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 must do their research before approaching the Conquer Cancer Foundation. The foundation funds new, groundbreaking research, which is rare for heavily studied cancers such 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. Since its founding, its goal has been to “seek dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment, and cures of all types of cancer.” Conquer Cancer supports “clinical and translational cancer research done by gifted physician-scientists at every stage of their careers.”

Conquer Cancer offers a range of funding opportunities. Individual grantseekers should review the requirements carefully to find the right fit for them.

  • The Endowed Young Investigator Award (YIA) in Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) supports “promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology with a focus in MCL.”

  • The Long-term International Fellowship supports “early-career oncologists in low- to middle-income countries” by “deepening their relationship with a mentor in the United States, Canada, or European Union.”

  • The Advanced Clinical Research Award supports “physician-scientists committed to performing original, clinical cancer research in an area not currently funded.” Proposals must show a “patient-oriented focus, including a clinical research study and/or translational research involving human subjects.”

  • The Career Development Award provides funding to “clinical investigators, who have received their initial faculty appointment, as they work to establish an independent clinical cancer research program.”

  • The Global Oncology Young Investigator Award provides funding to “early-career investigators to encourage and promote quality research in global oncology and to develop the next generation researchers to address global health needs.”

  • The International Development and Education Award (IDEA) supports “early-career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries and facilitates the sharing of knowledge between these oncologists and ASCO members.”

  • The International Innovation Grant provides funding support for “novel and innovative projects that can have a significant impact on cancer control in low- and middle-income countries (LMCs).”

  • The Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations helps “U.S. medical students from populations underrepresented in medicine and who are interested in oncology as a career to experience a minimum 4-week clinical or clinical research rotation.”

  • The Merit Award is available to “fellows/oncology trainees whose research is addressed in high-quality abstracts submitted to an ASCO Meeting and recognized for its scientific merit.”

  • Research Professorships are available to “full professors who have made significant contributions to cancer research and are dedicated to mentoring the next generation of researchers.”

  • The Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations provides support for “physician residents interested in a career in oncology to travel to the ASCO Annual Meeting, where they will have the opportunity to meet oncologists and to learn more about career option in the field of oncology.”

  • The Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards “recognize extraordinary female leaders in oncology and role models who have excelled as a mentor and have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the professional development of women colleagues as clinicians, educators, and researchers in oncology.”

  • The Young Investigator Award aims to “fund physicians during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment.”

The Conquer Cancer Foundation’s grants generally range from $50,000 to $200,000. To learn more about the research the foundation supports, explore its Grant & Award Recipients page.

The foundation accepts applications for any award with an open Request for Proposals. Grantseekers should carefully review the requirements for individual awards, as guidelines and deadlines may vary.

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