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Grants to USA Emerging Medical Researchers to Conduct Studies Related to Pancreatic Cancer

Career Development Award


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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 11/21/22 Midnight Eastern Standard Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA junior faculty at medical, academic, and research institutions to conduct research in the field of pancreatic cancer. Funding is intended to support clinical, basic, epidemiological, or translational research that is directly applicable and relevant to the field. The purpose of the program is to advance the careers of early-stage investigators in the area of pancreatic cancer who have not yet secured major research funding.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Career Development Award supports junior faculty to conduct pancreatic cancer research and establish successful career paths in the field. Proposed research may be basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to pancreatic cancer. Special consideration will be given to understudied areas in pancreatic cancer research, minority researchers, and research focused on cancer health disparities.

Grant recipients not only receive financial support for their research, but also join the Community for Progress built by PanCAN. This mentorship program connects grantees with leading scientists in the field. Ongoing career support activities offer opportunities for education and professional development to help keep the community of researchers committed and involved. The Community for Progress is a growing, robust and collaborative research community that is dedicated to changing the course of history for pancreatic cancer.

Research projects must have direct applicability and relevance to pancreatic cancer. They may be in any discipline of basic, clinical, translational or epidemiological research, and fall within at least one of the categories of the Common Scientific Outline (Biology; Etiology; Prevention; Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Prognosis; Treatment; or Cancer Control, Survivorship, and Outcomes Research.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are provided to junior investigators that have yet to secure their first major research funding.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD or equivalent) in the biomedical sciences or in a field applicable to health science research and may not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree.

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2023, applicants must:
• Hold a faculty position with the title of assistant professor, instructor, research assistant professor or the equivalent.
• Applicants that have progressed to associate professor appointments are not eligible.
• If eligibility is based on a future position, the position must be confirmed at the time of application and cannot be contingent upon receiving this grant.
• If the future position is at a different institution than the applicant’s current institution, the applicant must contact PanCAN’s Research Grants Department before submitting their application for information on additional verification materials/signatures that may be required.
• Have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past 11 years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 2, 2012; the formal date of receipt of doctoral degree is the date the degree was conferred, as indicated on their diploma and/or transcript).
• Applicants with a medical degree must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency – whichever date is later – within the past 11 years (time spent in medical specialty or subspecialty training is not considered part of medical residency and will be counted within the 11-year window).
• An exception to the 11-year window may be granted for parental leave or other well justified leave from research for pressing personal or family situations of generally less than 12 months duration. Applicants whose experience exceeds the maximum of 11 years but who believe they are eligible (e.g., maternity/ family leave) must contact PanCAN’s Research Grants Department before submitting their application to verify their eligibility.
• Have independent laboratory space as confirmed by their institution in the Letter of Institutional Support.
• Work at an academic, medical or research institution within the United States; there are no citizenship requirements. However, by submitting an application, an applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident assures that their visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term within the United States.
• Not have currently or previously served as a principal investigator on major research awards or grants (e.g., NIH R00, NIH R01 or equivalent). Applicants who are/were principal investigators on major grants are considered to have already received funding to catalyze their careers and are not eligible to apply.
• Training grants and other mentor-linked funding are not considered independent funding.
• Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible.
• For questions regarding eligibility, contact PanCAN’s Research Grants Department before submitting an application.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due on November 21, 2022, by midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Funding decisions are anticipated by May 2023.

Grant recipients are expected to attend the PanCAN Annual Scientific Summit. The meeting location and dates are to be determined.

Number of Grants
It is anticipated that three grants will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant
Amount: $250,000

Term of Contract
Duration: Two years
Start of grant term is July 1, 2023.

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Inquiries about the 2023 Career Development Award guidelines and application materials should be directed to Contact person: Reem Malek, Associate Director, Scientific Grants.

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