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The Career Development Award (CDA) in Breast Cancer provides research funding to clinical investigators, who have received their initial faculty appointment, as they work to establish an independent clinical breast cancer research program. This research must have a patient-oriented focus, including a clinical research study and/or translational research involving human subjects. Proposals with a predominant focus on in vitro or animal studies (even if clinically relevant) are not allowed.

This CDA is a three-year grant totaling $200,000 to pay for personnel and/or research expenses and travel to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting. One grant will be awarded in this funding opportunity.

Conquer Cancer has funding for an award in breast cancer.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Career Development Award:

  • Be a physician (MD, DO of international equivalent) working in any country.
  • Be in the first to third year of a full-time primary faculty appointment in a clinical department at an academic medical institution at the time of grant submission. Faculty appointment may begin with the entry-level faculty position within the applicant’s institution (i.e., Instructor/Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Assistant Member). 
  • Have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted at the time of application.
  • Have completed productive postdoctoral research and demonstrated the ability to undertake independent investigator-initiated clinical research in breast cancer.
  • Be an ASCO Member or have submitted a membership application with the grant application. To apply for membership, or to renew your existing membership, please visit
  • Be able to commit more than 50% of full-time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the award period.
  • Have a mentor from the sponsoring institution who must provide a letter of support. If the mentor is not an ASCO Member, a supporting letter from an ASCO Member from the sponsoring institution must be included.
  • Eligible physicians are allowed to hold only one grant from Conquer Cancer at a time.
  • Applicants who hold concurrent career development awards (e.g., K23, K08, or any other type of career development award) must notify Conquer Cancer before they submit an application. Past recipients of training fellowships (e.g., Young Investigator Award or an F32 grant) are eligible. Applicants with institutional KL2/K12 grants are eligible to apply, but must notify Conquer Cancer if they are currently funded by such an award. If there are questions regarding eligibility associated with previous and current grants received, applicants are encouraged to send an email to for clarification.
  • Be up-to-date and in compliance with all requirements (e.g., progress reports, final reports, budget summaries, IRB approvals, etc.) of any past grants received from Conquer Cancer.

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions of the Career Development Award in Breast Cancer Request for Proposals (RFP). 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.

Open: Apply by August 5, 2020.

Application Deadlines

Application Open: 

June 1, 2020

Letter of Intent Deadline: 

Application Deadline: 

August 5, 2020

Award Term: 

January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023