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SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators
for Early Stage Cancer Research Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Hope Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International investigators associated with nonprofits, government agencies, universities, hospitals, and laboratories to support novel and innovative cancer research in its early and conceptual stages. Eligible studies are those that involve scientific risk but potentially lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on cancer research.

SWOG’s mission is to improve the practice of cancer medicine in preventing, detecting, and treating cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors, primarily through design and conduct of clinical trials. SWOG is a National Cancer Institute-supported network of more than 5,000 cancer researchers at more than 1,000 member sites in the U.S., Canada, and beyond. Additional educational and cancer research support is provided by SWOG’s nonprofit, philanthropic partner, The Hope Foundation.

Achieving SWOG’s mission of changing the practice of cancer medicine in clinical trials requires innovative ideas, techniques, and perspectives. SWOG and The Hope Foundation understand that novel ideas might not align with current thinking or may not yet be supported by substantial preliminary data.

The Impact Program is intended to foster novel scientific ideas, agents, targets, and technologies that have the potential to substantially advance the practice of clinical cancer research within the Group. For example, a project may seek to identify new predictive bio-markers for prevention, supportive care or therapeutic studies, assess the feasibility of an agent device or measurement tool, identify resistance mechanisms, develop new technologies for monitoring therapeutic response, or develop and test novel methodologies to assist with the conduct of health care delivery studies.

The work proposed should use resources from completed SWOG trials or be directly translatable to future clinical trials in SWOG and the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN).

It is expected that support via this mechanism will lead to subsequent extramural support from other sources, and will be a metric of success for this grant-awarding program. In addition, publications citing SWOG and The Hope Foundation will be further metrics for success of the program.

Funding for smaller feasibility projects that are critical to the conduct of future SWOG trials are also encouraged. Indirect costs are included in the total award and limited to a rate of 25%.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159210

Number of Grants:

The number of awards and duration of program is contingent upon available funding at SWOG and The Hope Foundation.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual projects are funded for up to $250,000.

Term of Contract:

Funds may be spent over a 2-year award period. The award period for March submissions is June 1-May 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any SWOG member investigator eligible for NIH funding is encouraged to submit to this program. To join SWOG, see here:

Basic Science applicants are required to partner with a clinician as a Co-PI.

Though funding is awarded for Investigator-initiated projects, funding will be awarded directly to an institution. Eligible institutions include:

- Nonprofit organizations
- Public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories
- Units of State and local governments
- Eligible agencies of the Federal government
- Domestic or foreign institutions/organizations

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must be SWOG members. If not, please see to learn about and initiate the individual application process. Or, contact the membership department with any questions.

Deadlines: March 1 and September 1 at 5pm ET
Award Announcements: Spring and Fall SWOG Group Meetings
Award Period:
- March submission: June 1-May 30
- September submission: January 1- December 31

The Error Correction Window is 48 hours from time of submission. Should the due date fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is automatically extended to next business day. In case of emergency situation or extreme weather, documentation of institutional closing should be sent along with application, which must be received by 5pm local time on the first business day that the institution is open. Late submissions will not be accepted but will be referred to the next award cycle.

Applicants may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

Paper Submission Forms:

Contact Information:

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

For the online application, see the URL For Full Text link below.

Johanna Horn, President and CEO
(734) 998-7150


The Hope Foundation
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
P.O. Box 483 (Suite 3600A)
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
Phone: (734) 998-6888
Fax: (734) 998-7181

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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