The Young Investigator Award (YIA) provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology. The purpose of this grant is to fund physicians during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment.
The Young Investigator Award is a one-year grant totaling $50,000 to pay for personnel and/or research expenses, and travel to attend the Conquer Cancer Grants and Awards Ceremony at the ASCO Annual Meeting. The number of YIA grants in each funding cycle is not predetermined by Conquer Cancer. Awards are given based on individual merit and availability of funds.
Conquer Cancer has dedicated funding in several areas for 2020 including but not limited to: brain cancer, breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, health disparities, immunothereapy, kidney cancer, lung cancer, practice management/information technology, pediatric cancer, and sarcoma. Dedicated funding is also available for female researchers, and researchers from Florida and underrepresented populations. Conquer Cancer also encourages applications in other areas.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Young Investigator Award:
- Be a physician (MD, DO, or international equivalent) working in any country and currently in the last two years of his/her final subspecialty training at an academic medical institution and within 10 years of obtaining his/her medical degree at the time of grant submission. Examples of subspecialty training include, but are not limited to, a hematology-oncology fellowship, a surgical oncology fellowship, or a radiation oncology residency. An MD, PhD is eligible if both degrees are completed prior to the start of the grant period.
- Be planning an investigative career in clinical oncology.
- Have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted at the time of application.
- An institutional commitment for a faculty appointment at the time of grant submission is not required, but the applicant should be working in an oncology laboratory or clinical research setting.
- Have a mentor in the proposed research field from the sponsoring institution. The mentor must assume responsibility and provide guidance for the research. If the mentor is not an ASCO member, a supporting letter from an ASCO member from the sponsoring institution must be included.
- Be an ASCO member or have submitted a membership application with the grant application. To apply for new membership, or to renew an existing membership, go to http://www.asco.org/membership.
- Be able to commit at least 60% of full- time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the award period.
- Eligible physicians are allowed to hold only one grant from Conquer Cancer at a time.
All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions of the Young Investigator Award Request for Proposals (RFP). All application materials must be in English and must be submitted through the Grants Portal. Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted.
The Young Investigator Award was first awarded in 1984. To date, Conquer Cancer has funded 1,167 promising investigators across the globe totaling more than $50 million.
2018 Young Investigator Award Recipients
The 2018 Young Investigator Awards are supported by:
ASCO Clinical Practice Committee and State Affiliate Council
Conquer Cancer Foundation
Estate of Darla C. Ellis
Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation
The Hayden Family Foundation
Helen L. Kay Charitable Trust
Miodrag Kukrika, MD
Greg Parekh/New Rhein Healthcare, LLC
Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., MD, FASCO, and Susan M. DaSilva, PhD
Aaron and Barbro Sasson
Shawn C. Tomasello
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
This list reflects commitments as of July 15, 2018.
This grant receives support that may result in a report to the CMS Open Payments website under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The supporting companies are required to report the amount of the grant, the names of physicians who are awarded this grant, and the names of their institutions. This information may appear on the Open Payments website. Find out more information about the Sunshine Act and CMS Open Payments program.