V Scholar Award

Funding Agency:
V Foundation

The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from laboratory-based fundamental research through bench to bedside research.

The Duke Cancer Institute has been invited by The V Foundation to participate in their 2020 V Foundation Call for V Scholar grant proposals.  This call for applications is specifically for adult cancer research.

The DCI is invited to submit up to two nominees, if at least one of the two nominee applicants identifies as someone from an underrepresented in science minority ethnic group (defined in attached announcement), 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.

  • Two (2) page summary including the following information:

    • Brief statement of applicant’s eligibility, including whether you identify as someone from an underrepresented in science minority ethnic group
    • Title of the proposed research project
    • Brief description of the research proposal
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Applicant’s NIH Biosketch

Applications for internal review are due to Daven Ria (daven.ria@duke.edu) no later than 5:00pm by Wednesday, March 11th (please send your application in one PDF).  Selected nominees will be notified by Wednesday, March 25th.  The nomination form (to be submitted to V Foundation by the DCI) is due April 2, 2020.

This funding opportunity is open to DCI members only.

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Areas of Interest

Special Focus area: Any area of cancer research is eligible.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees must be all of the following:

  • Nominated by their Cancer Center Director or similar high ranking research official.
  • Employed at a non-profit research institution (e.g., 501c3, Section 170).
  • Either a US Citizen or a permanent legal resident in the US. Not applicable to Canadian institutions.
  • Possess at least 2 years post-doctoral (MD or PhD) fellowship training. For MDs, a minimum of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for their specialty.
  • Clinical scientists are eligible if the research institution can demonstrate that it will fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, committed research time, start-up funds).

By the Due Date of the Application, applicants must:

  • Hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at their cancer research institution. Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible.
  • Have been appointed to their first full-time Assistant Professor position within the last 5 years, and not yet been promoted to Associate Professor.

Exclusion: By the due date of the application, nominees must:

  • NOT already hold an RO1 or RO1-equivalent grants as a PI or co-leader.
  • NOT be a co-leader on projects such as SPORE or NIH grant mechanisms like U01, DP1, DP2, R37, and R23.

Note: The V Scholar award is intended to support research to leverage these larger awards; so, the nominee should not have already received such awards.



Amount Description

The total amount of the grant is $200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000. Only direct costs of the research are supported by this award.

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

Internal Deadline

March 11, 2020

External Deadline

April 2, 2020