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Conquer Cancer – Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research Career Pathway Grants in Symptom Management

Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, and Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research (RTFCCR) have partnered to establish the Conquer Cancer – Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research Career Pathway Grants in Symptom Management to support research in symptom management and build the next generation of clinical researchers in this field.

Up to six grants will be awarded in 2020: three pairs of grants will go to grant recipients in North America, and three pairs of grants to grant recipients in Europe. Each grant pair includes annual funding for the young physician scientist and annual funding for a mentor. Each grant may be awarded for a maximum term of up to four years.

Support for Grant Recipient: In the first year, each grant recipient will receive funding of $100,000 through their academic institution as they complete their subspecialty training. Contingent upon approval by Conquer Cancer and RTFCCR, grant recipients may continue to receive funding of $100,000 each year for the next three years to support their research during their early career years as independent faculty.

Support for Mentor: In the first year, each mentor will receive $15,000 as part of the grant to provide support and "protected time" to mentor clinician-scientists at an early career stage in translational, and/or patient-oriented cancer symptom management-focused research. Funding of $15,000 for each mentor for each succeeding year is contingent upon approval by Conquer Cancer and RTFCCR.


Research Project Criteria

Symptom management research focuses on developing better approaches to prevent or treat acute or chronic symptoms and morbidities related to cancer, its treatment and caregiving. The goal of symptom management research is to identify effective ways to reduce harmful symptoms experienced by cancer patients and decrease cancer care costs related to poorly controlled symptoms. Training the next generation of practitioners is critical to fill the gaps in knowledge and sustain progress in symptom management research.

The goal of the Career Pathway Grants in Symptom Management is to recruit and retain individuals committed to conducting symptom management research. This unique grant program will support young physician scientists at a critical time in their academic careers – when they transition from training to principal investigators and begin to set up labs of their own. Through this grant program, these individuals will become leaders in academic research and inspire future generations of physician scientists.


The program application is open to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • A physician (MD, DO, or international equivalent) in the first two years of final subspecialty training at an academic medical institution and within 10 years of obtaining his/her medical degree at the time of grant submission. Examples of subspecialty training include, but are not limited to, a hematology-oncology fellowship, a surgical oncology fellowship, or a radiation oncology residency.  An MD, PhD is eligible if both degrees are completed prior to the start of the grant period;
  • Must be enrolled in an oncology subspecialty training program at an academic medical institution in North America or Europe;
  • Planning an investigative career in clinical oncology with a focus on symptom management research;
  • Have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted at the time of application;
  • An institutional commitment for a faculty appointment at the time of grant submission is not required, but the applicant should be working in an oncology laboratory or clinical research setting;
  • Have a primary mentor in symptom management research from the sponsoring institution.  The mentor will ensure that adequate support and guidance are provided for successful completion of the proposed research project and provide career mentorship;
  • The sponsor institution must assure support for the proposed research project. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and resources that can contribute to the planning process and implementation of the project. The sponsor institution must assure to provide protected time to the Applicant/Principal Investigator.
  • Applicant and Mentor must be an ASCO member or have submitted a membership application with the grant application;
  • Applicant must be able to commit at least 60% of full- time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the award period;
  • Applicant can hold only one grant from Conquer Cancer and RTFCCR at a time.

Application Instructions

This application does not require a Letter of Intent. Full applications must be submitted by the application deadline and in accordance with the requirements and instructions in the Request for Proposals. All application materials must be in English and must be submitted through the Application Portal. Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted. If you have questions, please email


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