Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 7/25/2023

Conquer Cancer Foundation -- Career Development Award

The Career Development Award (CDA) provides research funding to clinical investigators, who have received their initial faculty appointment, as they work to establish an independent clinical cancer research program. This is a mentored award and the research project is conducted under the guidance of a scientific mentor. The research must have a patient-oriented focus, including a clinical research study and/or translational research involving human subjects. Proposals with a predominant focus on in vitro or animal studies (even if clinically relevant) are not allowed. Applications in all areas of cancer research are accepted from U.S. and international applicants. 

The CDA is a three-year grant totaling $200,000 that supports personnel and/or research expenses, and travel to attend the Conquer Cancer Grants and Awards Ceremony at the ASCO Annual Meeting. 

Deadline: Oct. 19, 2023


Areas of Interest

For 2023, dedicated funding is available in, but not limited to, the areas and groups listed below. This list will be updated as new funding is confirmed.  

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for a CDA:

  • Be a physician (MD, DO of international equivalent) working in any country.
  • Be in the first to third year of a full-time primary faculty appointment in a clinical department at an academic medical institution at the time of grant submission. Application must be submitted before the applicant has had three full years as faculty. Faculty appointment may begin with the entry-level faculty position within the applicant’s institution (i.e., Instructor/Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Assistant Member).  
  • Have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted at the time of application.
  • Have completed productive postdoctoral research and demonstrated the ability to undertake independent investigator-initiated clinical research.
  • Be an ASCO member or have submitted a membership application with the grant application. Visit ASCO Membership to join/renew online.  
  • Be able to commit at least 50% of full-time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the award period.
  • Have a mentor from the sponsoring institution who must provide a letter of support. If the mentor is not an ASCO Member, a supporting letter from an ASCO Member from the sponsoring institution must be included.
  • Be up-to-date and in compliance with all requirements (e.g., progress reports, final reports, budget summaries, IRB approvals, etc.) of any past grants received from Conquer Cancer. Eligible applicants are allowed to hold only one active grant from Conquer Cancer at a time. 
  • Applicants with concurrent federal career development awards (e.g., K23, K08, or any other type of career development award) and institutional KL2/K12 grants are eligible to apply provided there are no scientific and budgetary overlaps.  
  • Applicants may not concurrently hold other career development awards from private foundations during the CDA-supported project term.
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