OVERVIEW: This funder's niche is getting behind the best and brightest early career cancer researchers.
IP TAKE: To DRCRF, risk equals reward. It funds some really speculative stuff, and doesn't want anyone to be shy about putting unconventional ideas out there for consideration.
PROFILE: The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation dates back to 1946. Damon Runyon was a journalist and short story writer who passed away from cancer that year. His friend, radio broadcaster Walter Winchell, went on the air to solicit contributions for cancer research. He received so many donations that he was able to establish the Damon Runyon Cancer Memorial Fund, which later became the Research Foundation. Today, the foundation prides itself on investigating innovative, high-risk projects and seeking out talented young researchers. Grants go out through six award programs, including the following:
Damon Runyon Fellowship Award - A four year postdoctoral fellowship providing a stipend starting at $52,000.
Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Fellowship Award - A four year postdoctoral fellowship providing a stipend starting at $52,000.
Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists - A $100,000 award for outstanding Runyon Fellows.
Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award - An award of $450,000 over three years for promising clinician-scientists.
Damon Runyon Rachleff Innovation Award - A two year award of up to $300,000, with the possibility of extension for another two years.
Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award - A four year award for physicians establishing themselves as researchers, providing a stipend beginning at $100,000.
Damon Runyon accepts applications online for all of its awards. Grantseekers should review the Application Guidelines carefully, as requirements and deadlines may vary among programs.
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