Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
The IECD is committed to DF/HCC faculty diversity. To maximize our ability to recruit promising minority investigators, we persistently work to offer supplements to recruitment packages. Recently, a $100,000 supplement to competitive recruitment packages led to the hiring of four outstanding minority investigators. In addition, NIH Supplements for Minority Faculty Recruitment have increased our faculty diversity. These supplements assist individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and those from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research.
A primary goal of the DF/HCC’s Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities is to recruit and support faculty from under-represented racial/ethnic or disadvantaged backgrounds (URM) and faculty focused on cancer disparities research. To realize this goal, DF/HCC has two grant mechanisms, one which provides partial funding for the recruitment of new URM faculty to a DF/HCC member institution, and another which offers pilot project funding for existing DF/HCC URM faculty who are doing innovative cancer research.
New Faculty Recruitment
New faculty recruitment funds are available on a rolling basis. When a department chair identifies an appropriate candidate, they can request a recruitment supplement from DF/HCC for up to $100K. Although these funds are available on a first-come/first-served basis during the year, every effort will be made to support as many requests as possible. These are unrestricted research funds and can be used for salary support and other research-related costs. The department or search committee chair should submit a letter of request that includes details on the mentoring plan for the candidate, his/her CV and details of the overall recruitment package. Approved funds can be used over a three-year period.
Pilot Projects Program for Current URM Faculty
This mechanism is designed to invest in highly productive and promising faculty who would benefit from support that will enable them to secure peer-reviewed funding and thus establish their independence. Funds for the pilot project program come from DF/HCC’s NCI-funded Cancer Core Support Grant (CCSG). Eligible DF/HCC faculty may apply for a CCSG-funded pilot project of up to $75K for one year. The proposed pilot project must: (1) be in an area of cancer research that is a priority to the DF/HCC; (2) have achievable scientific goals that will provide the pilot data needed for extramural funding; and (3) have a high likelihood of leading to peer reviewed funding. To apply, submit a 3-5 page research proposal describing the pilot project, the rationale for funding, and identifying the mentoring plan, a detailed budget, and CV. A letter of support from the primary mentor must also be submitted. Applications will be taken on a rolling basis. When funds are depleted, we will work with applicants to submit their work to the general DF/HCC development funds competition. Recipients will be expected to provide annual reports on their research progress and note the source of funding in the publications.
To be eligible for either mechanism, the submitting faculty member must:
- be within first three years of faculty appointment (assistant professor or higher rank)
- have or create a mentoring committee comprised of senior mentors who will meet with the awardee on a quarterly basis and provide on-going feedback and support
- agree to be overseen by the K12 review committee, which will meet with the candidate annually to provide input and support
For further information or to submit a proposal for either mechanism, please contact Karen Burns White.
Several minority fellows are currently in the pipeline to faculty positions. Other graduate and postdoctoral students also are in various stages of career development. The IECD Faculty Recruitment Committee ensures all minority fellows receive adequate mentoring and are well integrated into DF/HCC activities and resources.
Strategies for Recruitment of Minority Trainees:
- To learn more about the IECD plan for increased recruitment of minority trainees, please click here.
- To learn more about NCI's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), which aims to increase the number of minority scientists in biomedical research and enhance the careers of those already in the field, click here.
Details about selected fellowships are posted below.
- The Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Based in the HSPH Division of Public Health Practice, the Yerby program aims to expand the diversity of fellows entering academia in the field of public health, creating scientists and policy analysts for academic leadership. With the help of a faculty mentor, each fellow develops as a scholar and independent researcher. They establish their own research agenda, present their research in local and national settings, gain publishing experience in peer-reviewed journals, learn how to obtain grant support, participate in teaching, and experience the full range of academic life. DF/HCC co-sponsors up to two Yerby fellowships per year, each carrying an annual stipend of $55,000.
Ying Wang, Assistant Director
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Phone: 617-432-2313 Fax: 617-432-3834
Joan Y. Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership
Harvard Medical School
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Boston, MA 02115