V Foundation for Cancer Research: Grants for Diseases

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

IP TAKE: This funder supports well-established researchers and respected organizations 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. The foundation has since awarded nearly $200 million to support cancer research 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. Programs include V Scholar, mission, translational, and designated grants.

The foundation's V Scholar grants help young researchers lead independent lab projects with two-year awards of up to $100,000 per year. 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 of $200,000 per year for three years support scientists and investigators transitioning their work from labs to clinics. Designated grants support basic and translational research for projects that may fall outside the foundation’s 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.

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