The 2014 Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards

Promising Researchers Receive More Than $5 Million in Grants and Awards

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The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO presented more than $5 million in grants and awards to more than 250 promising oncology researchers at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting, held May 30 to June 3 in Chicago, Illinois. The Conquer Cancer Foundation and ASCO congratulate the 2014 grant and award recipients on their contributions to the field of oncology and offer their profound thanks to all the generous organizations that supported these awards.

The Foundation is proud to provide funding opportunities for oncology professionals at various stages in their careers across the globe through the Grants and Awards Program. The awards that were presented at the Annual Meeting include:

  • Eight Medical Student Rotation Awards (MSR) for Underrepresented Populations
  • Nine Resident Travel Awards (RTA) for Underrepresented Populations
  • 50 Young Investigator Awards (YIA), a 1-year grant of $50,000 that provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology. 
  • Nine Career Development Awards (CDA), a 3-year, $200,000 grant that provides funding to clinical investigators who have received their initial faculty appointment to establish an independent clinical cancer research program
  • One Advanced Clinical Research Award in Breast Cancer (ACRA), a 3-year, $450,000 grant that funds investigators who are in their fourth to ninth year of faculty appointment, and who are committed to clinical cancer research in an area not currently funded. Vandana Abramson, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center received the award for her project “Developing targeted therapies for triple negative breast cancer”.
  • 23 International Development and Education Awards (IDEA) and six International Development and Education Awards in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC) to young oncologists from low and middle-income countries
  • Three Long-Term International Fellowships (LIFe) to early-career oncologists from Armenia, China, and Brazil. 
  • 103 Merit Awards including four Special Merit Awards in recognition of high-quality abstracts submitted to the Annual Meeting
  • Nine Clinical Trials Participation Awards (CTPA) to community-based practices in recognition of their outstanding efforts to increase awareness of and participation in clinical trials.
  • 36 Oncology Trainee Travel Awards 

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