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Career Development Grant

Grants to Southern California Scientists for
Molecular Genetics Research Related to Oncology

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Tower Cancer Research Foundation

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Grants to Southern California early career scientists for progressive oncology research projects in molecular genetics. Funding is intended to be used for processing fees, salary, and supplies and/or equipment. Eligible projects must involve research that is directed towards potential oncological clinical application in the area of molecular genetics. The project may be laboratory-based or “translational”, meaning it may involve clinical subjects but must have a direct laboratory component.

Criteria for applicants:
- Novelty of hypothesis
- Scientific quality
- Potential for revealing something meaningful about cancer
- Feasibility of the proposal
- Evidence of institutional support for the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184351

Number of Grants:

Multiple Career Development Awards will be granted.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Career Development Grantees will be awarded a one-time payment of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant award must be used to cover research-related expenses between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. All grant awards are for 1 year only with no guarantee of renewal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must not be beyond the first two years of a junior faculty appointment. (A junior faculty position is not required.)
- Applicants must have completed two years of training in an accredited fellowship program in hematology-oncology (applicants currently in their third year of training are still eligible).
- Applicants must be Southern California based.
- Projects using human xenograft models in mice are eligible.
- The Principal Investigator must hold either an MD or a PhD (or both) and have an existing active lab.
- 80% of the Principal Investigator’s time must be protected time for research in general (not necessarily for the proposed project only)
- Principal Investigators are not required to have funds already secured in order to apply for the Career Development Grant. Likewise, investigators with other private or government funding are still eligible to apply.

Principal Investigators do not have a salary cap.

Grant funds are not permitted to be used for overhead expenses (i.e. rental expenses, equipment maintenance, and insurance fees are not allowable costs).

Pre-Application Information:

Submissions are due Friday, April 5, 2019.

Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of the submission. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of renowned clinician-scientists determined by Tower Cancer Research Foundation. Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, May 7, 2019 of the panel’s decision.

Application feedback will be provided by applicant request only.

Contact Information:

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

Submit completed applications to

For questions regarding applications:
Kelli Sargent, Community Program Director

8767 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 401
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: 310.299.8470
Fax: 310.299.8471

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Southern California