AACR Launches New Funding Initiative to Promote Innovative Research From Young Investigators

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Carlos Arteaga, MD

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to announce the launch of the AACR NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research, a new funding initiative to stimulate highly innovative research from young investigators.

This new grant mechanism is intended to promote and support creative, paradigm-shifting cancer research that, because of its very nature, may not otherwise be funded through existing channels.

“The AACR NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research represent an exciting new initiative to provide funding to young investigators who are working on projects that have the potential to lead to major breakthroughs in the field of cancer research,” said ­Carlos L. Arteaga, MD, AACR Immediate Past-President, and the Donna S. Hall Vhair in Breast Cancer Research and Director of the Center for Cancer Targeted Therapies at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. “Young investigators are vital to our future progress against cancer because they are the source of many of the most novel, ambitious, and transformative ideas in cancer research. We at the AACR are proud to be able to offer them this mechanism of support.”

Grant Requirements

Eligibility will be limited to junior faculty who, at the start of the grant term, have held a full-time, tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor for no more than 3 years. The proposed research must represent a highly innovative approach to a major contemporary challenge in cancer research.

The funded projects must have the potential to lead to groundbreaking discoveries in the field, and transform our understanding of the tumorigenesis process and/or our ability to treat, detect, or prevent cancer. The research can be in any area of basic, translational, or clinical science.

The grants will provide a total of $450,000 over a period of 3 years, beginning July 1, 2016. The recipients will formally accept the grants at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, to be held April 16–20, in New Orleans.

Letters of intent must be submitted by noon Eastern Time, August 10, 2015, using the proposalCENTRAL website ( Additional inquiries may be directed to Ashley Jones at

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