Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs -- Ovarian Cancer Research Program -- Ovarian Cancer Academy Dean and Assistant Dean (Leadership) Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The OCRP Ovarian Cancer Academy Award mechanism, which was initially created in FY09, is a unique, interactive virtual academy providing intensive mentoring, national networking, collaborations, and a peer group for junior faculty. The overarching goal of the Ovarian Cancer Academy (OCA) is to develop successful, highly productive ovarian cancer researchers in a collaborative research and career development environment.  

The OCA is a virtual career development and research training platform that currently consists of 13 Early-Career Investigator (ECI)/Designated Mentor pairs from different institutions, and one Academy Dean and one Assistant Dean. Three ECIs will be graduating in the fall of FY19 and three FY18 OCA-ECI/Designated Mentor awards will be made by September 2019. In addition, eight have Academy graduates continue to participate in the annual Academy meetings. Information about the Academy is available in the FY17 Ovarian Cancer Program Booklet at The Academy Dean and Assistant Dean catalyze the growth and professional development of the ECIs in collaboration with their Designated Mentors, assess the progress of the ECIs, and facilitate communication and collaboration among all of the Academy members.

This FY19 Funding Opportunity is soliciting applications for an Academy Dean and Assistant Dean to lead the OCA for an anticipated start date in first quarter of FY20 – exact date to be determined. The Academy Dean and Assistant Dean (referred to as Academy Leadership) must be established ovarian cancer researchers, and can be at different institutions. Designated Mentors on FY19 Ovarian Cancer Academy – Early-Career Investigator Award applications and current Designated Mentors of Ovarian Cancer Academy –Early-Career Investigators (with the exception of those graduating in 2019) are not eligible to apply for this award. The Academy Leadership must demonstrate a strong record of mentoring and training junior investigators, a commitment to leadership, and the ability to objectively assess the progress of all of the ECIs in the OCA. 

• Pre-Application Deadline: April 30, 2019
• Invitation to Submit an Application:  June 2019
• Application Submission Deadline: July 31, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Academy Dean and Assistant Dean: • Must be an independent, established ovarian cancer researcher. • Must have ovarian cancer research funding (past and present). • Must have a record of ovarian cancer publications in peer-reviewed journals. 



Amount Description

The CDMRP expects to allot approximately $2.8M to fund approximately one Ovarian Cancer Academy Dean and Assistant Dean (Leadership) Award application. Funding of applications received is contingent upon the availability of Federal funds for this program as well as the number of applications received, the quality and merit of the applications as evaluated by scientific and programmatic review, and the requirements of the Government. Funds to be obligated on any award resulting from this funding opportunity will be available for use for a limited time period based on the fiscal year of the funds. It is anticipated that awards made from this FY19 funding opportunity will be funded with FY19 and FY23 funds, which will expire for use on September 30, 2025 and September 30, 2029, respectively.

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

April 30, 2019