitment from mentors and the utility of the mentoring plan;
  5. Facilities, materials, resources and scientific environment available for the project, and the duration of such availability, as identified by the investigator and confirmed in writing by the institutional grants office and/or the investigator's department chair.

For information about allowable costs, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 138371

Estimated Size of Grant:

RCDAs award a maximum stipend of $45,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

RCDAs are awarded, contingent upon the availability of funds, for a period of three (3) years. Funding for the second and third years is contingent upon progress in the preceding funding period, as documented in a progress report due annually on June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funds for cancer research are available to citizens of Israel, both native-born and those who have settled. Funds are not available to visiting scientists. (Proof of Israeli citizenship must be furnished upon request.)

Candidates must have a doctoral degree, at least three (3) years of postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent experience, and be within five (5) years of their first appointment to an independent position prior to the award commencement date.

Although an individual is considered as the grantee, grants are made to eligible institutions on behalf of the grantee. The grantee is an employee of the institution to which the grant is made and his or her status, title, salary, and staff privileges are determined by the institution according to its established policies for individuals holding 12-month appointments, except as otherwise set out in the guidelines.

This grant is not intended for untried investigators or for those already established as independent investigators. An individual who has achieved professional recognition, as evidenced by substantial independent research accomplishments, a significant number of publications of high quality in scientific or professional journals, or the attainment of senior faculty or equivalent status, is considered to have achieved the objective of this program and to be ineligible.

RCDAs may not be used simply to substitute one source of salary support for another for an individual who is already conducting full-time research, nor do they provide support to the institution or substitute for institutional support of an investigator.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Received by the Fund in New York: December 31, 2020, 11:59 PM (EST)
- Notification of Decision: July 1, 2021
- Activation of Award: September 1, 2021

Each RCDA applicant must identify at least two mentors committed to overseeing the applicant's progress from among senior investigators at the applicant's institution. Letters of support and a detailed Mentorship Plan must accompany the application.

An RCDA application may not be submitted concurrently with another research career development-type application that would duplicate the provisions of the RCDA, nor may a grantee accept another research career development award that would duplicate the provisions of the ICRF grant. Potentially duplicative grants include clinical investigator awards, academic and teacher investigator awards, and postdoctoral and senior fellowships.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Ellen T. Rubin, Director, Research Grants

Israel Cancer Research Fund
52 Vanderbilt Avenue, Suite 1510
New York, NY 10017-3834
Toll-Free: 888-654-ICRF (4273)

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