Funding Agency:
American Association for Cancer Research

The AACR-Debbie’s Dream Foundation Career Development Award for Gastric Cancer Research represents a joint effort to encourage and support junior faculty to conduct gastric cancer research and to establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to gastric cancer. Priority will be given to specific areas such as gastric cancer disparities, biomarkers and clinical decision making, implementation studies, and novel therapies. Projects may focus on any form of gastric cancer.

This award provides $200,000 over two years for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient, 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. Indirect costs are not an allowable expenses.

Deadline for Letter of Intent: Jan. 19, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, MD/PhD, 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 2023, applicants must:

  • Hold a faculty position with the title of assistant professor, instructor, research assistant professor, or the equivalent.

    • 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 Letter of Intent for information on additional verification materials/signatures which may be required.
  • Have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past 11 years from the start of the grant term (the formal date of receipt of doctoral degree is the date the degree was conferred, as indicated on their diploma and/or transcript).
    • Applicants with a medical degree must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency - whichever date is later - within the past 11 years from the start of the grant date.
  • Have independent laboratory space as confirmed by their institution.
  • Work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.



Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

January 19, 2023