February 10, 2015

Medical Center-Only LSO: 2015 V Scholar Grant for Cancer Research-- V Foundation for Cancer Research (revised)

The V Scholar Award supports young tenure-track faculty to begin their cancer research career in projects that are either laboratory-based fundamental research or translational research. The total amount of the grant is $200,000 awarded in two annual installments of $100,000, each. Vanderbilt may nominate two applicants for the V Scholar program, if at least one of the V Scholar applicants is from an under-represented ethnic group in the sciences (African American or Hispanic).

Applicant Eligibility: All nominated applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to submit an application:

• Must have at least two years post-doctoral (M.D. or Ph.D.) fellowship training. For M.D.s, a minimum of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for the specialty.
• By the Due Date of the Application, applicants must have all the following:
o hold a tenure-track faculty position at their cancer research institution. Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible for this grant competition.
o Have been appointed to their first full-time assistant professor faculty position within the last 5 years, and not yet been promoted to associate professor.
• As of the Due Date of the Application, Applicant must NOT have received or been notified that they will receive a RO1 or RO1-equivalent grants. RO1-equivalent grants include research projects that are part of a PO1 program project, p50 center grant or U01 cooperative agreement, and DP1, DP2, R37, R23, and R29 grants.
• Applicants must be either US Citizens or have legal status to work in the US.

Research Focus Area: As in previous years, any cancer research area is permitted. However, research on cancers that are more prevalent or aggressive in specific ethnic populations (e.g. African Americans, Hispanic) is encouraged, but not required. Cancers in which ethnic and racial disparities have previously been shown include: lung and bronchus, colon and rectum, breast, prostate, uterine, cervix, stomach and liver. STUART SCOTT MEMORIAL FUND V SCHOLAR AWARD: Among their highly ranked finalists for the 2015 V Scholar program, the V Foundation will designate at least one of the highest ranked applications from African American or Hispanic applicants as the recipient of a 2015 Stuart Scott Memorial Fund V Scholar Award.
Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2015:

1. Brief (two page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
2. Brief statement of support (in email format) from department chair/center director;
3. A brief CV or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominee. The chosen nominee will submit a full proposal via the on-line portal to the Foundation by the April 1, 2015 deadline.

If you have any questions about the Foundation or its interests and priorities, please contact, Janey Wang (janey.wang@vanderbilt.edu), Program Manager, Office of Research (615-322-0522).