Translational Research Award

Funding Agency:
V Foundation

The V Foundation seeks to support translational research projects within the scope of adult cancer research. Translational projects should move a novel strategy from the laboratory into a human clinical trial or use specimens from a clinical trial to develop biomarkers or mechanisms. The research should apply in some direct way to human beings within the time frame of less than 3 years. If biomarker research is undertaken, a validation set or independent clinical trial is essential. A plan for biomarker validation, if applicable, must be included in any proposal. The endpoint of the project should be the planning or initiation of a new clinical trial.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: March 25, 2019
  • Nomination Due Date: by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Monday, April 16, 2019.
  • Translational Application Due Date: by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 30, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility: The nominated applicant must be the lead Principal Investigator (PI) on the Translational Award research team. The applicant must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to submit an application:

  • The nominee must be nominated by their Cancer Center Director if the research institution is a cancer center. If the research institution is not a cancer center, then the provost, dean or other senior research administrative official who is responsible for the internal nominee selection process may make the nomination. We do not review unsolicited applications.
  • Applicant must be employed at a non-profit research institution (e.g. 501c3, Section 170).
  • By the Due Date of the Application, the applicant who will lead the research team must have all the following:

o Be a scientist in a tenure-track faculty position at their cancer research institution. Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible for Principal Investigator nomination to lead the Translational Research Team.

o Applicants must be either a US or Canadian Citizen,



Amount Description

The Translational Research Award is a $600,000 grant paid in three annual installments of $200,000. Indirect costs up to 10% are permitted (i.e., over the grant term, a maximum of $60,000 can be utilized for indirect costs leaving $540,000 for direct costs).

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

Internal Nomination

The DCI is invited to submit one nominee, therefore we will be conducting an internal review of applications. The following items are required and will be reviewed by the DCI’s Scientific Review Committee.

  1. Applicant’s NIH Biosketch
  2. Two (2) page summary including the following information:
  • Title of the proposed research project
  • Brief description of the research proposal
  • Brief statement of applicant’s eligibility

        3. Budget and budget justification

Applications for internal review are due to Erin Carr no later than 5:00pm Monday, March 25th  (please send your application in one PDF).  Selected nominees will be notified by Thursday, April 4th


Internal Deadline

March 25, 2019

External Deadline

May 30, 2019