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American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) – AACR – Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowship
  • Due: Priority due date February 28, 2021 for funding this cycle; applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Funding: $100,000
  • Project period: 1 year
  • Purpose: To support early-career clinical scientists interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills related to clinical trial design and execution in relation to the pharmaceutical industry, to include areas such as clinical development, drug development, clinical research, clinical trial design, and data analysis.
  • Eligibility: Applicant must hold a medical degree (MD, DO, or MD/PhD). Non-U.S. applicants must ensure there is enough time to complete project and grant term before visa expires.
Cystic Fibrosis FoundationPath to a Cure: Industry Award with LOI
  • Due: LOI submission rolling
  • Funding: Negotiable
  • Project period:  Not specified
  • Purpose: To support development of treatments for the underlying cause of the disease and, ultimately, a cure for CF.
  • Eligibility Notes: Matching funding required. U.S.-based and non U.S.-based research and development focused companies welcome to apply. Milestone completion and subsequent funding requirement.
Immune Tolerance Network
  • Due: Open; Concept Proposals accepted year-round
    • Full applications accepted by invitation
  • Funding: Not specified
  • Project period: Not specified
  • Purpose: To fund research in 1) allergy & asthma, 2) autoimmune diseases, 3) kidney & liver transplantation, and 4) assays & biomarkers.
  • Note: ITN does not accept proposals for non-human or preclinical studies.
NIH/NHLBI – Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE)
  • Due: Rolling; pre-applications priority through March 31, 2021
    • Full applications accepted by invitation
  • Funding: All-expense-paid Summer Institute Program via NHLBI
  • Project period: One summer
  • Purpose: To provide mentoring to junior investigators and transitioning postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented backgrounds. Distinct programs offered across multiple campuses.
  • Eligibility: 1) U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 2) holds doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DO, DVM); 3) from a group that is underrepresented in biomedical or health sciences; 4) research focus on heart, lung, blood or sleep (HLBS) disorders; and 5) hold formal faculty appointment before start of Summer Institute Program.
NIH/NHLBI – Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research

K01 Independent Clinical Trial Required
K01 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed

  • Due: Standard October and February Dates.
  • Funding: Up to $150,000 per year
  • Project period: Up to 5 years
  • Purpose: To promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences workforce.
NIH/NIAID – Primary Caregiver Technical Assistance Supplements (PCTAS)
  • Due: Rolling; submit 30 days before targetted review date
    • Anticipated review in Nov, Feb, Apr, May
  • Funding: Up to $50,000 for technician salary
  • Project period: Up to 2 years
  • Purpose: To maintain productivity for a postdoc who is caring for children or ailing relative. Funds to be used for personnel to assist postdoc.
  • Eligibility: Lab PI must have NIAID-funded P/U/R grant with at least 1 year remaining.
NIH – Administrative Supplements to Promote Research Continuity and Retention of NIH Mentored Career Development (K) Award Recipients and Scholars
  • Due: Varies by awarding IC
  • Funding: Up to $50,000 direct costs
  • Project period: Up to 1 year
  • Purpose: To sustain mentored investigator’s research during critical life events. Applications may be submitted in advance of a known event or after the fact.
  • Note: Funds can be used for staff, supplies, or equipment within the original scope of research for the currently-funded grant period.
NIH/NIGMS – Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
  • Due: Varies by awarding IC
  • Funding: Not specified
  • Project period: Within project period of active grant
  • Purpose: To enhance the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdocs, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds.
  • Note: As of January 2021, NIGMS accepts applications to support faculty-level investigators developing independent research careers. Faculty who haven’t previously served as program director or principal investigator on NIH research grant, individual research career development award, or project leader of a NIH award subproject.
NIH – Administrative Supplement for Continuity of Biomedical and Behavioral Research Among First-Time Recipients of NIH Research Project Grant Awards
  • Due: Varies by awarding IC
  • Funding: Up to $50,000 direct costs
  • Project period: Up to 1 year
  • Purpose: To enhance the retention of investigators facing critical life events who are approaching the first renewal of their first independent grant or to a second new NIH grant.
NIH/NIDDK – Administrative Supplements to Support Emerging Physician-Scientists to Develop Research Expertise in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
  • Due: February 3, 2022; February 3, 2023
  • Funding: Up to $100,000 salary support, and $25,000 supplies
  • Project period: 2 years
  • Purpose: To support advanced research opportunities for physician-scientists holding the MD or equivalent or MD/PhD degrees, and who are early in their research careers.
  • Eligibility Notes: PD/PIs of an active R01, U01, U54, R18, RC2, DP1 or P01 award from NIDDK’s DDEMD are eligible to apply if they have at least 2 years of support remaining in the current project period.
NIH – Temporary Eligibility Extensions Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
National Institutes of Health – Career Development (K) Awards
  • New Applications due: annually on February 12, June 12, October 12
  • Renewal/Revision/Resubmission: annually on March 12, July 12, November 12
National Institutes of Health – Individual Fellowship (F) Awards
  • All Types Due: annually on April 8, August 8, December 8


A-T Children’s Project Post Doctoral Fellowship Award
  • Due: LOI due July 1, 2021
  • Funding: $30,00 to $40,000 per year
  • Project period: 2 years
  • Purpose: To support young investigators who have innovative strategies for research that will accelerate breakthroughs for Ataxia-Telangiectasia.
  • Eligibility: Post docs with 1 year or less experience nominated by their PI. Proposals accepted from young investigators, established PIs and clinicians, scientists from other disciplines and individuals with innovative new ideas for S-T research from academia or industry; U. S. and international applicants accepted.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer – 2021 Young Investigator Grant
  • Due: July 12, 2021
  • Funding: Up to $150,000
  • Project period: Up to 3 years
  • Purpose: To support Early Career Scientists in pursuing pediatric cancer research.
  • Eligibility: MD, PhD, or MD/PhD or equivalent with an appointment no higher than Instructor. Clinical Fellows eligible for duration of fellowship training up to first three years at Instructor level. All other applicants must be within six years after obtaining doctoral degree. Minimum of 75% protected time required for all research activities.
AAAS Science & SciLifeLabPrize for Young Scientist 2021
  • Due: July 21,2021
  • Funding: $30,000 for grand prize winner; $10,000 for category winners (3)
  • Project period: One-time essay submission with entry form and additional materials
  • Purpose: Global effort to encourage young scientists to continue research in their chosen field of study. One Grand prize awarded annually to one young scientist who has been awarded a doctoral degree within the previous two years in the life sciences field for best essay on research findings. Three additional category winners selected. Essays from category winners are published online. Grand prize-winning essay published in Science.
  • Eligibility: Research work must be performed by the applicant. Only accepting submissions from applicants receiving a PhD between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.
Pfizer Global Medical Grants and Myovant Sciences – Management of Uterine Fibroids and Endometrioses (RFP)
  • Due: July 29, 2021
  • Funding: Up to $250,000
  • Project period: Up to 2 years
  • Purpose: To support proposals that address treatment options, goals, gaps in care/management, and educate on the role of GnRH antagonists as a treatment, and highlight clinical differentiators for both uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Educating on clinical and non-invasive tools to facilitate earlier diagnosis and medical intervention prior to surgery is also an area of interest.
  • Eligibility: Professional schools (medical, nursing, allied health, and/or pharmacy professional schools); healthcare institutions; professional associations and medical societies; medical education companies; and other organizations whose mission includes healthcare professional education and/or healthcare improvement in women’s health may apply.


Prostate Cancer Foundation – Pfizer Innovation Challenge: Patient Preference Database Blueprint
  • Due: August 2, 2021 (RFP)
  • Funding: Up to $50,000
  • Project period: Not specified
  • Purpose: To support a team demonstrating the ability to create a blueprint to develop, host and update a searchable database that will store quantitative patient preference results. One design objective is to be able to organize information in a way that will allow for extraction of data which could be used as secondary data to weight outcomes in decision modeling. Area of interest for this RFP is Support for Health Outcomes.
  • Eligibility: Must be an independent third-party entity focused on Health Services Research. Submitted blueprint must be actionable immediately.
Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) – Pfizer-Myovant Relugolix Challenge Awards
  • Due: August 16, 2021 (RFP)
  • Funding: Up to $500,000
  • Project period: Up to 2 years
  • Purpose: To invite submission of innovative clinical research proposals in the areas of Oncology, Genitourinary and Prostate Cancer, with specific interest in correlative research for relugolix in prostate cancer.
  • Eligibility: Teams with a least 3 investigators, including one early-career investigator (Postdoctoral Fellow, Instructor, Research Associate, Assistant Professor, or equivalent, within 6 years of completion of a professional degree such as MD, DO, PhD, MD-PhD, DSc, ScD, DDM, DDS, DMD, MBBS or equivalent) at U.S. based organizations eligible. PI applicants must have a medical or doctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent)..
American Association for Cancer Research – AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships
  • Due: August 21, 2021
  • Funding: $100,000
  • Project period: 1 year
  • Purpose: To provide clinical research experience for early-career clinical scientists in drug development (including clinical research and trial design and data analysis) with opportunities for publication and research presentation. Two types of clinical research fellowships offered: 1) AACR-AstraZeneca Clinical Immuno-oncology 2) AACR-Bayer Clinical Oncology.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must hold an MD, DO, or MD/PhD (not currently a candidate for further doctoral degree), have an interest in clinical trial design and implementation in the pharmaceutical industry, and be enrolled in a hematology/oncology or radiation oncology fellowship program at an academic, medical, or research institution in the U.S.


Thrasher Foundation – Early Career Awards
  • Due: September 14, 2021
  • Funding: $25,000 maximum
  • Project period: Up to two years
  • Purpose: To support the development of medical research in child health by giving small awards to early career investigators to help them gain research experience.
  • Eligibility: Physicians in residency/training program, or have completed program no more than one year by submission date; postdoctoral researchers holding degree no more than three years prior to date of submission. K and CTSA awardees not eligible. Mentor required.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – American College of Emergency Physicians and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Innovation in Acute Care Suicide Prevention Award
  • Due: September 30, 2021 (nomination deadline)
  • Funding: Not specified
  • Project period: Not specified
  • Purpose: To recognize novel, sustainable and scalable suicide prevention solutions that can be utilized in acute care settings and suicide prevention communities.
  • Eligibility: Any U.S.-based healthcare system, hospital, ER department, organization, academic institutions, or individual involved in suicide prevention eligible. Innovation must evidence-based, show measurable impact, and address suicide prevention in the acute care setting. Prior winners not eligible to apply. Self nominations accepted


Whitehall Foundation – Research Grants
  • Due: October 1, 2021 (LOI)
  • Funding: $30,000 to $75,000/year
  • Project period: Up to 3 years
  • Purpose: To support research in areas of basic biological sciences not heavily funded by federal agencies. One area of special interest: neurobiology, specifically neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions as they relate to behavior to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior (not exclusively)..
  • Eligibility: Established researchers of all ages working at accredited institutions welcome to apply. Support is emphasized for early-career scientists and scientists transitioning to new fields of interest. PI must be at the assistant professor faculty level or higher. Tenure track not a requirement.
Whitehall Foundation – Grants-in-Aid
  • Due: October 1, 2021 (LOI)
  • Funding: Up to $30,000 maximum
  • Project period: 1 year
  • Purpose: To support researchers at the Assistant Professor level in gaining research experience in the initial stage of their careers. Grants also support some established scientists.
  • Eligibility: Established researchers of all ages working at accredited institutions welcome to apply. Support is emphasized for early-career scientists and scientists transitioning to new fields of interest. PI must be at the Assistant Professor faculty level or higher.
American Cancer Society – Research Scholar Grants (RSG)
  • Due: October 15, 2021
  • Funding: Up to $165,000 a year for direct costs, plus 20% allowable indirect costs
  • Project period: Up to 4 years
  • Purpose: Supports investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum.
  • Eligibility: Independent investigators in the first 8 years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply. Eligibility is extended for 10 years for clinician scientists who remain active in clinical care. Applicants typically must be within 14 years of receiving a terminal (doctorate) degree and cannot have more than one R01/R01-like grant (>$100,000/year direct costs for more than 3 years) as principal investigator at the time of application.
American Cancer Society – Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG)
  • Due: October 15, 2021
  • Funding: $135,000 maximum
  • Project period: 3 to 5 years
  • Purpose: Supports development of early-career faculty clinicians who are early in their careers as clinical scientists.
  • Eligibility: Licensed clinicians, active in patient care within the first 6 years of initial faculty appointment. Must be a U.S. citizen.
American Cancer Society – Mission Boost Grant (MSG)
  • Due: October 15, 2021
  • Funding: $100,000 maximum (stage I); $300,000 maximum (stage II)
  • Project period: Up to 2 years (stage I); Up to 18 months (stage II)
  • Purpose: To provide additional funding for innovative, high-risk/reward projects to investigators who are recent or past recipients of a grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS).
  • Eligibility: Current or past recipients of one of the following (ACS) grants, with a duration of at least 1 year: Research Scholarship Grant, Mentored Research Scholar Grant, Clinician Scientist Development Grant, Cancer Control Career Development Awards, or Pilot Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care Award.
American Cancer Society – Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Due: October 15, 2021
  • Funding: $52,000 to $56,000
  • Project period: 3 years
  • Purpose: To provide initial funding for researchers who are within 3 years of their postdoctoral degree working towards an independent career in cancer research in basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research areas.
  • Eligibility: Researchers within 3 years of receiving a doctoral degree who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply.

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