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Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award

Grants to USA Individual Physicians
for Extended Cancer-Related Research

GrantWatch ID#: 174547
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

12/01/16 4:00 PM ET

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Grants to USA individual physicians for financial assistance to conduct up to 4 years of cancer-related research. Funding is intended for research that will lead to translation of scientific discoveries into more effective patient treatment and therapy. Grants are intended to encourage more physicians to pursue research careers.

As this is a pilot program, there will be up to 3 awards per year.

Year 1 - $100,000
Year 2 - $110,000
Year 3 - $120,000
Year 4 - $130,000
Total $460,000
Additionally, the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any qualifying medical school debt still owed by the awardee.

This award will provide funding for up to four years.

Physician-scientist applicants (MDs only) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, be U.S. Specialty Board eligible prior to the award start date, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research. MD/PhDs are not eligible to apply.

The candidate may not have had more than three years of postdoctoral laboratory research experience.

Applicants may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent). Postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and clinical instructors are eligible to apply. If the Awardee transitions to an assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent) during the award term, he/she must terminate the award.

Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply. (Candidates holding institutional K12 awards may apply, but must return their K12 funding to the US Government/NIH if they are awarded a Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award.)

Candidates must apply with a Mentor. Only one fellowship application will be accepted from a Mentor per review session; there is no limit, however, to the number of applications from an institution. No more than two awardees will be funded to work with the same Mentor at any given time.

Eligible candidates may apply up to two times.

Funds are to be used for stipend and/or research expenses. No part of this grant can be used for indirect costs or institutional overhead.

Application instructions:

For referees who are writing letters on behalf of more than one candidate, please submit each letter separately.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be considered.

Key Application Dates:

- Application Deadline: December 1, 2016
- Review Panel Meeting: March 1, 2017
- Finalists Interview: Spring 2016
- Funding Begins July 1, 2017

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

Send the complete application and USB flash drive to:

Award Programs
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
One Exchange Plaza
55 Broadway, Suite 302
New York, NY 10006

Referees must submit their letters on their institution’s letterhead by:
Email:, or
Fax: 917.591.4780

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