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Extramural Funding Opportunities

The following is a list of currently open non-limited extramural funding opportunties. Listings are generally updated in batches on a monthly basis. Entries are ordered by posting date, with most recent postings first. Funding opportunities are removed from this list once their final application due date has passed.


Posted April 13, 2015

2015 Edward P. Evans Grants in MDS Research

Application Due Date(s):  June 1, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. EDT

How to Apply: Email Michael Lewis at for application materials.

Description: Each NCI-designated cancer center may nominate one candidate for the 2015 Edward P. Evans Grant for Basic or Translational Research in Myelodysplastic Syndromes. Funding is available for laboratory-based fundamental and translational research. Each grant will total $400,000, and will be provided in two annual installments of $200,000 per year. Funding for the second year is conditional upon attainment of satisfactory progress during the first year. A limited number of awards for a third year of funding may be available.

Phi Beta Psi Sorority National Project to Advance Cancer Research

Application Due Date(s):  June 15, 2015

How to Apply: send a one page proposal and biosketch to Nancy Presseau at by Monday, April 20, 2015.

Description: Phi Beta Psi Sorority is a national, civic, non-profit organization whose National Project is to advance cancer research nationwide to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment by providing research grants to qualified investigators addressing original questions and hypotheses to be explored in basic and clinical studies in the field of cancer. Research application must be focused on brain, breast, colorectal, endometrial, lung, ovarian, pancreatic or prostate cancer. Preference is given to Young Investigators with documented evidence of potential for conducting novel research of either basic or clinical aspects of cancer and cancer-related problems. Applications from Established Investigators exploring new and innovative areas of cancer research also will be considered.

Last year, they awarded a total of $324,810.00 to six (6) cancer investigators across the United States who are pursuing a wide variety of research projects. They anticipate that five or six grants in the amount of $40,000 to $60,000 annually will be awarded in 2016. Phi Beta Psi Charity Trust is a non-profit organization, which does not allow overhead costs to be charged by the host institution.


Posted March 24, 2015

American Society of Hematology Scholar Award

Application Due Date(s):  Letter of Intent Due May 1, 2015 / Application Due August 3, 2015

How to Apply: Visit the website here

Description: The ASH Scholar Award provides funding to support hematologists who have chosen career in research by providing partial salary or other support during that critical period required for completion of training and achievement of status as an independent investigator. This award supports both basic/translational research and clinical research.

This award provides a maximum of $100,000 for fellow scholars and $150,000 for junior faculty scholars over a two- to three-year period, with an annual maximum of $50,000 for fellows and $75,000 for junior faculty. Up to 15 percent of the award may be (but is not required to be) used for benefits, including medical and dental insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) ‘A’ Awards 

Application Due Date(s): May 22, 2015

How to Apply: Download the PDF here

Description: This grant is designed for early career scientists who want to establish their career in pediatric oncology research. The ideal applicant has an original project that is not currently funded. The goal is to advance research that will lead to new treatments and cures impacting children with cancer.

The ALSF’s ‘A’ Award provides $150,000 a year for three years. In addition, the ‘A’ Award provides reference books to enhance the recipient’s personal pediatric oncology library, up to $10,000 in equipment to enhance lab/project work, and registration fees for one educational course or event. Indirect costs are not allowed.

Alex’s  Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) Reach Award

Application Due Date(s): May 29, 2015

How to Apply: Download the PDF here

Description: The purpose of the Reach Award is to advance ALSF’s mission to find cures and better treatments for childhood cancers by providing support to move hypothesis-driven research into the clinic. The Reach Award seeks to remove some of the barriers of moving a study from the pre-clinical arena into a clinical trial. Thus, the goal of this award is to support selected “late translational” studies needed to ultimately initiate a clinical trial. Preference will be given to those research projects which, if funded, will result in the initiation of a clinical trial within two to three years.

The Reach Award provides a maximum budget of $125,000 a year for two years in total costs. Budget items may include salary (maximum of 10 percent of grant per key investigator), fringe, travel, supplies and small pieces of equipment (less than $5,000). Indirect costs are not allowed.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) 2015 Bio-Therapeutics Impact Award (BTIA)

Application Due Date(s): June 30, 2015

How to Apply: Download the PDF here

Description: This award provides funding to support investigator-initiated clinical trials using biologic therapies, including but not limited to immunotherapy, gene therapy and small molecules. This grant category was initiated to accelerate the development of clinical trials for promising biologic approaches to treat childhood cancers through clinical trials.

A maximum of $1.5 million in total costs will be awarded over three years ($500,000 per year for three years). If applying for pre-clinical funding to perform IND enabling studies or have submitted an IND and are awaiting approval, funding will be capped at $100,000 in year one and the balance for the clinical trial initiation will be released after the IND is approved. The purchase of equipment is capped at $250,000 over three years.

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Research Grant

Application Due Date(s): June 1, 2015

How to Apply: Visit the website here

Description: This grant provides funding to investigators in the U.S. that propose research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer. The Foundation particularly encourages grant applications for a one year period which will allow establishment of capabilities of new cancer researchers, or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. It is anticipated that this early stage funding by the Foundation may lead to subsequent and expanded support using government agency funding. Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified.

There is no minimum or maximum set for the budget. However, most grants average $100,000-$150,000 for one year. Applications requesting more than 15% overhead are not usually considered for funding.

Lung Cancer Research Foundation 2015 Grant

Application Due Date(s): May 22, 2015

How to Apply: Download the PDF here

Description: The Lung Cancer Research Foundation's grant program provides critical seed support for cutting-edge scientific research on all cancers of the lung. The LCRF believes that this type of support can build proof of concept for researchers to apply for additional grant funding from universities and public sources. Lung cancer projects can be focused on basic science, translational research, clinical research, supportive care, and quality of care/outcomes.

This award provides up $50,000 for one year. All applicable costs including indirect/overhead costs must be included as part of requested budget total. Personnel budget lines must not account for more than 15 percent of total request. Funds may not be used for direct patient care costs that could be reimbursed from other sources.


Posted February 5, 2015

V Foundation Translational Research Grant Program

Application Due Date(s): One-page proposal and biosketch need to be sent to Nancy Presseau at by Friday March 6, 2015 / Research proposal will be due by 5:00 PM EST on May 1, 2015 via the online portal.

How to Apply: Online portal expected to launch in early March. Please contact for your more information

Description: The Translational Research Grant Program supports research teams to conduct translational cancer research to bring laboratory discoveries to the patient bedside. The total amount of the grant is $600,000 awarded in three annual installments of $200,000 each.

Cancer Center Directors will nominate the applicant(s) to apply from their institution. Each invited cancer center director may nominate one principle investigator to lead a research team. Each PI may invite other researchers to work as collaborators on the research team.

All areas of cancer research are encouraged. For the 2015 Translational Program, The V Foundation has a special interest in supporting cancer research investigating cancers that are more prevalent or aggressive in specific ethnic populations (e.g., African Americans, Hispanic). Cancers in which ethnic and racial disparities have previously been shown include: lung and bronchus, colon and rectum, breast, prostate, uterine, cervix, stomach and liver. A limited number of Translational Grants will be awarded in this area.


Posted January 26, 2015

Tower Cancer Research Foundation Career Development Award

Application Due Date(s): Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

How to Apply: Visit the website here

Description: Career Development grantees will be awarded $100,000. Up to five Career Development grants will be awarded. The grant award must be used to cover research related expenses between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. All grant awards are for one year only with no guarantee of renewal. Grant funds are to be applied towards salary, equipment and/or supplies. No use of funds for additional overhead expenses is permitted.

Last updated: 4/13/2015 3:00:42 PM