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Fellowships to USA Medical Researchers for Cancer Research Projects

Stimulating Therapeutic Advances through Research Training (START) Grant: AACR-Lung Cancer Initiative at Johnson & Johnson


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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/21/23 1:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA early-career medical researchers for research projects to improve cancer treatments. Funding is intended for clinical and translational research projects that have direct applications to lung cancer. Applicants must belong to underrepresented groups, including racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in health-related sciences, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Proposals focused on mechanisms linking immunogenic cell death pathways to amplification of innate and adaptive immunity, immunobiology of non-small cell lung cancers, and mechanisms of acquired resistance to immunotherapies are highly encouraged.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree and applicants must belong to one of the following underrepresented groups as per NIH guidelines:
- Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis
- Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
- Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

At the start of the grant term on September 1, 2023, applicants must:
• Hold a full-time, mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or the equivalent. If eligibility is based on a future position, the position must be confirmed at the time of application and cannot be contingent upon receiving this grant.
• Have begun their most recent postdoctoral fellowship within the past three years (i.e., fellowship must have begun after October 1, 2019)
• Work under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution in the United States of America.

There are no citizenship requirements. However, by submitting an application for this grant, the applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident assures that the visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term.

Applicants who believe that they are at the level of postdoctoral or clinical research fellow but hold a different title may be eligible and must contact the AACR’s SRGA before submitting an application.

Applicants must be AACR members. Annual dues are not required for early-career researchers interested in Associate membership. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR membership by the application deadline. Nonmembers can apply for membership online.

Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible. Postdoctoral or clinical research fellows conducting research in a U.S. government laboratory (e.g., NIH,CDC, FDA, etc.) are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Deadline: June 21, 2023 1:00 PM
- Decision Date: August 2023

All applicants with questions about eligibility must contact AACR’s SRGA before submitting an application.

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Term of Contract
Start of Grant Term: September 1, 2023

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