$100,000 CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Tower Cancer Research Foundation supports forward thinking scientists from Southern California’s premier academic medical centers. In general, the scientific advisory board evaluates grant applications based on the following criteria:

  • Novelty of hypothesis
  • Scientific quality
  • Potential for revealing something meaningful about cancer
  • Feasibility of the proposal
  • Evidence of institutional support for the project

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must not be beyond the first two years of a junior faculty appointment. (A junior faculty position is not required.)
  • Applicants must have completed two years of training in an accredited fellowship program in hematology-oncology (applicants currently in their third year of training are still eligible).
  • Applicants must be Southern California based.
  • The project must entail research directed towards potential oncological clinical application. The project may be laboratory-based or “translational”, meaning it may involve clinical subjects but must have a direct laboratory component.
    • Projects using human xenograft models in mice are eligible.
  • The Principal Investigator must hold either an MD or a PhD (or both) and have an existing active lab.
  • 80% of the Principal Investigator’s time must be protected time for research in general (not necessarily for the proposed project only)
  • Principal Investigators are not required to have funds already secured in order to apply for the Career Development Grant. Likewise, investigators with other private or government funding are still eligible to apply.

Funding Terms

  • Career Development Grantees will be awarded a one-time payment of $100,000. Up to four Career Development Awards will be granted.
  • The grant award must be used to cover research related expenses between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. All grant awards are for 1 year only with no guarantee of renewal.
  • Grant funds are to be applied towards salary, processing fees, equipment and/or supplies. There is no salary cap for Principal Investigators. Grant funds are not permitted to be used for overhead expenses (i.e. rental expenses, equipment maintenance, and insurance fees are not allowable costs).

Submission Procedures

  • Completed applications must be submitted electronically to Aidee at aidee@towercancer.org. Submissions are due Wednesday, February 1st, 2017. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of the submission.
  • For questions regarding the application or application process contact Aidee at (310)299-8470 or aidee@towercancer.org.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of renowned clinician-scientists determined by Tower Cancer Research Foundation. Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, April 4, 2017 of the panel’s decision.
  • Application feedback will be provided by applicant request only.

Formatting Guidelines

  • Email the application as 1 PDF document, no other document formats accepted.
    • NOTE: This may require printing the completed budget form, basic information documents, and letters of reference, manually placing each in the correct order within the application, and then scanning the entire application back in as a PDF.
  • Title the PDF completed application document as listed below:
    • Last Name.Career Development Grant.Institution. Date of Submission
  • Include a header with the applicant’s last name, first name in the upper right hand corner and a footer with the page number on the bottom right hand corner of each page of the application. (This excludes the first page of the Basic Information form downloaded from the Tower Cancer Research Foundation website).
  • Use Times New Roman or Arial font no smaller than size 11. Minimum of 0.8 inch paper margins on all sides.
  • Follow the section order of the outline listed below and adhere to the page maximums indicated for each section. Only complete and correctly ordered applications will be considered.
  • Write the section heading in bold at the beginning of each portion of the application (use the exact titles indicated in the following outline).

Application Outline

1. Table of Contents
Create a table of contents with the corresponding page numbers for each section of the application:

  • Section 1: Basic Information
  • Section 2: Non-Technical Abstract
  • Section 3: Technical Abstract
  • Section 4: Applicant’s Biographical Sketch
  • Section 5: Sponsor’s Biographical Sketch
  • Section 6: Description of Proposed Project
  • Section 7: Personal Statement
  • Section 8: Letters of Recommendation
  • Section 9: Sponsor Letter
  • Section 10: Budget
  • Section 11: Certifications or Statements of Exemption
  • Section 12: Publication Reprints

1. Basic Information (total of 3 pages)
Download and complete the Career Development Basic Information forms. DOWNLOAD

2. Non-Technical Abstract (maximum of 100 words)
Briefly describe the project in 100 words or less using NON-TECHNICAL language. The description should explain the significance of the proposed work to the field. It should be understandable to the average reader of a daily newspaper.

3. Technical Abstract (maximum of 100 words)
Briefly describe the project in 100 words or less using TECHNICAL language. The description should explain the significance of the proposed work to the field.

4. Applicant’s Biographical Sketch
Option 1: Submit your official NIH Biographical Sketch

OR

 

Option 2: In place of an official NIH Biographical Sketch (option 1), applicants may submit documents a-d listed below:

a. List all degrees earned in chronological order with the most recent position at the top and baccalaureate at the bottom. Post-doctoral training should be included. For each item listed, please include the following:

  • Educational/Training (if applicable)
  • Institution and location
  • Degree Earned
  • Years spent toward completion
  • Field of Study

b. List all previous employment, experience, and honors in chronological order with the most recent position at the top.

c. List all publications during the last 3 years as well as any prior publications pertinent to this application. Publications should be listed in chronological order with the most recent publication at the top.

d. List all current and pending research support including individual and institutional support available for the proposed project. For each item listed, please include the following:

  • Source of support
  • Identifying number
  • Project Title
  • Name of Principal Investigator/Program Director
  • Annual Direct Costs
  • Total Period of Support

**Note: Failure to provide evidence of sufficient supporting funds for the proposed research can invalidate the application.

5. Sponsor’s Biographical Sketch
Option 1: Submit the sponsor’s official NIH Biographical Sketch

OR

Option 2: In place of the sponsor’s official NIH Biographical Sketch (option 1), applicants may submit documents a-d listed below:

a. List all degrees earned in chronological order with the most recent position at the top and baccalaureate at the bottom. Post-doctoral training should be included. For each item listed, please include the following:

  • Educational/Training (if applicable)
  • Institution and location
  • Degree Earned
  • Years spent toward completion
  • Field of Study

b. List all previous employment, experience, and honors in chronological order with the most recent position at the top.

c. List all publications during the last 3 years as well as any prior publications pertinent to this application. Publications should be listed in chronological order with the most recent publication at the top.

d. List all current and pending research support including individual and institutional support available for the proposed project. For each item listed, please include the following:

  • Source of support
  • Identifying number
  • Project Title
  • Name of Principal Investigator/Program Director
  • Annual Direct Costs
  • Total Period of Support

**Note: Failure to provide evidence of sufficient supporting funds for the proposed research can invalidate the application.

6. Description of Proposed Project (max of 10 pages including tables, figures etc.)
Provide a clear statement of the work to be undertaken and may include (but is not limited to):

  • Background and Relevant Knowledge
  • Specific Aims
  • Research Plan
  • Study Population
  • Methods
  • Data Analysis
  • Analytic Strategy
  • Discussion and Expected Outcomes
  • Relevance

7. Personal Statement (max of 1 page )
Provide any additional relevant personal information. Applicants are to use their own discretion in determining what information to include.

8.Letters of Recommendation
Include three signed letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your work/and or training. Letters should be on official institutional letterhead and should include recommenders contact information.

NOTE: The application must be submitted as 1 PDF document, no other document formats accepted. This may require printing the signed letters of reference, manually placing them in the correct order within the application, and then scanning the entire application back in as a PDF.

9. Sponsor Letter
Provide a signed letter of support from the sponsor

NOTE: The application must be submitted as 1 PDF document, no other document formats accepted. This may require printing the signed sponsor letter, manually placing them in the correct order within the application, and then scanning the entire application back in as a PDF.

10. Budget
Download and complete the Budget Template. DOWNLOAD

Applicants are to provide a proposed cumulative budget for the grant period.

NOTE: The application must be submitted as 1 PDF document, no other document formats accepted. This may require printing the completed budget, manually placing it in the correct order within the application, and then scanning the entire application back in as a PDF.

11. Certifications or Statements of Exemption (if applicable)

a. Vertebrate Animals Certification (either the IRB-approved protocol covering the project or the NIH Human Subjects Research Certificate)

b. Human Subjects Certification(either the respective agency numbers or the actual CITI certifications for the Principal Investigator)

c. Bio Hazard Certification

12. Publication Reprints
Two to three publication reprints are required. However, applicants may attach all those that are relevant to the proposal. This is not restricted to only those publications in press, prior publications can be included. There is no page limit for this section.