Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is a continuation of an NCI program to enhance the diversity of the pool of the cancer research workforce by recruiting and supporting eligible New Investigators and Early Stage Investigators from diverse backgrounds, including from groups that have been shown to be nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. This NOFO will fund investigators to develop a larger research project grant application.

Application Due Date(s): June 18, 2024; Nov 19, 2024; June 17, 2025; Nov 18, 2025; June 15, 2026; Nov 17, 2026

PAR-24-039 Expiration Date: November 18, 2026

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements




    Amount Description

    The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year

    Funding Type



    African American
    Junior Faculty
    Minorities encouraged
    Native American
    Women and minorities encouraged
    Women of Color


    Medical - Basic Science
    Medical - Clinical Science
    Medical - Translational
    Social Sciences

    External Deadline

    June 18, 2024