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Jacki and Bruce Barron Cancer Research Scholars' Program - 6-Month Sabbaticals in Cancer Research for Established Scientists

Grants to Israel and California Mid-Career and Senior
Level Cancer Researchers for a Visiting Sabbatical Exchange

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), City of Hope (CoH) and The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/17/18 - Deadline extended from 12/31/17


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Grants of up to $62,000 to Israel and California mid-career and senior scientists working in the field of cancer research to take a visiting sabbatical. The selected scientists will receive funds to cover the costs of travel, housing, lab supplies, conference attendance, and incidental expenses.

Two 6-month sabbaticals will be awarded: one for an Israeli scientist to visit the City of Hope (CoH) lab in Duarte, California, USA, and one for a scientist from the CoH lab in California to visit a lab at a research institution located in Israel.

The awarded sabbatical leaves will be granted in accordance with the academic policies and procedures of both the host institution and the home institution.

Funds may be requested for clinical or basic research or training, which must relate to cancer.

This program aims to foster outstanding collaborative research and to promote the exchange of ideas between exceptional researchers in the United States and Israel. The overarching goal of this program is to advance people's understanding of cancer and to develop life-saving therapies, novel diagnostic approaches, and/or prevention strategies by leveraging the knowledge and expertise of scientists in the two countries.

Evaluation Criteria - Each application is reviewed by a Scientific Review Panel of the Israel Cancer Research Fund (the Fund) and evaluated for:

- Its scientific content and rationale;
- Qualifications, experience, and productivity of the candidate; and
- Facilities and scientific environment available to the candidate.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171771

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

This sabbaticals will be awarded, contingent upon the availability of funds, at a maximum stipend of $62,000 each.

Term of Contract:

Sabbaticals are 6 months in duration.

The sabbatical may begin at any time between September 1, 2018, and March 1, 2019; but, must be completed by August 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program offers a sabbatical of 6 months at CoH for established (mid-career and/or senior level) Israeli scientists, as well as the same for an established CoH scientist at an Israeli institution. Candidates are required to provide recommendations by their institutional leadership, a defined research plan, and to identify a collaborator.

Specific Eligibility Criteria for Israeli Scientists:

ICRF funds for cancer research are available to citizens of Israel, both native-born and those who have settled there. Funds are not available to visiting scientists. (Proof of Israeli citizenship must be furnished upon request.) Funds may be requested for clinical or basic research or training, which must relate to cancer and must be conducted in Israel.


The funds are to be used for actual direct expenses connected with the project. No overhead, clerical or other administrative charges can be made by the institution against the award funds. Funds may not be used for the visiting scientists’ salaries.

Pre-Application Information:

The ICRF will be implementing a brand new online application system for the 2018-2019 funding year, and anticipates that it will be available by the middle of November 2017. Please check back at the URL for Full Text (RFP) link below for the application.

Submission Instructions:

Please submit your application as an email attachment (see Contact Information section below). Make sure to include all required pages and appended materials. Printed copies are not necessary. One PDF file of the full proposal is preferable, but if the file is too large to E-mail, it may be sent in several smaller files.

Timetable for the Awarding of Grants:

- Received by the Fund in New York: December 30*
- Notification of Decision: July 1
- Activation of Award: On, or Prior to, March 1, 2019
* Deadline has been extended to January 17, 2018

Please Note:

- All institutional approval letters for the use of Animals and/or Human Subjects in your experiments must be written in English. No supplemental materials will be accepted after the deadline unless specifically requested by ICRF.

- The relationship of the research to cancer must be defined in the application. The rankings and recommendations of the Scientific Review Panels are presented to the International Scientific Council for final consideration. The Board of Trustees of the Fund then approves all awards.

- The application should be submitted by the visiting scientist, with input from the designated collaborator.

- For a list of participating City of Hope faculty, please visit the following website:

- It is expected that upon completion of the sabbatical, the scientists will return to their home institution for a period of at least two years, unless prior arrangements have been made and agreed to in writing between the scientists and the ICRF and/or CoH. Failure of the scientists to abide by these terms will allow the ICRF and CoH to recover funds in toto.

Contact Information:

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

Please submit your application as an email attachment to:

Staff Contact:

Ellen T. Rubin

Mailing Address:

ICRF International Executive Office
295 Madison Avenue, Suite 1030
New York, NY 10017

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Duarte