Emerging Leader Awards

Funding Agency:
Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research funds groundbreaking research integrating discoveries in biology with innovative technology to deliver breakthroughs to patients. The Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Awards provide grant support to early career investigators conducting highimpact, high-risk cancer research. This award is intended to support projects for which other sources of funding are not readily available or for a separate innovative endeavor that will enhance the Principal Investigator’s current research portfolio.

Deadline for Letter of Intent: June 4, 2018

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Eligibility Requirements

• Principal Investigator must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent

• Principal Investigator must be three to eight years from the start of their independent research appointment by December 31, 2018 (i.e., PI must have been appointed in 2015 or earlier, but no earlier than 2010).

• Institutional nomination is not required.

• More than one application per institution may be submitted.

• The Mark Foundation expects that candidates will have a demonstrated ability to obtain independent funding for their lab (e.g., one or two grants such as NIH/R01, NSF/CAREER, or equivalent multi-year awards).

• Applicants need not be U.S. citizens but must be employed by a U.S. non-profit academic institution. Citizens from countries other than the U.S. must have the appropriate visa or permanent resident status for such employment.

• Applicants must be available to travel to New York City for final-round in-person interviews on Friday, October 26, 2018.

• The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other legally protected characteristics.



Amount Description

TERMS OF AWARD • $250,000 per year for three (3) years totaling $750,000 • Indirect costs not to exceed 10% of total grant amount • In Year 3, at The Mark Foundation’s discretion, awardees may be invited to apply for up to two (2) years of additional funding depending on project progress. All such requests will be reviewed by The Mark Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee. • Award start date may be as early as December 15, 2018 but no later than March 15, 2019.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


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

External Deadline

June 4, 2018