V Scholar Cancer Research Grant Program - 2019
Please note, only ONE application from each BWH department (and ONE application from each division within the Department of Medicine) may be submitted for this limited submission, invitational funding opportunity. Please seek approval from you department chair or division chief before submiting your application.
 
 
PURPOSE OF AWARD:
 
The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from 
laboratory- based fundamental research through bench to bedside research. The total amount of the  grant is $200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000.  Only direct costs of the research are supported by this award; however, BWH will provide funds to meet the Partners 15% IDC minimum.
 
 
SPECIAL FOCUS AREA
 
ANY area of adult cancer research.  This call for applications is specifically for adult cancer research.
 
 
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:
 
Nominees must be all of the following:
  • Either a US Citizen or a permanent legal resident in the US.
  • Possess at least 2 years post-doctoral (MD or PhD) fellowship training.  For MDs, a minimum of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for their specialty.
  • Clinical scientists are eligible if the research institution can demonstrate that it will fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, committed research time, start-up funds).\

By the Due Date of the Application, applicants must:

  • Hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at their cancer research institution.  Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible.
  • Have been appointed to their first full-time Assistant Professor position within the last 5 years, and not yet been promoted to Associate Professor.
Exclusion:  By the due date of the application, nominees must:
  • NOT already hold an RO1 or RO1-equivalent grants as a PI or co-leader.
  • NOT be a co-leader on projects such as SPORE or NIH grant mechanisms like U01, DP1, DP2, R37, and R23.

Note:  The V Scholar award is intended to support research to leverage these larger awards; so, the nominee should not have already received such awards.

 
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The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from 
laboratory- based fundamental research through bench to bedside research. The total amount of the 
grant is
 
$200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000.  Only direct costs of the research are 
supported by this award.
 
SPECIAL FOCUS AREA:  ANY area of adult cancer research.  This call for applications is specifically 
for adult cancer research.
 
WHO MAY APPLY?
 
•     Each invited institution may submit one nominee to apply for this call.
 
•     As in 2018, we continue to raise funds to support the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research 
Fund.  While not required, we also encourage applications from early investigators from a minority 
ethnic group who is underrepresented in science to be supported by this Fund.  For the purposes of 
this application: African American, Hispanic American (non-European) or Native American and/or an 
Alaskan Native would be included in minority groups eligible for Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer 
research funding.  Among our highly ranked finalists for the 2019 V Scholar Award, we will 
designate at least one of the highest ranked applications from a minority applicant as the 
recipient of a 2019 Stuart Scott Memorial Fund V Scholar Award.
 
INSTITUTION ELIGIBILITY:
 
•     Only research institutions that received this invitation may submit a nominee for 
consideration. Other affiliates of the institution that did not receive the email are not eligible 
to nominate an applicant.  Please do not distribute outside of your institution.
 
•     Institutions must be non-profit research institutions in the US or Canada.
 
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:
 
Inclusion:  Nominees must be all of the following:
 
•     Nominated by their Cancer Center Director or similar high ranking research official.
 
•     Employed at a non-profit research institution (e.g., 501c3, Section 170).
 
•     Either a US Citizen or a permanent legal resident in the US.  Not applicable to Canadian 
institutions.
 
•     Possess at least 2 years post-doctoral (MD or PhD) fellowship training.  For MDs, a minimum 
of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for their specialty.
 
 
•     Clinical scientists are eligible if the research institution can demonstrate that it will 
fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, committed research time, start-up 
funds).
 
•     By the Due Date of the Application, applicants must:
 
o  Hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at their cancer research 
institution.  Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions 
are not eligible.
 
o  Have been appointed to their first full-time Assistant Professor position within the last 5 
years, and not yet been promoted to Associate Professor.
 
Exclusion:  By the due date of the application, nominees must:
 
•     NOT already hold an RO1 or RO1-equivalent grants as a PI or co-leader.
 
•     NOT be a co-leader on projects such as SPORE or NIH grant mechanisms like U01, DP1, DP2, R37, 
and R23.
 
Note:  The V Scholar award is intended to support research to leverage these larger awards; so,
 
the nominee should not have already received such awards.
 
OF AWARD:
 
The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from 
laboratory- based fundamental research through bench to bedside research. The total amount of the 
grant is
 
$200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000.  Only direct costs of the research are 
supported by this award.
 
SPECIAL FOCUS AREA:  ANY area of adult cancer research.  This call for applications is specifically 
for adult cancer research.
 
WHO MAY APPLY?
 
•     Each invited institution may submit one nominee to apply for this call.
 
•     As in 2018, we continue to raise funds to support the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research 
Fund.  While not required, we also encourage applications from early investigators from a minority 
ethnic group who is underrepresented in science to be supported by this Fund.  For the purposes of 
this application: African American, Hispanic American (non-European) or Native American and/or an 
Alaskan Native would be included in minority groups eligible for Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer 
research funding.  Among our highly ranked finalists for the 2019 V Scholar Award, we will 
designate at least one of the highest ranked applications from a minority applicant as the 
recipient of a 2019 Stuart Scott Memorial Fund V Scholar Award.
 
INSTITUTION ELIGIBILITY:
 
•     Only research institutions that received this invitation may submit a nominee for 
consideration. Other affiliates of the institution that did not receive the email are not eligible 
to nominate an applicant.  Please do not distribute outside of your institution.
 
•     Institutions must be non-profit research institutions in the US or Canada.
 
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:
 
Inclusion:  Nominees must be all of the following:
 
•     Nominated by their Cancer Center Director or similar high ranking research official.
 
•     Employed at a non-profit research institution (e.g., 501c3, Section 170).
 
•     Either a US Citizen or a permanent legal resident in the US.  Not applicable to Canadian 
institutions.
 
•     Possess at least 2 years post-doctoral (MD or PhD) fellowship training.  For MDs, a minimum 
of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for their specialty.
 
 
•     Clinical scientists are eligible if the research institution can demonstrate that it will 
fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, committed research time, start-up 
funds).
 
•     By the Due Date of the Application, applicants must:
 
o  Hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at their cancer research 
institution.  Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions 
are not eligible.
 
o  Have been appointed to their first full-time Assistant Professor position within the last 5 
years, and not yet been promoted to Associate Professor.
 
Exclusion:  By the due date of the application, nominees must:
 
•     NOT already hold an RO1 or RO1-equivalent grants as a PI or co-leader.
 
•     NOT be a co-leader on projects such as SPORE or NIH grant mechanisms like U01, DP1, DP2, R37, 
and R23.
 
Note:  The V Scholar award is intended to support research to leverage these larger awards; so,
 
the nominee should not have already received such awards.
 
PURPOSE OF AWARD:
The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from laboratory-based fundamental research through bench to bedside research. The total amount of the grant is $200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000. Only direct costs of the research are supported by this award.
SPECIAL FOCUS AREA: ANY area of adult cancer research. This call for applications is specifically for adult cancer research.
WHO MAY APPLY?
 Each invited institution may submit one nominee to apply for this call.
 As in 2018, we continue to raise funds to support the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. While not required, we also encourage applications from early investigators from a minority ethnic group who is underrepresented in science to be supported by this Fund. For the purposes of this application: African American, Hispanic American (non-European) or Native American and/or an Alaskan Native would be included in minority groups eligible for Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer research funding. Among our highly ranked finalists for the 2019 V Scholar Award, we will designate at least one of the highest ranked applications from a minority applicant as the recipient of a 2019 Stuart Scott Memorial Fund V Scholar Award.
INSTITUTION ELIGIBILITY:
 Only research institutions that received this invitation may submit a nominee for consideration. Other affiliates of the institution that did not receive the email are not eligible to nominate an applicant. Please do not distribute outside of your institution.
 Institutions must be non-profit research institutions in the US or Canada.
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:
Inclusion: Nominees must be all of the following:
 Nominated by their Cancer Center Director or similar high ranking research official.
 Employed at a non-profit research institution (e.g., 501c3, Section 170).
 Either a US Citizen or a permanent legal resident in the US. Not applicable to Canadian institutions.
 Possess at least 2 years post-doctoral (MD or PhD) fellowship training. For MDs, a minimum of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for their specialty.
 Clinical scientists are eligible if the research institution can demonstrate that it will fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, committed research time, start-up funds).
 By the Due Date of the Application, applicants must:
o Hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at their cancer research institution. Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible.
o Have been appointed to their first full-time Assistant Professor position within the last 5 years, and not yet been promoted to Associate Professor.
Exclusion: By the due date of the application, nominees must:
 NOT already hold an RO1 or RO1-equivalent grants as a PI or co-leader.
 NOT be a co-leader on projects such as SPORE or NIH grant mechanisms like U01, DP1, DP2, R37, and R23.
Note: The V Scholar award is intended to support research to leverage these larger awards; so, the nominee should not have already received such awards.PURPOSE OF AWARD:
The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from laboratory-based fundamental research through bench to bedside research. The total amount of the grant is $200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000. Only direct costs of the research are supported by this award.
SPECIAL FOCUS AREA: ANY area of adult cancer research. This call for applications is specifically for adult cancer research.
WHO MAY APPLY?
 Each invited institution may submit one nominee to apply for this call.
 As in 2018, we continue to raise funds to support the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. While not required, we also encourage applications from early investigators from a minority ethnic group who is underrepresented in science to be supported by this Fund. For the purposes of this application: African American, Hispanic American (non-European) or Native American and/or an Alaskan Native would be included in minority groups eligible for Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer research funding. Among our highly ranked finalists for the 2019 V Scholar Award, we will designate at least one of the highest ranked applications from a minority applicant as the recipient of a 2019 Stuart Scott Memorial Fund V Scholar Award.
INSTITUTION ELIGIBILITY:
 Only research institutions that received this invitation may submit a nominee for consideration. Other affiliates of the institution that did not receive the email are not eligible to nominate an applicant. Please do not distribute outside of your institution.
 Institutions must be non-profit research institutions in the US or Canada.
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:
Inclusion: Nominees must be all of the following:
 Nominated by their Cancer Center Director or similar high ranking research official.
 Employed at a non-profit research institution (e.g., 501c3, Section 170).
 Either a US Citizen or a permanent legal resident in the US. Not applicable to Canadian institutions.
 Possess at least 2 years post-doctoral (MD or PhD) fellowship training. For MDs, a minimum of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for their specialty.
 Clinical scientists are eligible if the research institution can demonstrate that it will fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, committed research time, start-up funds).
 By the Due Date of the Application, applicants must:
o Hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at their cancer research institution. Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible.
o Have been appointed to their first full-time Assistant Professor position within the last 5 years, and not yet been promoted to Associate Professor.
Exclusion: By the due date of the application, nominees must:
 NOT already hold an RO1 or RO1-equivalent grants as a PI or co-leader.
 NOT be a co-leader on projects such as SPORE or NIH grant mechanisms like U01, DP1, DP2, R37, and R23.
Note: The V Scholar award is intended to support research to leverage these larger awards; so, the nominee should not have already received such awards.
PURPOSE OF AWARD:
The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from laboratory-based fundamental research through bench to bedside research. The total amount of the grant is $200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000. Only direct costs of the research are supported by this award.
SPECIAL FOCUS AREA: ANY area of adult cancer research. This call for applications is specifically for adult cancer research.
WHO MAY APPLY?
 Each invited institution may submit one nominee to apply for this call.
 As in 2018, we continue to raise funds to support the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. While not required, we also encourage applications from early investigators from a minority ethnic group who is underrepresented in science to be supported by this Fund. For the purposes of this application: African American, Hispanic American (non-European) or Native American and/or an Alaskan Native would be included in minority groups eligible for Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer research funding. Among our highly ranked finalists for the 2019 V Scholar Award, we will designate at least one of the highest ranked applications from a minority applicant as the recipient of a 2019 Stuart Scott Memorial Fund V Scholar Award.
INSTITUTION ELIGIBILITY:
 Only research institutions that received this invitation may submit a nominee for consideration. Other affiliates of the institution that did not receive the email are not eligible to nominate an applicant. Please do not distribute outside of your institution.
 Institutions must be non-profit research institutions in the US or Canada.
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:
Inclusion: Nominees must be all of the following:
 Nominated by their Cancer Center Director or similar high ranking research official.
 Employed at a non-profit research institution (e.g., 501c3, Section 170).
 Either a US Citizen or a permanent legal resident in the US. Not applicable to Canadian institutions.
 Possess at least 2 years post-doctoral (MD or PhD) fellowship training. For MDs, a minimum of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for their specialty.
 Clinical scientists are eligible if the research institution can demonstrate that it will fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, committed research time, start-up funds).
 By the Due Date of the Application, applicants must:
o Hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at their cancer research institution. Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible.
o Have been appointed to their first full-time Assistant Professor position within the last 5 years, and not yet been promoted to Associate Professor.
Exclusion: By the due date of the application, nominees must:
 NOT already hold an RO1 or RO1-equivalent grants as a PI or co-leader.
 NOT be a co-leader on projects such as SPORE or NIH grant mechanisms like U01, DP1, DP2, R37, and R23.
Note: The V Scholar award is intended to support research to leverage these larger awards; so, the nominee should not have already received such awards.
1.  Applicants must be an assistant professor (possibly instructor, see note below).
 
2.  Applicants must have received an MD or MD/PhD degree(s), completed his/her subspecialty training and be board-eligible.
 
3.  Applicants must be within the first four years of assistant professor appointment (cut-off July 1, 2015).
 
4.  Applicants must apply in conjunction with a mentor who is established in the field of clinical translational cancer research or cancer prevention and epidemiology and can provide critical guidance during the period of the award.
 
5. Applicants must commit 80% time to research.
 
6.  Applicants may not concurrently hold another physician-scientist career development award from a private source. See foundation website for examples. Candidates holding or awarded an R01 at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
 
7.  Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
 
8.  Applicant must hold a valid, active U.S. medical license at the time of application
 
Instructors: The Damon Runyon Foundation indicates that ideally the nominee should be tenure track, but realizes that the level at which tenure track positions begin may vary from institution to institution. The Foundation is most interested in funding young, promising investigators who have recently completed clinical training. For HMS junior faculty, this often describes an Instructor level position. Nevertheless, the Damon Runyon Foundation indicates that although Instructors are eligible to apply, they may be at a competitive disadvantage in the national selection process.


The Foundation defines Clinical Research as:The Clinical Investigator Award program supports early career physician-scientists conducting clinical research. The goal of this innovative program is to support the best young physician scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.
Patient-oriented research: research conducted with human subjects
Epidemiologic and behavioral studies
Outcomes research and health services research
 
NOTE:  Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. This award is designed to support physicians who adhere to "The Handshake Rule," meaning that he/she will meet each patient in his/her research studies
The Clinical Investigator Award program supports early career physician-scientists conducting clinical research. The goal of this innovative program is to support the best young physician scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.
The Foundation defines Clinical Research as:
 
Patient-oriented research: research conducted with human subjects
Epidemiologic and behavioral studies
Outcomes research and health services research
 
NOTE:  Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. This award is designed to support physicians who adhere to "The Handshake Rule," meaning that he/she will meet each patient in his/her research studiesThe Clinical Investigator Award program supports early career physician-scientists conducting clinical research. The goal of this innovative program is to support the best young physician scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.
The Foundation defines Clinical Research as:
 
Patient-oriented research: research conducted with human subjects
Epidemiologic and behavioral studies
Outcomes research and health services research
 
NOTE:  Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. This award is designed to support physicians who adhere to "The Handshake Rule," meaning that he/she will meet each patient in his/her research studies
The Foundation defines Clinical Research as:
 
Patient-oriented research: research conducted with human subjects
Epidemiologic and behavioral studies
Outcomes research and health services research
 
NOTE:  Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. This award is designed to support physicians who adhere to "The Handshake Rule," meaning that he/she will meet each patient in his/her research studies
Applications accepted from 02/01/2019 9AM to 03/18/2019 12PM.