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The Conquer Cancer (CC) – Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) Career Development Award (CDA) provides funding to Israeli clinical investigators who have received their initial faculty appointment to establish an independent clinical 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. 

The CC-ICRF CDA is a three-year grant totaling $200,000 to pay for personnel and/or research expenses, and travel to attend the Conquer Cancer Grants and Awards Ceremony at the ASCO Annual Meeting. One grant will be awarded for 2020.

Application submissions in all oncology subspecialties are welcome.



Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the CC-ICRF CDA:

  • Be a physician (MD, DO, or international equivalent with explanation).
  • A citizen of Israel, both native-born and those who have settled. Funds are not available to visiting scientists. (Proof of Israeli citizenship must be furnished upon request.).
  • Be in the first to third year of a full-time primary faculty appointment in a clinical department at an academic medical institution in Israel at the time of grant submission. Faculty appointment should be 11/1/2016 or later, as long as the application is submitted before the applicant has three full years as faculty. Faculty appointment may begin with the entry-level faculty position within the applicant’s institution (i.e., Instructor/Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Assistant Member). If there are questions regarding whether the potential applicant is at the correct career stage, send an email to for clarification and eligibility verification.
  • Have a valid, active medical license in Israel.
  • Have completed productive postdoctoral research and demonstrated the ability to undertake independent investigator-initiated clinical research.
  • 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 to research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the award period.
  • Have a primary mentor who should be available for guidance at all times. It is preferable that the mentor be at the same institution as the applicant. The mentor 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 applicants are allowed to hold only one active grant from Conquer Cancer or ICRF at a time.
  • Eligible applicants may not accept another clinical research career development type of award that would duplicate the provisions of the CDA grant. Other development awards considered to be duplicative include clinical investigator awards, academic and teacher investigator awards, and postdoctoral and senior fellowships.
  • Should not have been a Principal Investigator on any large project grants (e.g., R01 or international equivalent, or private foundation grants).

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions of the Request for Proposals. All application materials must be in English and must be submitted through the Grants Portal. Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted.