December 13, 2011

Limited submission funding opportunity: Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation clinical investigator award

Vanderbilt may nominate three candidates for the 2012 Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award. This three-year, $450,000 award supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research. In addition, the foundation will retire up to $100,000 of medical school debt owed by the awardee.

Preference will be given to research that adheres to the "handshake rule," meaning that the physician will conduct research studies that directly involve patients.

Patient-Oriented Research shall be defined as:

• Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes patient‐based studies of mechanisms of human disease, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, clinical trials and development of new technologies for the detection, treatment and prevention of human cancers.

• Epidemiologic and behavioral studies.

• Outcomes research and health services research.

(Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that use human tissues but do not deal directly with patients.)


• Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

• Have an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D., be board eligible and hold or be in the process of securing a tenure-track position.

• Apply within the first four years of assistant professorship (cutoff July 1, 2008).

• Commit to spending 80 percent of their time conducting research.

• Apply in conjunction with a mentor who is established in the field of clinical translational cancer research, cancer prevention and/or epidemiology.

• May not hold an R01 or physician-scientist career development award from a private source (non-federal government). Physician-scientist career development awards from the federal government including the NIH, DoD and VA are allowed.

In order to be selected as a nominee for Vanderbilt University, please send the following preliminary proposal, in PDF format, to John BuAbbud by noon, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012:

• Letter of nomination from candidate’s department chair or center director, addressed to the Vanderbilt Awards Committee, c/o John BuAbbud.

• Signed statement of support from the candidate’s mentor indicating a willingness to provide critical guidance during the period of the award, and to provide a letter of support and proposal for training, should the candidate be selected as one of Vanderbilt’s nominees.

• Description of the proposed research – include specific aims, research methods, and research significance (not to exceed five pages, excluding references).

• Candidate’s CV or NIH biosketch (two-four pages).

• List of all current and pending awards and proposals.

Each applicant submitting a proposal by the Jan. 4, 2012, deadline will receive a confirmation email for the receipt of their application.

Applications received after this date will not be considered. All proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominees. Once the decision has been made, applicants will be notified by email of their status and the chosen nominees will submit proposals to the foundation by Feb. 15, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Brady, Ph.D., associate director of Foundation Relations.

This notice will also be posted on FIND Grants (Foundation INitiatives Database) under the Limited Submissions Opportunities tab.