Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grant

Funding Agency:
American Association for Cancer Research

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grant represents a joint effort to ensure the future leadership of pancreatic cancer research by supporting outstanding early career investigators beginning in their postdoctoral research positions and continuing through their successful transition to independence. Applicants must hold a full-time, mentored research position, have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past five years, and not already have a full-time faculty position.

The grant provides up to five years of support, for a total of $600,000, consisting of two phases. The initial Mentored Phase is expected to last up to two years, during which time the recipient will receive $75,000 per year while working closely with a mentor(s) to develop a strong research project. During the subsequent three years, the recipient is expected to be in an independent research position and will be funded at $150,000 per year. 

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2017, applicants must: hold a mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or the equivalent; have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 2, 2012); not be a current recipient of a K08 or any other research grant in which the applicant has committed to a percent effort that conflicts with the 75% research time commitment mandated by the Pathway to Leadership Grant; and work under the auspices of a primary mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution within the United States.

Applicants with a medical degree must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency - whichever date is later - within the past five years (time spent in medical specialty or subspecialty training is not considered part of medical residency and will be counted against the five-year window).

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent doctoral degree) in the biomedical sciences or in a field applicable to health science research and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral or professional degree.



Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 15, 2016