Together, they focus on a shared goal:

Creating a world without cancer.


Funding Opportunities:
External Funding Opportunities

National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute


Funding Opportunity


NIH Funding Opportunities


NIH Oncology Co-Clinical Imaging Research Resources to Encourage Consensus on Quantitative Imaging Methods and Precision Medicine (U24) 

November 19, 2018

NIH Novel Mechanism Research on Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (NPS) in Alzheimer's Dementia  The goal of this FOA is to encourage applications for studies that will enhance knowledge of mechanisms associated with neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) in persons with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or Alzheimer's disease-related dementias (ADRD). The findings from such research are expected to advance mechanistic understanding of both biobehavioral and neurobiological pathways leading to NPS, and may provide insight into novel targets for interventions that might alleviate some burden associated with these symptoms or suggest strategies for prevention of the development of NPS as related to AD or ADRD.



November 19, 2018

NIH Discovery of Biomarkers, Biomarker Signatures, and Endpoints for Pain (R61/R33)   

November 27, 2018

NIH Discovery and Validation of Novel Targets for Safe and Effective Pain Treatment  The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote the discovery and validation of novel therapeutic targets to facilitate the development of pain therapeutics.  Specifically, the focus of this FOA is on the basic science discovery of targets in the peripheral nervous system, central nervous system, immune system or other tissues in the body that can be used to develop treatments that have minimal side effects and little to no abuse/addiction liability.



November 27, 2018

NIH Pediatric Immunotherapy Discovery and Development Network (PI-DDN)

        U01  Deadline: December 17

        U54Deadline: December 17

December 17, 2018

NIH Optimization of Non-addictive Therapies [Small Molecules and Biologics] to Treat Pain (UG3/UH3) 

January 4, 2019

NIH Improving Smoking Cessation Interventions among People Living with HIV 




January 8, 2019

NIH Approaches to Identify and Care for Individuals with Inherited Cancer Syndromes (U01) 

January 9, 2019

NIH-NCI Research Specialist (Laboratory-based Scientist) Award (R50) 

January 11, 2019

NIH-NCI Research Specialist (Core-based Scientist) Award (R50) 

January 11, 2019

NIH Utilizing the PLCO Biospecimens Resource to Bridge Gaps in Cancer Etiology and Early Detection Research (U01) 

February 11, 2019

NIH Immuno-Oncology Translational Network (IOTN)  These FOAs are associated with the Beau Biden Cancer MoonshotSM Initiative that is intended to accelerate cancer research. 



NIH Applying a Biopsychosocial Perspective to Self-Management of Chronic PainThe purpose of the Funding Opportunity announcement is to encourage grant applications from the scientific community on applying a biopsychosocial perspective to self-management of chronic pain. Interdisciplinary collaborations that include nurse scientists in the project team are strongly encouraged.

R01  Deadline:  February 5

R21  Deadline:  February 16



NIH Biobehavioral Basis of Chronic Pain  The purpose of the Funding Opportunity Announcement is to encourage grant applications from the scientific community on the biobehavioral basis of chronic pain.  The focus encompasses the individual phenotype, genotype, and other omic-type assessments and the associated sensory and emotional components that underpin the individual’s chronic pain experience. Research relating biology and behavior is needed to better define the individual-specific burden of chronic pain and to better understand the mechanisms underlying differences in pain experiences among individuals afflicted with the same chronic illness.

R01  Deadline:  February 5

R21  Deadline:  February 16



NIH Mechanisms of Disparities in Etiology and Outcomes of Lung Cancer in the U.S.: The Role of Risk and Protective Factors  This initiative will support exploratory and developmental multidisciplinary research to understand the underlying causal factors and mechanisms that result in lung cancer disparities in U.S. health disparity populations.

R01  Deadline:  March 4

R21  Deadline:  March 4


March 4, 2018

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Diversity Program Consortium Dissemination and Translation Awards (U01)

July 1, 2020

NIH Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby notify Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s)) holding specific types of NIH research grants listed in the full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that funds may be available for administrative supplements to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award, but were unforeseen when the new or renewal application or grant progress report for non-competing continuation support was submitted. 


Varies by awarding IC





Funding Opportunity


NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2019 (EFRI-2019)  This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research.  NSF will consider proposals under two research areas:  1) Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE), and 2) Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo).  EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. 


Deadlines:  November 29 – LOI;


January 7 – Preliminary proposal;


April 25 – Full proposal

Global Grants for Gut Health—co-sponsored by Nature Research and Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd.

*Application details attached as PDF to this email

Application deadline: November 30, 2018

Amount: up to $100,000 over one year

Applicant restrictions: Applicants must have at least five years’ postdoctoral research experience.

Description: The Global Grants for Gut Health is a competitive programme for investigator-initiated research into the human gut microbiota, supported by Yakult and Nature Research.  The Global Grants for Gut Health will consider proposals one-year for research projects – whether laboratory investigations or clinical studies – that advance understanding of the impact of the gut microbiota on human health.



November 30, 2018

Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research  The Pancreatic Cancer Collective (PCC) invites applications for the Pancreatic Cancer Collective – Computational Approaches to Identifying High Risk Pancreatic Cancer Populations Grant. The Team(s) will develop tools to identify individuals in the general population who are at high risk for pancreatic cancer far earlier than they would otherwise be diagnosed, using information from existing dataset(s) (such as the OptumLabs Data Warehouse*, UK Biobank*, Danish National Patient Registry*, and/or other comparable datasets). 

December 14, 2018

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is excited to open two grant opportunities to further your pancreatic cancer research. The 2019 Catalyst Grant, to encourage and support junior faculty to conduct pancreatic cancer research and establish successful career paths in the field, and the 2019 Translational Research Grant, designed to support translational research of novel targets and approaches to the treatment of pancreatic cancer, are now accepting applications.


2019 Catalyst Grant

Application deadline: December 7, 2018


2019 Translational Research Grant

Application deadline: December 21, 2018



Brain Research Foundation--Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

*RFP attached as PDF to this email

Application deadline: January 8, 2019

Amount: up to $80,000 over two years

Limitations: U.S. institutions may only nominate one faculty member to submit an LOI

Description: The purpose of the Program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.  The objective of the program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions.  BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.  The area of studies is brain function.  This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease.


Previous recipients:


January 8, 2019

Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards

*RFP with detailed information attached to this email

Application deadline: February 6, 2019

Amount: $500,000 over 5 years

Description: This initiative is designed to provide financial support to stimulate research efforts in innovative regulatory science.  The program's focus is on providing support for academic researchers developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions FDA and others make.  This would necessarily draw upon the talents of individuals trained in mathematics, computer science, applied physics, medicine, engineering, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and systems pharmacology, to name a few.


Previous recipients:


February 6, 2019

Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience

Application deadline: February 15, 2019

Amount: $225,000 over 3 years

Applicant restrictions: The candidate must be within 4 years of completing postdoctoral training and the start of his/her tenure track or equivalent appointment (between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2019).

Description: The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience supports, in the early stages of their careers, young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders.  The Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation recognize that to accomplish this goal it is necessary to encourage a variety of new approaches. Several areas within the neurosciences are of particular interest:

Cellular and molecular neuroscience—Studies of the mechanisms of neuronal excitability and development, and of the genetic basis of behavior.

Neural systems—Studies of the integrative function of the nervous system.

Translational research—Studies designed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and our understanding of the causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders.


Previous recipients:


February 15, 2019

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation’s 2019 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences  The Dreyfus Prize, awarded biennially, recognizes an individual for exceptional and original research in a selected area of chemistry that has advanced the field in a major way. The prize consists of a monetary award of $250,000, a medal, and a certificate.  This year’s theme is Chemistry in Support of Human Health.  Any person may nominate a candidate for the Dreyfus Prize. Self-nominations are not accepted. 


February 28, 2019

NSF Biophotonics 

On-going through August 15, 2019

NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB)  


NSF Big Ideas updates


DOD-CDMRP Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)  

Deadlines vary by program area

DOD-CDMRP Lung Cancer


DOD-CDMRP Prostate Cancer 


DOD-CDMRP Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program


DOD-CDMRP Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program  The program includes several mechanisms including:  Discovery Award; Focused Program Award; Investigator-Initiated Research Award, and Technology/Therapeutic Development Award. 


The AACR is currently accepting applications for the following opportunities:

Grants for mentored researchers in the areas of lung, ovarian, pediatric, and breast cancer research, lymphoma, myeloma, and all areas of clinical and translational cancer research

A grant for tenure-eligible junior faculty focused on any area of cancer research

A grant for established investigators in the field of neuroendocrine tumor research

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