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Emerging Leader Award

Grants to USA Scientists and
Doctors for Cancer Research

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The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

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Deadline Date:

07/26/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA scientists and doctors working in nonprofit academic institutions for cancer research projects. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support innovative projects related to cancer research.

The Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Awards support innovative research from the next generation of leaders in cancer research. These grants are awarded to outstanding early career investigators to support high-impact, high-risk projects that are distinct from their current research portfolio.

Projects for this award must be centered on evidence-based laboratory, data, and/or medical science.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189744

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant amount is $250,000 per year for three (3) years totaling $750,000.

Term of Contract:

In Year 3, at The Mark Foundation’s discretion, select Awardees may be invited to apply for up to two (2) years of additional funding depending on project progress. Award start date will be January 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- MD, PhD, or equivalent is required.
- Applicants need not be U.S. citizens but must be employed by a U.S. non-profit academic institution.
- Applicants must be three to nine years from the start of an independent faculty research appointment as of December 31, 2021 (i.e., the official start date of the appointment must fall within the calendar years 2012-2018). Exceptions due to prolonged medical or family leave will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Note that the Foundation has extended eligibility to nine years from the start of an independent faculty research appointment from the usual eight years to allow for applicants who may have been in their final year of eligibility in 2020 and did not apply due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- This award is not intended to be the main source of funding for the applicant’s laboratory. Applicants must demonstrate multi-year independent funding that sustains the central activities of the laboratory (e.g., at least one or two grants such as NIH/R01, NSF/CAREER, or equivalently substantial multi-year awards). Individual eligibility will be determined during the review process.
- Proposed projects must not be supported by other sources of funding. Finalists will be asked to discuss any potential overlap with other current or pending awards during the interview.
- Only one submission per applicant is permitted.
- If selected, finalists must be available for virtual interviews the week of October 10, 2021.
- The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other legally protected characteristics.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent will be accepted through the online portal beginning March 24 and must be received no later than 5 PM Eastern Time on Monday, May 3, 2021.

After the Letters of Intent have been evaluated, full applications will be accepted by invitation only.

Key Dates:
- March 24, 2021: Letter of Intent Portal Opens
- May 3, 2021: Letters of Intent Due by 5pm ET
- Week of June 13: Applications Invited
- July 26, 2021: Applications Due by 5pm ET
- Week of October 3: Finalists Notified
- Week of October 10: Virtual Interviews of Finalists
- Week of October 17: Selection of Awardees
- December 10, 2021: Signed Agreements Due
- January 1, 2022: Grant Start Date

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

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