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Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) Research Career Development Awards (RCDAs)

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Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF)

Deadline Date:

12/31/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to Israel early-career medical researchers employed by nonprofit research institutions for cancer studies. Funding is intended to improve the research skills of emerging Israeli scientists who show exceptional potential as independent investigators in the field of cancer research. Candidates must be nominated by a public or private nonprofit institution engaged in health-related research and located in Israel.

Research Career Development Awards (RCDAs) are designed to enhance the research capabilities of young Israeli scientists in the formative phase of their careers who have demonstrated outstanding potential for contribution to cancer research as independent investigators. RCDAs are available to investigators with clear research potential who will benefit from additional mentored experience in a scientific environment that is conducive to the development of an independent research career.

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.

Because the goal of RCDA funding is to promote development of early-career investigators, each investigator must establish a formal mentoring program.

For information about allowable costs, including the type of clinical trials that may be supported, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 164775

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are made at a maximum stipend of $45,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The duration of an RCDA is three (3) years. An additional year may, in some cases, be made available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for an ICRF-funded grant, an investigator must be a citizen of Israel (proof of Israeli citizenship must be furnished upon request). Typically, all research must be conducted in Israel. However, in the case of certain collaborative grants, joint applications are considered from co-investigators, only one of whom is an Israeli citizen proposing research that will be conducted at an Israeli institution.

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.

An applicant for ICRF funding must hold a position at a sponsoring Israeli institution able to provide research space and administrative infrastructure for the project.

ICRF funds are to be used for actual direct expenses (salary, supplies, etc.) connected with the project. ICRF will not support any overhead, clerical, or other administrative expenses, and institutions may not charge such expenses to the ICRF account.

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 RCDA Policies.

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 ICRF: December 31, 2021, 11:59 PM EST
- Notification of Decision: May 1 and thereafter*
- Activation of Grant: September 1, 2022
*Note: ICRF Rolling Award Announcements and Tier Group Assignments

As of 2021, ICRF began committing funds on a "rolling award" basis. An initial round of commitments will be made to applications with the very top scores (Tier 1). Subsequently, funding commitments will be announced individually, as funds become available (Tier 2). Non-competitive applications (Tier 3) will not receive funding.

The application must originate jointly with the institution and the proposed nominee, and must describe fully all proposed research and teaching activities.

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.

Only one (1) grant application per principal investigator will be accepted for each submission deadline.

Contact Information:

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

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For any questions or problems, please send an e-mail message to:

Israel Cancer Research Fund
52 Vanderbilt Avenue, Suite 1510
New York, NY 10017-3834
Tel: 212-969-9800
Toll-Free: 888-654-ICRF (4273)

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