Funding Agency:
American Association for Cancer Research

The AACR-AstraZeneca Career Development Award for Physician-Scientists, in Honor of José Baselga has been established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. José Baselga, who was a scientific leader and supportive mentor to an entire generation of physician-scientists. Dr. Baselga’s research focused on novel molecular targeted therapeutics and he played a leading role in the clinical development of multiple cancer drugs. The intent of this program is to encourage and support early-career physician-scientists to conduct research and bolster the development of innovative targeted therapeutics.  The proposed projects may be translational or clinical in nature and focused on all aspects of oncology.

The grant provides $300,000 over a period of three years for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient and any collaborator, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, graduate students (including tuition costs associated with graduate students’ education and training), or research assistants; research/laboratory supplies; equipment; publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project; and other research expenses. Indirect costs are not permitted.

Letter of Intent Deadline: December 5, 2023 1:00 PM (ET)

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have a medical degree (MD, MD/PhD, DO, or equivalent) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree.

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2023, applicants must:

  • Hold a faculty position with the title of assistant professor, instructor, research assistant professor, or the equivalent. Applicants who have progressed to associate professor appointments are not eligible.

    • If eligibility is based on a future position, the applicant must contact the AACR’s Scientific Review and Grants Administration (the AACR’s SRGA) at grants@aacr.org before submitting their application for information on additional verification materials/signatures that may be required.
  • Be able to commit at least 50% of full-time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the grant term. Commitments less than 50% may be allowed and will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the AACR’s SRGA.
  • Have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency (or equivalent) - whichever date is later - within the past 11 years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2012; the formal date of receipt of doctoral degree is the date the degree was conferred, as indicated on their diploma and/or transcript).
  • Have independent laboratory space and be able to hold independent funding as confirmed by their institution.
  • Have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted
  • Work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.



Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

December 5, 2023