Young Investigator Awards

Funding Agency:
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

This Award is intended to support the development of outstanding research scientists and clinical cancer research investigators who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the understanding and treatment of bladder cancer and/or upper tract urothelial cancer. Investigators may be working in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, bioengineering or any other field, but must be working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational bladder cancer and/or upper tract urothelial cancer research.

Applications will be judged on the quality of the applicant’s research plan and the resources and environment available to the applicant. This includes the ability of the primary mentor and relevant department to provide appropriate guidance and protected time during the Award period. It is the policy of BCAN not to provide indirect costs to the grant recipient’s institution.

Interested applicants must submit an application by 5:00 PM (EST) on Monday, February 16, 2021.

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Eligibility Requirements

1. At the time of submission, the applicant must be within six years following completion of a professional degree such as MD, PhD, MD-PhD, MPH, or equivalent or clinical training such as residency or fellowship. The applicant may hold the title of Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Instructor, Research Associate, Assistant Professor or equivalent. At the time of the start of the grant, the applicant cannot hold the title of Associate Professor.

2. The project must be specific to bladder cancer and/or upper tract urothelial carcinoma.

3. Applicant must be from a US or Canadian sponsoring academic, nonprofit or governmental institution. Proof of permanent resident status or a valid a work visa is required if the applicant is not an American or Canadian citizen.

4. Applicant must have a mentor within or approved by the sponsoring institution. The mentor must assume responsibility, ensure protected research time and provide guidance for the research. The sponsoring institution must ensure institutional support for the research. Although mentors who have specific knowledge and experience in bladder cancer and/or upper tract urothelial cancer is encouraged, in instances where the mentor lacks experience in these areas, additional collaborator support from experts in the bladder cancer and/or upper tract urothelial cancer fields are strongly advised. The applicant can have collaborators from outside institutions. Applicant must submit a letter of approval from their institution should they wish to have a mentor from an outside institution. 



Amount Description

$50,000 for one year 

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 16, 2021