Young Investigator Awards

Funding Agency:
Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is pleased to announce a request for applications for Young Investigator Awards. We especially encourage young investigators working on prostate cancer health disparities to apply.

PCF Young Investigator Awards will be three (3) years in duration and will provide $75,000 per year. The award funds may be used innovatively and flexibly to advance the career and research efforts of the awardee. This for example, includes funding “protected time” or direct costs for laboratory science. This award does not support indirect costs such as institutional overhead. Every PCF Young Investigator is required to be under the direct supervision of 1-3 mentors. Young Investigator awardees are required to attend the Annual PCF Scientific Retreat and Young Investigator Day, typically held in October, throughout the duration of their award.

PCF seeks applications from the global biomedical research community. Applicants traditionally under-represented in science and medicine are highly encouraged.  We seek applications from early-career basic scientists, medical oncologists, pathologists, urologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, public health experts, bioinformaticians, bioengineers, or professionals from any other field that could contribute to the end of prostate cancer.  Applicants may be working in basic, translational, computational or clinical research and need not be trained specifically in prostate cancer research to be highly competitive. However, successful applicants should be working in an academic research environment capable of supporting transformational prostate cancer research. Access to and real-time interaction with a clinical environment and translational prostate cancer physician-scientists is highly desired.

Research proposals addressing disparities in care experienced by patients with prostate cancer may focus on implementation research in various populations (e.g. urban vs rural, racial, geographic or financial) or in biological drivers of care and outcome disparities that could potentially be addressed through changes in policy, advocacy or education. Applicants are encouraged to solicit and integrate advice from patients, patient support groups or advocates. Letters of support demonstrating such relationships are recommended.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 25, 2022, 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)


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Eligibility Requirements

•  Applicant  should  be  within six-years  following completion of  a professional  degree (MD,  DO,  PhD,  MD-PhD,  DSc,  ScD, DDM,  DDS,  DMD,  MBBS,  or  equivalent)  or  subsequent  mentored academic  or  clinical  training  program.

•  Applicant  must  hold  the  title  of  Postdoctoral  Fellow,  Instructor,  Research  Associate,  Assistant  Professor  or  equivalent.

•  Applicant must be under the direct supervision of a mentor(s). At least  one  mentor at the  applicant’s institution is  required.

•  The  Applicant  should  not  have  been  granted  commitments  for  more  than  $300,000  in  direct  research  funding  from  all sources  including  institutional  funds  at  the  time  of  this  application.  VA  Career  Development  Awardees  are  excluded  from this  limit.

•  VA Career  Development  Awardees  are  eligible  to  apply  for  this  award  provided  they  have  completed  at  least  3  years  of the Career  Development  Award by  the time of  application submission to  PCF. 



Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

April 25, 2022