Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/3/2024

Grants and Fellowships

For over 35 years, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has been funding research grants and fellowships that demonstrate potential for impact on cancer prevention and early detection.

The goal of the Research Grants and Fellowships program is to identify and to provide funding for innovative projects with the potential to make substantial contributions to cancer prevention and early detection.

To advance the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s bold goal to reduce cancer deaths by 40% by 2035, the Foundation is proud to support research projects dedicated to increasing cancer prevention and early detection.

The grants and fellowships proposals are peer reviewed by an independent external Scientific Review Panel comprised of researchers and physician-scientists from outstanding cancer research institutions.

Deadline: June 14, 2024

Areas of Interest

Cancer Sites: Research projects will be aimed at reducing the frequency of neoplasms including but not limited to brain, bladder, breast, colon and rectum, endometrium, head and neck, kidney, liver, lung, ovary, pancreas, prostate, skin (including melanoma), stomach as well as HPV-related cancers and hematologic malignancies. 

Primary Research: Reverse or inhibit the carcinogenic process through modifications to diet, tobacco use, physical activity, or alcohol use or to environment including ultraviolet or occupational exposure.  Examples of methodology: behavioral, including the use of social media or texting, or pharmacologic (chemopreventive) or immunologic approaches. 

Secondary Research: Examples of methodology: immunologic, molecular, genetic or imaging (including endoscopic) techniques.    Approaches using innovative technologies, including social media, health trackers or artificial intelligence, to study topics such as how to overcome barriers to screening or to reduce disparities in screening.  

Eligibility Requirements


  • Early career researchers at the instructor or assistant professor level 
  • More senior researchers who have shifted their area of interest toward primary and secondary cancer prevention/early detection 
  • Researchers at any academic level who need seed funding to test an innovative hypothesis 
  • Researchers from non-profit institutions (including academic institutions) are eligible to apply 


  • Awards are limited to postdoctoral level applicants ONLY. Therefore, only graduate students who will have their doctoral degree before the project start date are eligible to apply. 
  • Postdoctoral researchers from non-profit institutions (including academic institutions) are eligible to apply. Researchers from for-profit institutions will not be considered.  
Amount Description

Grants will be awarded for two years at $50,000 per year, for a total of $100,000. Fellowships will be awarded for two years at $50,000 per year, for a total of $100,000.