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Damon Runyon Quantitative Biology Fellowship Award

Fellowships to USA and International Quantitative Scientists at Universities,
Hospitals, and Research Institutions to Research Biological Systems

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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/01/20 4:00 PM Eastern Time

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Fellowships to USA and International quantitative scientists at universities, hospitals, and research institutions to research biological systems. Fellows should hold one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, and DO. The program is intended to encourage quantitative scientists (trained in fields such as mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, or related) to pursue research careers in computational biology under the joint mentorship of leaders in both computational science (“dry lab”) and cancer biology (“wet lab”).

Computational biologists apply theoretical principles and develop analysis and inference methods to decipher and understand biological systems. They are experts in quantitative approaches, data science and algorithms, while also having in-depth knowledge of complex biological processes. Particularly in cancer biology, there is a growing need for computational biology leaders with expertise and understanding in both quantitative and biological sciences.

Exceptional quantitative scientists experience a strong pull from the technology industry, and may not have a background in biology, so special attention is needed to recruit and train these scientists in biological research. One way to address this area is by creating a new funding mechanism with a specific emphasis on data science (rather than simply including data scientists as part of an existing award program).

This award program is designed to encourage quantitative scientists (trained in fields such as mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, or related) to pursue research careers in computational biology under the joint mentorship of leaders in both computational science (“dry lab”) and cancer biology (“wet lab”). By investing in this area, Damon Runyon will bring additional attention to the importance of these specially trained scientists for making meaningful progress in cancer biology.

Damon Runyon Fellowship awards are intended for full-time research. Physician-scientists must devote their principal time (at least 80 percent) to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. Activities constituting the remaining 20 percent of time should be clearly specified in the application and in the annual progress report.

Funds are to be used for stipend and/or research expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190807

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Year 1: Stipend: $76,000; Expenses: $2,000
- Year 2: Stipend: $78,000; Expenses: $2,000
- Year 3: Stipend: $80,000; Expenses: $2,000

The Foundation will provide a Dependent Child Allowance of $1,000 per child per year.

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any qualifying medical school debt still owed by the awardee. Payment will be made annually over the course of the award.

Term of Contract:

The award will be for a period of three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
Open to quantitative scientists with an interest in the intersection between computational biology, data science and cancer research. Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO. The applicant must include a copy of their diploma to confirm date of conferral. (If an applicant has not yet received their PhD diploma but has successfully completed all PhD requirements, including PhD defense, they may submit a letter from the graduate school explicitly stating such, with the date of the successful PhD defense and date of degree conferral.) Applicants require two committed Mentors, one from the field of computational science (“dry lab”) and one from the area of cancer biology (“wet lab”).

Level 1: Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than five years prior to the application deadline date and may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent). Applicants must not have been in their Mentors' labs for more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date and are expected to devote 100% of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. No other postdoctoral fellowships can be held concurrently. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

Level 2: Physician-scientist applicants (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO or the equivalent) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, must be board eligible in the United States at the start date of the Damon Runyon Fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. Applicants may not have had more than five years of postdoctoral laboratory research experience and 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. No other postdoctoral fellowships can be held concurrently. 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 turn-back K12 funding if they are awarded a Damon Runyon Quantitative Biology Fellowship.

Candidates working in a structured postdoctoral research program at a for-profit institution may apply. If awarded, the for-profit institution will pay the Fellow's salary directly.

Candidates applying to work in foreign-based or United States government laboratories may be awarded a fellowship if the program represents an unusual opportunity for postdoctoral training.

Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the United States.

Eligibility update: Applicants must not have been in their Mentors’ labs for more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date.

Pre-Application Information:

Application must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL by 4:00 PM Eastern Time on December 1, 2020. Application instructions and relevant forms will be available on the site.

No hard copies or emailed applications will be accepted.

Timeline:
- Application due on or before: December 1, 2020
- Degree conferred between*: December 1, 2015 - December 1, 2020
- Joined Mentor's Lab on or after: June 1, 2019
- Selection meeting date: February 26, 2021
- Award begins first day of: April, May, or June 2021

Application Guidelines:
https://www.damonrunyon.org/for-scientists/application-guidelines/quantitative/forms

FAQs:
https://www.damonrunyon.org/for-scientists/faq

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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