Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant

Funding Agency:
Mary Kay Ash Foundation

The Mary Kay Ash FoundationSM, a funding source for cancer research, is currently accepting applications for innovative grants for translational research of cancers affecting women, including but not limited to breast, cervical, endometrial, ovarian, uterine or cancers predominantly affecting women. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $100,000 over a two-year period.

Grants are by invitation only.
One grant application will be accepted from each accredited cancer research institute or medical school. It is up to each institute to conduct an internal review process to determine their applicant. No exceptions.



  • Duke Internal: Applications due to DCI by Dec. 8, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2024

Eligibility Requirements

- Principal Investigator must be appointed a full-time assistant professor or higher at the time of application submission and commit a minimum 5% effort.



Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Translational

Internal Nomination

To be considered for nomination, the following should be submitted in one PDF to by Dec. 8. 

  • 2 page description of project including the following:

    • Title of proposed project
    • Applicant’s eligibility
    • Project/Performance Site
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Applicant’s NIH biosketch

Internal Deadline

December 8, 2023

External Deadline

February 1, 2024