January 19, 2016

Medical Center-only Limited Submission Opportunity: 2016 V Scholar Grant for Cancer Research, V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Scholar Grant 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-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) 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 of African descent, Hispanic American, Hispanic or Latino/Latina persons and Native American and/or an Alaskan Native). 

Among highly ranked finalists for the 2016 V Scholar program, the V Foundation will designate at least one of the highest ranked applications from a minority applicant as the recipient of a 2016 Stuart Scott Memorial Fund V Scholar Award.

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:
    • 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. 
    • Have been appointed to their first full-time assistant professor faculty position within the last five years, and not yet been promoted to associate professor.
    • Clinical scientists are eligible if VICC can demonstrate that it will fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, start-up funds, protected research time).
    • Applicants must be either US Citizens or be a permanent legal resident in the US. 
  • As of the due date of the application, applicants who have been awarded RO1 equivalent grants as principal investigators or as co-leader at the time of application submission are not eligible for consideration as a V Scholar. In addition, applicants cannot be a co-leader on a SPORE project or (co)PI of the following NIH grant mechanisms: U01, DP1, DP2, R37, R23.  

RESEARCH FOCUS AREA: Any area of cancer research is eligible. 

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. 5:

  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 to the foundation by the March 29 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).