Stand Up To Cancer Colorectal Cancer Dream Team Translational Research Grant

Funding Agency:
American Association for Cancer Research

​The Stand Up To Cancer Colorectal Cancer Dream Team Translational Research Grant represents a new, focused effort to implement advances in colorectal cancer research as rapidly as possible through the creation of a collaborative, translational, cancer research "Dream Team." The most talented and promising researchers across institutions will be assembled into a Dream Team, forming an optimal configuration of expertise needed to solve key problems in colorectal cancer and positively impact patients in the near future. This Dream Team will span multiple disciplines and utilize the new tools of modern biology to attack research questions in a coordinated way. Mechanisms to foster collaborations within and among the Dream Teams will be employed – an approach that promotes the sharing of information and a goal-oriented focus on measurable milestones of progress. SU2C believes that this unique Dream Team model will advance scientific research in the interests of both today's cancer patients and those who may develop cancer in the future.

The grant will provide up to $7 million in funding over a 3-year grant term, depending upon project requirements, and will be contingent on the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) finding that the funds are justified and that milestones and objectives have been appropriately selected and are being satisfactorily pursued and achieved.

Deadline for Letter of Intent: Dec. 1, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements


To maximize creativity, innovation, and collaboration, the Dream Team must include laboratory and clinical researchers, senior and/or young investigators, and senior scientists who have not worked together in the past.

Each Team will consist of a Dream Team Leader, a Dream Team Co-leader, no more than four additional Dream Team Principals, and at least two Advocates.

The Dream Team Leader, Co-leader and Principals, collectively referred to as Key Personnel, must have acquired a doctoral or medical degree, and must be independent investigators affiliated with an academic, medical, or research institution. There are no citizenship or residency status restrictions.

The Dream Team Leader and Co-leader are expected to each dedicate at least 20 percent (or 40 percent combined) of their time and effort to the Dream Team research project. Dream Team Principals must each dedicate at least 10 percent of their time and effort to the Dream Team research project.

No Dream Team will have more than one Key Personnel (Dream Team Leader, Co-leader, or Principal) from any given institution at the time of their initial appointment on the Team. No more than two Key Personnel may be from affiliated institutions. It is expected that additional Investigators from the Dream Team Leader's, Co-leader's or Principals' institutions may be involved in the Dream Team research project in some other capacity, and there is no limit to the number of Investigators from each of these institutions that may contribute to the Dream Team project.



Funding Type





Medical - Translational

External Deadline

December 1, 2016