Funding Agency:
American Association for Cancer Research

The AACR Career Development Award to Further Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Clinical Cancer Research has been established to support the development and diversity of highly talented cancer researchers from underrepresented groups (as per NIH guidelines) in the field of clinical cancer research.  Eligibility is limited to members of racial or ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the cancer related sciences.

These groups include, but are not limited to, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. Selection is competitive and will be based on outstanding accomplishments in clinical activity and laboratory-based research.

This Award encourages and supports early-stage clinical faculty with clinical and research responsibilities. The proposed project should be related to the applicant’s clinical activities, must directly involve patients or utilize patient samples, and may be in translational or clinical research with direct applicability and relevance to the understanding, detection, diagnosis, interception, treatment, or prevention of cancer.

The grant provides $375,000 over three years for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient, any collaborators, 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.

Deadline: Nov. 30, 2021

Agency Website

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. Applicants must have clinical and research responsibilities.

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2022, applicants must:

  • Hold an independent faculty appointment at the rank of assistant professor level or equivalent. Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are eligible. Applicants who have progressed to associate professor appointments are not eligible.

    • If eligibility is based on a future position, the position must be confirmed at the time of application submission and CANNOT be contingent upon receiving this grant.
    • If the future position is at a different institution that the applicant’s current institution, the applicant must contact the AACR’s Scientific Review and Grants Administration Department (the AACR’s SRGA) at grants@aacr.org before submitting their application for information on additional verification materials/signatures that may be required.
  • Have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted.
  • 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 independent laboratory space and ability to hold independent funding as confirmed by their institution.
  • Work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.



Funding Type



African American
Junior Faculty
Native American
Women of Color


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 30, 2021