Limited Submission: 2020 V Scholar Grant for Black/African American Cancer Researchers

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The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has been invited to nominate one investigator for the V Scholar Grant for
Black/African American Cancer Researchers. This grant opportunity will be specifically for researchers who come from the Black/African American community, a minority group that is underrepresented in the scientific community. 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.

SPECIAL FOCUS AREA: ANY area of adult cancer research.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Inclusions: Nominees must be all of the following:
    • Nominated by their Cancer Center Director or similar high ranking research official
    • Self-identify as Black/African American on their nomination form.
    • Employed at a non-profit research institution (e.g., 501c3, Section 170).
    • Must be a US Citizen or permanent legal resident.
    • Possess 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 their specialty.
    • Clinical scientists are eligible if the research institution can demonstrate that it will fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, committed research time, start-up funds).
    • By the Due Date of the Application, applicants must:
      • Hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at their research institution. Non-promotable positions such as: adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible.
      • Have been appointed to their first full-time Assistant Professor position within the last 5 years, and not yet been promoted to Associate Professor.
  • Exclusions
    • By the due date of the application, nominees must:
      • NOT already hold an R01 or R01-equivalent grants as a PI or co-leader.
      • NOT be a co-leader on projects such as SPORE or NIH grant mechanisms like U01, DP1, DP2, R37, and R23.
      • Note: The V Scholar award is intended to support research to leverage these larger awards; so, the nominee should not have already received such awards.

Application Information

Submit a one-page specific aims response and biosketch by Tuesday, November 10, 2020 to


Internal Deadline: November 10, 2020
Nomination Deadline (External): November 30, 2020
Application Deadline (External): January 6, 2021


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