Limited Submission Opportunity: V Foundation V Scholar Awards

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This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions.

Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC, collaboratively) may choose one nominee for the V Foundation V Scholar Award program, which is open to research in all adult cancer types.

The V Foundation aims to “achieve victory over cancer” in part by funding cancer research grants. The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from laboratory based fundamental research through bench to bedside research. The total amount of the grant is $200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000. Only direct costs of the research are supported by this award.

Note that this adult cancers competition is distinct from the V Foundation “pediatric cancers” V Scholars and Translational awards competition, which has an internal application due date of Feb.17.

Eligibility:

This call for applications is specifically for adult cancer research. Additionally, by the application due date (May 6), all of the following must apply:

  • Applications from minority groups underrepresented in science are encouraged, but not required. For this application: African American or of African descent, Hispanic American (non-European) or Native American and/or an Alaskan Native would be included in minority groups.
  • Applicants must hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor. Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible for this grant competition.
  • Have been appointed to their first full-time assistant professor position within the last 5 years, and not yet been promoted to associate professor.
  • Clinical scientists are eligible if their department can demonstrate that it will fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, start-up funds, dedicated research time).
  • Applicants must have at least 2 years post-doctoral (MD or PhD) fellowship training. For MDs, a minimum of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for the specialty.
  • Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or be a permanent legal resident in the US.
  • Applicants may NOT already have an R01 or R01-equivalent grant. As of the Due Date of the Application, applicants who have been awarded R01 equivalent grants (project leader on an NIH multi-investigator grant, ACS) as principal investigators or as co-leader at the time of application submission are not eligible for consideration as a V Scholar. In addition, applicants cannot be a co-leader on a SPORE project or (co)PI of the following NIH grant mechanisms: U01, DP1, DP2, R37, R23. In addition, principal investigators for research project grants (RPGs), analogous to NIH/NCI R01 awards, would also be ineligible.

Internal Selection Process:

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to [email protected]  by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019.

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
  2. Statement of support from department chair/center director;
  3. NIH Biosketch or 5-page CV.

Submissions should reference “2019 V Scholar Award- Adult Cancer Research” in the subject line of the email.

Please contact [email protected] with questions about the program, foundation, or internal review process.