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The Young Investigator Award (YIA) provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology. The purpose of this grant is to fund physicians during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment.

The Young Investigator Award is a one-year grant totaling $50,000 to pay for personnel and/or research expenses, and travel to attend the Conquer Cancer Grants and Awards Ceremony at the ASCO Annual Meeting. The number of YIA grants in each funding cycle is not predetermined by Conquer Cancer. Awards are given based on individual merit and availability of funds.

Funding Available

The number of YIAs in each funding cycle is not predetermined by Conquer Cancer.  Awards are given based on individual merit and availability of funds.  Conquer Cancer highly encourages applications in all areas of oncology.

The following endowed YIAs from generous supporters allow Conquer Cancer to guarantee the award of these grants each year in perpetuity. 

BREAST CANCER

  • Endowed Young Investigator Award in memory of Evelyn H. Lauder

CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA 

  • Dr. Jose Leis Endowed Young Investigator Award

GERIATRIC ONCOLOGY

  • Endowed Young Investigator Award in Geriatric Oncology in honor of Dr. Arti Hurria

HEALTH DISPARITIES

  • Novartis Oncology Endowed Young Investigator Award in Health Disparities

LUNG

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Endowed Young Investigator Award (or Gastrointestinal Cancer)

MANTLE CELL LYMPHOMA

  • Frist Family Endowed Young Investigator Award in honor of Howard A. Burris, III, MD

CANCER SUPPORTIVE CARE

  • Anna Braglia Endowed Young Investigator Award in Cancer Supportive Care, supported by HELSINN

ANY AREA

  • Åke Bertil Eriksson Endowed Young Investigator Award
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Endowed Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award*
  • Endowed Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award*
  • Endowed Young Investigator Award in honor of Grant R. and Victoria A. Merryman
  • Endowed Young Investigator Award in memory of John R. Durant, MD
  • Endowed Young Investigator Award in memory of Sally Gordon (2)
  • Fred J. Ansfield, MD, Endowed Young Investigator Award
  • Harry F. Bisel, MD, Endowed Young Investigator Award
  • Jane C. Wright, MD, Endowed Young Investigator Award
  • Victoria H. Montgomery Endowed Young Investigator Award

*Awarded to a female recipient

In addition, Conquer Cancer has dedicated funding in several areas for 2020 including but not limited to: brain cancer, kidney cancer, pediatric cancer, sarcoma (including projects with a focus in immunotherapy), and practice management. Dedicated funding is also available for female researchers and researchers from Florida and Northern California. Conquer Cancer highly encourages applications in other areas of oncology.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Young Investigator Award:

  • Be a physician (MD, DO, or international equivalent) working in any country and currently in the last two years of his/her 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.
  • Be planning an investigative career in clinical oncology.
  • 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 mentor in the proposed research field from the sponsoring institution.  The mentor must assume responsibility and provide guidance for the research. If the mentor is not an ASCO member, a supporting letter from an ASCO member from the sponsoring institution must be included.
  • 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 http://www.asco.org/membership.
  • 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.
  • Eligible physicians are allowed to hold only one grant from the Conquer Cancer Foundation at a time.

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions of the Young Investigator Award Request for Proposals (RFP). 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.

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Recipients

The Young Investigator Award was first awarded in 1984. As of 2019, we have funded nearly 1,200 clinical investigators across the globe totaling more than $50 million.

Supporters

The Young Investigator Awards are supported by:

                                                                                                                                   

Anonymous
ASCO State Affiliate Council and ASCO Clinical Practice Committee
Charles M. Baum, MD, PhD
Nina Lesavoy Brady
Howard A. Burris, III, MD and Karen Y. Burris
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Frist, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Trisha Elcan,  Howard A. Burris, III, MD, and Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Friends and Family of Dr. Arti Hurria
Judith Salmon Kaur, MD
Helen L. Kay Charitable Trust
Leap Therapeutics, Inc.
ME STRONG
Georgia and Michael Michelson
Victoria H. Montgomery
Nebraska Oncology Society
Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society
Greg Parekh/ New Rhein Healthcare, LLC
Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., MD, FASCO and Susan M. DaSilva, PhD
Sapiente Family Foundation
Aaron and Barbro Sasson
Shanken Family Foundation
Stephen A. Sherwin, MD
Tennessee Oncology
Tomasello Family
Wawa Foundation
Generous Supporters of the Women Who Conquer Cancer

This list reflects commitments as of May 27, 2020.
 

This grant receives support that may result in a report to the CMS Open Payments website under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The supporting companies are required to report the amount of the grant, the names of physicians who are awarded this grant, and the names of their institutions. This information may appear on the Open Payments website. Find out more information about the Sunshine Act and CMS Open Payments program.