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The Global Oncology Young Investigator Award (GO YIA) provides research funding to early-career investigators to encourage and promote quality research in global oncology and to develop the next generation researchers to address global health needs. “Global oncology” is a term that generally refers to the application of the concepts of global health to cancer, and implies an approach to the practice of oncology that acknowledges the reality of limited resources in most parts of the world.  For purposes of this Request for Proposals (RFP), “global health” is described as an “area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide." 

This Global Oncology YIA has been established in support of implementation science projects to address oncology care in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). The goal is to develop a curriculum for Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) in adult oncology care and to scope out the resources required to do this in a sustainable way. The project needs to be a research exercise – identifying training models, researching their outcomes, analyzing the outcomes of those models to select the most effective curriculum, and also researching the cost of creating sustainable models where they currently do not exist.  The ideal grantee will have a mentor who is established, and will need to be within a team or be paired with a high-income institution working for a period of time in a lower resource setting. 

The Global Oncology YIA is intended to support:

  1. Research by investigators in low resource settings on scientific questions specific to those settings. This research has potential to offer “reverse innovation” insights that could influence practice in a wide range of practice settings.
  2. Research by investigators in high resource settings on issues in resource-limited settings. 
  3. Collaborative research (high and low resource investigators) on questions of shared concern, such as studying a cancer type that affects a small population in the U.S. but is common in another country. 


The Global Oncology YIA provides research funding to early-career investigators to encourage and promote quality research in global oncology and to develop the next generation researchers to address global health needs.

Applicants (Principal Investigators) must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a doctoral degree (including MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DO, or equivalent doctoral degrees).
  • In the last year of training or during the first two years of a faculty/staff appointment (if in academic institution) or first two years of employment (if in a non-academic institution) at the time of grant submission.
  • Should demonstrate an interest in oncology or a related branch of science and be working in an oncology setting, but are not required to have oncology-specific training
  • Be an ASCO member or have submitted a membership application with the grant application. To apply for new membership, or to renew an existing membership, go to
  • Must have a contractual obligation with the sponsoring organization (see section for Eligible Organizations).
  • 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.

Applications may be submitted by the following entities:

  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Research Organizations
  • Government Organizations (may include medical centers and hospitals that have access to resources and infrastructure to support a research project)
  • Nonprofit Organizations (includes medical societies or associations, advocacy organizations, foundations, hospitals)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.

Applicants who are uncertain about their eligibility are encouraged to contact for clarification and provide their CV for evaluation.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted in accordance with 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.