How to Apply
CONCERN FOUNDATION’S CONQUER CANCER NOW AWARD
2013 Call for Applications
LOI online submission deadline: 2:59 am (EST) September 10, 2013
Notification of LOI selection: approximately October 8, 2013
Full proposal submission deadline: 2:59 am (EST) December 10, 2013
Notification of awards: June 2014
Start of funding: July 1, 2014
For help with the electronic application process, please contact Customer Support at proposalCENTRAL:
Grant program questions should be directed to:
Ms. Seunga Yu
Grants will only be awarded to independent investigators who are at the start of their career (i.e., junior faculty) and are at the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent with explanation). Concern will require a letter from the applicant's Department Chair attesting to the applicant's faculty status and to the applicant's status as an independent investigator with independent laboratory space. This letter needs to accompany the initial Letter of Intent from prospective applicants and (if selected) also uploaded with the full proposal.
Priority will be given to proposals from independent investigators who have yet to obtain significant funding for their work.
Applicants must detail all current and pending support from other funding sources, noting any budgetary or scientific overlap. This includes funding from all years of multi-year grants. This information will be requested with the initial LOI and will need to be updated with the full grant application.
Concern Foundation accepts grant applications from institutions in the United States and abroad. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.
Applicants at governmental agencies are not eligible.
Concern will not fund clinical trials, cancer epidemiology, or behavioral studies.
The total grant amount for a Conquer Cancer Now Award is $60,000 for a period of one year, subject to continued funding of an additional $60,000 for the second year. Consideration for a second year of funding is based on sufficient progress (as determined by the required progress report) and available funds.
A detailed progress report must be submitted at the conclusion of the first year to be eligible for the second year of funding.
Concern will not fund overhead costs, indirect costs, or similar fees or charges levied by an institution. Funds are not provided for equipment. All funds are to be distributed only for salaries and supplies directly related to the funded research.
At the conclusion of the funding period, a detailed final report must be submitted explaining the results of the investigation funded by Concern including papers published and new grant support obtained based on the Concern work.
Any publication based on work funded wholly or partially by Concern must acknowledge our participation.
Notification of grant awards will be in June 2014. Grant funding period begins July 1, 2014 and concludes June 30, 2015. Grants are disbursed in quarterly installments.
Conquer Cancer Now Award recipients will be selected based on peer review by Concern Foundation's Scientific Review Committee. The committee is comprised of a panel of cancer research scientists from institutions based in the United States and abroad.
Recommendations will be based on the following criteria:
1. Focus on the organization's mission to fund research in the areas of cancer genetics, cancer cell biology, and cancer immunology.
2. Significance and originality of the proposal.
3. Strong scientific approach.
4. Feasibility of the aims of the proposal based on the award amount.
5. Qualifications of the investigator and his team.
6. Availability of institutional resources to support the proposed project.
HOW TO APPLY
A letter of intent is required for all Conquer Cancer Now award applications. LOIs must be submitted online via proposaCENTRAL at https://proposalcentral.altum.com. The deadline to complete the LOI is 2:59 am (EST) September 10, 2013
Letters of Intent will be reviewed by members of the Concern Foundation Scientific Review Committee. Notification of LOI status and invitation to submit a full proposal is expected to be available on approximately October 8, 2013. In previous years, an
average of 60% of LOIs were invited to submit a complete application. If invited to submit a complete proposal, additional guidelines will be made available via proposalCENTRAL. The grant application deadline will be 2:59 am (EST) December 10, 2013.
Applicants should register at proposalCENTRAL and complete a professional profile. Applicants also should make sure that their institution has registered an institution profile with proposalCENTRAL. Tutorials are available at the login screen once you register.
The application process is expected to be operational at proposalCENTRAL on or before July 1, 2013.
LETTER OF INTENT COMPONENTS
A) Letter of Intent utilizing the guidelines available online at proposalCENTRAL.
B) Letter from the Department Chair attesting to your position as an Assistant Professor (or equivalent).
C) 4-page (max) NIH biosketch, including past/current/pending grant support and indication of grant goals and overlap with current application (sample template provided on proposalCENTRAL).