Career Development Award

Funding Agency:
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's (PanCAN) competitive Grants Program funds promising and meritorious research on pancreatic cancer. The organization’s grantmaking strategy recognizes the need to maintain a pipeline of researchers dedicated to studying pancreatic cancer and acknowledges an urgency to accelerate scientific and medical breakthroughs that benefit patients. Early career grants are awarded to attract researchers to the field of pancreatic cancer, and translational and clinical grants support research that is well positioned for next steps and has the potential to drive improvements in clinical practice and patient outcomes.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Career Development Award represents an effort to encourage and support junior faculty to conduct pancreatic cancer research and establish successful career paths in this field. The grants provide $250,000 over two years for junior investigators that have yet to secure their first major research funding. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to pancreatic cancer. Special consideration will be given to understudied areas in pancreatic cancer research, minority researchers, and research focused on cancer health disparities.

Deadline: Oct. 25, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD or equivalent) in the biomedical sciences or in a field applicable to health science research and may not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree.

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2022, applicants must: • Hold a faculty position with the title of assistant professor, instructor, research assistant professor or the equivalent. • Applicants that 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 and cannot be contingent upon receiving this grant. • If the future position is at a different institution than the applicant’s current institution, the applicant must contact PanCAN’s Research Grants Department at before submitting their application for information on additional verification materials/signatures that may be required.

• Have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past 11 years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 2, 2011; 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 (time spent in medical specialty or subspecialty training is not considered part of medical residency and will be counted within the 11-year window). • An exception to the 11-year window may be granted for parental leave or other well justified leave from research for pressing personal or family situations of generally less than 12 months duration. Applicants whose experience exceeds the maximum of 11 years but who believe they are eligible (e.g., maternity/ family leave) must contact PanCAN’s Research Grants Department at before submitting their application to verify their eligibility.

• Have independent laboratory space as confirmed by their institution in the Letter of Institutional Support. • Work at an academic, medical or research institution within the United States; there are no citizenship requirements. However, by submitting an application, an applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident assures that their visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term within the United States. • Not have currently or previously served as a principal investigator on major research awards or grants (e.g., NIH R00, NIH R01 or equivalent). Applicants who are/were principal investigators on major g



Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 25, 2021