Conquer Cancer Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Conquer Cancer Foundation has a number of funding opportunities in the form of grants, awards and fellowships. The foundation supports clinical and translational research for physician-scientists in every career stage.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers need to do their research before approaching the Conquer Cancer Foundation. The foundation funds new, groundbreaking research, which is rare for such heavily studied cancers as breast and lung.  

PROFILE: The Conquer Cancer Foundation was established by a group of oncologists and cancer doctors who were members of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Ever since the foundation was established, its goal has been to “seek dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment, and cures of all types of cancer.” That’s a pretty tall order, so Conquer Cancer is covering all of its funding bases by supporting clinical and translational research for physician-scientists in every career stage.

Conquer Cancer has a number of funding opportunities in the form of grants, awards and fellowships, but its crown jewel is its Advanced Clinical Research Award. The Advanced Clinical Research Award is a three-year, $450,000 grant awarded to physician-scientists performing innovative cancer research in a field not currently funded, or at the very least, incredibly underfunded. The award supports both clinical and translational research; however, those studies must involve human subjects. So investigators who haven't reached the human phase of their research are out of luck here.

The foundation also offers a Career Development Award, totaling $200,000 over three years, for scientists in the first through third years of their initial faculty appointment. For scientists on the brink of starting their own labs, the Young Investigator Award is a $50,000 grant to aid this transition.

Overall, Conquer Cancer’s funding ranges from a low end of around $1,000 and go up from there. And by the looks of the foundation’s grants list, it looks as though no type of cancer is off-limits. The foundation has supported research efforts in crowded research fields like breast cancer and the less congested field of hematological malignancies. It also offers various travel grants for physicians and researchers to become exposed to new research on cancer across the globe.

To learn more about the research the foundation supports, explore its Grant & Award Recipients page.

The Conquer Cancer Foundation issues requests for proposals for its Advance Clinical Research Award annually. The submission deadline for RFPs tends to fall around the end of September.   

PEOPLE: 

  • Nancy Daly, Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropic Officer
  • Eileen Melnick, Director, Grants, Awards and Foundation Giving

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