V Foundation for Cancer Research: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The V Foundation for Cancer Research supports cancer research work across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder supports well-established researchers and organizations that have a revered reputation in the scientific community. 

PROFILE: Established in 1995, the V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by famed basketball coach and ESPN broadcaster Jim Valvano, who died in 1993, less than a year after receiving his cancer diagnosis. In the years that have passed, the foundation has awarded nearly $200 million in grants to support cancer research work around the country. The foundation seeks to "make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer." The V Foundation performs these dual roles through advocacy, education, fundraising and philanthropy. The foundation offers V Scholar, mission, translational, and designated grants.

The foundation's V Scholar grants support young researchers to help fund their independent lab projects. V Scholar offers two-year awards of $100,000 per year. Past grantees include the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute among many others. In contrast, mission grants support projects that align with the foundation’s mission, but “are not usually directed to a specific research project." Mission grant amounts tend to be under $100,000 per year. Translational grants offer three-year, $200,000 funds per year that support  scientists and investigators transitioning their work from labs to clinics. Finally, designated grants supports basic and translational research for projects that may fall beyond the foundation’s stated mission and guidelines. Designated grants vary in amount, but according to the foundation, they have ranged from $50,000 to more than $1 million.

Grants are typically awarded to scientists and investigators working at or affiliated with major medical institutions and universities such as Massachusetts General and Stanford University School of Medicine. To learn more about V Foundation grantees and to get a broader sense of the type of work the foundation supports, explore its Grants Awarded page.

Each year, the foundation issues requests for proposals to cancer centers and colleges and universities across the United States. The V Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.


  • Susan Braun, CEO
  • Carole Wegner, Vice President of Research and Grants Administration