Supporting Cancer Research Through the Conquer Cancer Foundation

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The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO funds the brightest minds in clinical and translational cancer research through its Grants and Awards Program. Since its inception in 1984, the Grants and Awards program has awarded more than $100 million through more than 1,500 grants and awards to at least 65 countries in support of innovative research initiatives that have led to new treatments and improved care. Current funding opportunities include:

Career Development

  • Young Investigator Award: Provides cancer research funding to promising early-career physicians during the final years of training to support the transition to a faculty appointment and encourage quality research in clinical oncology.
  • Career Development Award: Provides cancer research funding to clinical investigators in the 1st–3rd year of faculty appointment to establish an independent clinical cancer research program.
  • Advanced Clinical Research Award: Supports physician-scientists in the 4th–9th year of faculty appointment to perform original cancer research in an area not currently funded.
  • Research Professorships: Supports full professors who are making substantial contributions to cancer research and who are dedicated to mentoring the next generation of researchers.

Community-Based Practices

  • Clinical Trials Participation Award: Recognizes community-based practices that increase awareness of and participation in clinical trials among physicians.

Diversity in Oncology

  • Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations: Supports clinical or clinical cancer research oncology rotations for U.S. medical students from populations underrepresented in medicine who are interested in pursuing oncology as a career.
  • Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations: Provides travel grants for residents from underrepresented populations to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting, where they will have an opportunity to meet oncologists and explore career possibilities in their area of specialty.

International Programs

  • International Development and Education Award: Provides support for early-career oncologists in resource-constrained countries and facilitates knowledge sharing between these oncologists and ASCO members.
  • International Innovation Grant: Provides research funding in support of novel and innovative projects that have a substantial effect on cancer control in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Long-Term International Fellowship: Provides early-career oncologists in low- to middle-income countries the support and resources needed to advance their training by deepening their relationship with an existing mentor in the United States, Canada, or the European Union.

Merit and Travel Awards

  • Merit Award: Provides travel support to oncology trainees who are first authors on abstracts selected for presentation at an ASCO scientific meeting, including the ASCO Annual Meeting or thematic meetings.
  • Oncology Trainee Travel Award: Supports the continuing education and professional development of oncology trainees by providing complimentary ASCO Annual Meeting registration and individual travel grants to defray expenses for attending the ASCO Annual Meeting. ■

Originally printed in the Palliative Care in Oncology Daily News. © American Society of Clinical Oncology. “Supporting Cancer Research Through the Conquer Cancer Foundation” October 10, 2015. All rights reserved.