2019-2021 Cancer Research Awards

Funding Agency:
Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

About the SWCRF: The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF), founded in 1975, is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting basic, translational, and clinical research with the goal of developing effective targeted treatments for cancer. SWCRF funds research in leading institutions in the United States, Canada, China, and Israel; fosters collaborations; trains scientists; and organizes international conferences to develop novel approaches to prevent and treat cancer. SWCRF develops research programs in the form of an “Institution Without Walls” that spans institutions and disciplines and seeks to identify investigators who are best able to attack specific problems related to cancer. To date, the SWCRF has awarded approximately $100 million to more than 200 investigators.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is pleased to announce a Request for Applications (RFA) for 8 (eight) new two-year awards of $100,000/year. We anticipate funding half of the awards for research that will focus on the interplay of aging and cancer; the other half for research that will address aspects of aberrant gene expression, differentiation, or epigenetic therapies that relate to cancer. Directors of major aging and cancer research programs are invited to submit one application per institution. DCI Members only, please.

Duke Internal Deadline: March 13, 2019

Letter of intent (LOI) April 1, 2019
Invitations for Full Application April 22, 2019
Full application June 1, 2019
Funding decision July 1, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

DCI Members only.



Amount Description

The SWCRF research grants will be two-year grants for up to $200,000 ($100,000 per year, which may include up to 10% for overhead).

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

Internal Nomination

The DCI is invited to submit one nominee, therefore we will be conducting an internal review of applications. The following items are required and will be reviewed by the DCI’s Scientific Review Committee.

1. Applicant’s NIH Biosketch

2. Two (2) page project summary using the  template

3. Budget and budget justification

Applications for internal review are due to Erin Carr erin.carr@duke.edu no later than 5:00pm Wednesday, March 13th  (please send your application in one PDF).  Selected nominees will be notified by Monday, March 25th.  The sponsor deadline for the letter of intent from the selected nominee is April 1st.

Internal Deadline

March 13, 2019

External Deadline

April 1, 2019