Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and AACR Invite Applications for 2016 Research Grants


The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network announced the opening of the 2016 Research Grants Program to support early-career investigators to focus on pancreatic cancer. Two grant mechanisms, the Pathway to Leadership Grant and the Career Development Award, are being offered for postdoctoral or clinical research fellows or junior independent researchers, respectively.

“Pancreatic cancer is among the most deadly of cancers,” said Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), CEO of the AACR. “With death rates anticipated to rise over the coming decades, additional research in pancreatic cancer is urgently required. The AACR is pleased to continue its partnership with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to provide grant opportunities to support innovative research projects that will accelerate the pace of progress against this devastating disease.”

“We are thrilled to partner with organizations like the AACR as we continue to recruit the brightest scientists and build a broad research community,” said Julie Fleshman, President and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “Our grant recipients have been shaping the research field and are actively bringing us closer to improving patient outcomes.”

Since the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network–AACR grants program was introduced in 2003, more than $27 million has been awarded to accelerate pancreatic cancer research. In 2015, $1.2 million will be available through this partnership to support the nation's most promising early-career scientists in the field.

Submissions for 2016 grants must be completed online using the proposalCENTRAL website. Funding decisions will be announced in the spring, and the grant term will begin July 1, 2016. The recipients will be honored at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, held in New Orleans, April 16–20. See below for grant deadlines.

Career Development Awards

Career Development Awards are 2-year grants totaling $200,000 to support junior independent investigators in developing or strengthening their research programs in pancreatic cancer.

The letter of intent deadline is noon ET, October 8, 2015.

Pathway to Leadership Grant

The Pathway to Leadership Grant is a 5-year grant totaling $600,000 that is designed to build future leadership in the pancreatic cancer research community by supporting a highly promising postdoctoral or clinical research fellow during his or her mentored research, continuing through his or her early phase of independence.

The application deadline is noon ET, October 27, 2015.

To learn more about the 2016 grants program, visit or

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