AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award

Funding Agency:
American Association for Cancer Research

The AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award represents a joint effort to encourage and support tenure-eligible junior faculty. The research proposed for funding must focus on research in cancer etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention and may be basic, translational, or clinical in nature.

The award provides a one-year grant of $75,000 for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, graduate students (including tuition costs), and research assistants; research/laboratory supplies; equipment; travel; publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project; and other research expenses.

The recipient of the 2020 AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award is required to give a presentation of their research in a mini-symposium at the AACR Annual Meeting 2021. (Travel support will be provided, separate from this grant, for the grant recipient to attend the 2021 meeting.)

Deadline: Nov. 21, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including 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 1, 2020, applicants must hold a tenure-eligible appointment (or equivalent, if institution does not follow a tenure system) at the rank of assistant professor; have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past 11 years; and work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

Applicants with a medical degree must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency (or equivalent) - whichever date is later - within the past 11 years.

Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible. Applicants cannot be tenured or under consideration for a tenured academic position at the time of the application. Applicants that have progressed to associate professor appointments are also not eligible.



Funding Type


Duke Awardees

Ann Marie Pendergast (1996)
Signaling by ABL Tyrosine Kinases in Normal and Transformed Cells


Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 21, 2019