New International Innovation Grant Directly Supports Research Projects in Developing Countries

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The Conquer Cancer Foundation and ASCO International have just launched a new research funding opportunity, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO International Innovation Grant, which directly supports research being conducted by investigators in low- and middle-income countries.

Advancing Cancer Control Worldwide

The new grant will fund hypothesis-driven research for projects that can generate new knowledge about how to advance cancer control in low- and middle-income countries. It is anticipated that novel approaches proposed for this grant will differ from what would be considered standard practice within high-income settings. The International Innovation Grant will support proposals that have the potential to reduce the cancer burden in local communities, while also being potentially transferrable to other low- and middle-income countries. Grantees will be expected to disseminate the knowledge gained from their research.

The International Innovation Grant is a 1-year grant for up to $20,000 that will be awarded to not-for-profit organizations or governmental agencies in low- and middle-income countries. The principal investigator of the research project must be a resident of the low- or middle-income country who is affiliated with the grantee organization and must be an ASCO member or apply for ASCO membership at the time of grant application. Past recipients of the ASCO/Conquer Cancer Foundation International Development and Education Award (IDEA) and Long-term International Fellowship (LIFe) awards are particularly encouraged to apply as principal investigators, but the grants are open to all who meet the eligibility criteria. The deadline to submit a letter of intent is August 1, 2013.

Potential Applicants Needed

The International Innovation Grant is part of ASCO International, an ambitious expansion of new programs, initiatives, and research opportunities that will increase awareness, improve practice, and foster innovation in cancer care around the world.

Please help us reach potential applicants by sharing this information with colleagues in your international network and directing them to for more information.

At least two grants will be awarded in 2014, which are being generously supported by the Conquer Cancer Foundation Mission Endowment and by ASCO, but additional support is needed to help continue this program into the future. You can help improve cancer care—in all parts of the world—by making a gift at Together, we can make a global difference.■

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