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2019 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research

Grants to New York and New Jersey Researchers
for Innovative Cancer Research in Eligible Areas

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Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance

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Grants to New York and New Jersey early career researchers for innovative cancer research in eligible areas. Funding is intended for research projects that are so innovative and original that other sources of funding typically will not support them. Collaboration among individuals from different industries is encouraged.

Key Criteria

Innovative research: Truly novel approaches in cancer research with strong scientific rationale. Early stage and bold proposals are encouraged and will receive special consideration. The research areas include but are not limited to technology development and basic biology. The objective is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a likelihood of producing important findings. It should be a unique project for scientists, who are encouraged to stretch their imagination into areas that can substantially change the area of research.

Scientific excellence: Scientific merit as determined by the Pershing Square Sohn Prize Scientific Advisory Council and Prize Advisory Board.

Application to cancer: Proposals that articulate a clearly defined application to cancer will be favored. The goal is to advance research in new ways that will have an impact on understanding, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment of cancer.

In addition to receiving funding, Prize winners are given access to a unique network and are invited to participate in select programs, including:
- Facilitated partnerships with other researchers within and across institutions
- Networking programs (including: collaborations/discussions amongst Prize winners and industry mentors, introductions to philanthropic and for-profit investors in the business community, and invitations to special industry networking and entrepreneurship events)
- Annual retreat and symposium
- Ability to present the best ideas at conferences and events (hosted by PSSCRA and other organizations)


- Discover and develop the next generation of innovation in cancer research.
- Facilitate collaborations between early-career academic researchers, clinical researchers and pharmaceutical scientists. Most young investigators lack an understanding of the many steps required to translate great research into a great medicine: formulation, stability, delivery, clinical trial design, regulatory submission, manufacturing, supply chain and market analysis are just some of these steps.
- Spur industry collaboration by facilitating the conversations between our Prize winners and experts from industry and the business community to expose them to the factors beyond research that determine if a drug will ever be developed. While there is no IP transfer to pharma, nor a subsidy to pharma research, our Prize winners will have the unique opportunity to learn about how drugs are developed with the hope that pharma or biotech may license the researchers’ work and take it through the “valley of death” to drug development.
- Bridge the gap between academia, foundations, investors and pharmaceutical partners to create a generation of partners working for cures.
- Strengthen the network around innovative life sciences in New York City.
- Highlight the importance of innovation in academic research in New York City and eventually tie the innovation to the commercialization of life sciences in New York City.
- Create a cohort of Pershing Square Sohn Prize winners that will benefit both from interaction with each other and with the business and philanthropic communities.
- Focus on establishing New York as a biotech hub and facilitate the participation of many of New York’s great research leaders who would be unlikely to become involved and lend their names to our project if the scope was global at the start.
- Celebrate scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184425

Number of Grants:

At least six prizes are awarded annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Prize winners each receive $200,000 a year.

Term of Contract:

Projects will begin Summer 2019 and continue for up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An MD, PhD, MD-PhD degree (or equivalent) is required.

Applicants must have at least two (2) years of experience running their own laboratories but no more than eight (8) years of experience by the anticipated start date of the research project.

Principal Investigators (PIs) must hold faculty appointments at academic research institutions in the New York area at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor (or equivalent). The New York area includes New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, and Northern New Jersey.

An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, by submitting an application for this funding, assures that his/her visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term within the United States.

Investigators need not be specifically trained in cancer research; however, they should be working in an environment capable of conducting high quality, high impact cancer research.

Pre-Application Information:

Please note that PSSCRA may adjust the notification dates without notice to applicants:
- October 1, 2018: Application opens to receive Letters of Intent (LOI)
- November 5, 2018: Deadline to submit LOI by 5:00 PM EST
- December 19, 2018: Selected applicants invited to submit Full Length Proposals (FLPs)
- January 25, 2019: Deadline to submit FLPs
- April 5, 2019: 2019 Prize Board Meeting
- April 8-10, 2019: 2019 Prize winners notified
- May 22, 2019: 6th Annual Pershing Square Sohn Prize Award Dinner
- Summer 2019: Projects start

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

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Any questions concerning this RFP should be addressed to:
Olivia Tournay Flatto, PhD, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance

Christy Barrow, Program Manager
Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Northern New Jersey;   New York City;   New York: Long Island, Westchester County