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Request for Applications: Kidney Cancer Career Development Award Due 11/22/10

Kidney Cancer Career Development Award

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Kidney Cancer Program

DUE DATE: 11/22/10

The Kidney Cancer Program of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, under the leadership of Dr. Michael B. Atkins, seeks applications for the Career Development Award in Kidney Cancer Research. Funding has been provided by philanthropy to be awarded through the Kidney Cancer Program of DF/HCC. Eligible candidates are those who are in their final year of clinical fellowship or postdoctoral fellowship (MD, PhD, or MD/PhD required) or within their first three years on staff. A prior track record in kidney cancer research is preferred but not required. The awardee will receive up to two years of funding at up to $44,000 per year (inclusive of F&A costs capped at 10%), which can be used for salary and/or support of research at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, or any of the Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Proposals should present a two year research plan with clearly defined milestones. Applicants will be evaluated using the 5 point NIH scale according to the following criteria:

1. The scientific merit/quality of the proposal (coherent presentation, candidate's own work, kidney cancer focus, translational nature)

2. The quality of the candidate (quality of previous work, potential for academic career in kidney cancer)

3. The quality of the research environment (mentor support and track record, resources available)

Consideration will also be given to investigators expressing interest in shifting their research focus to kidney cancer.  In this instance, items that will also be considered include:

1.      The seriousness of the commitment to translational research in kidney cancer

2.      The willingness of the individual to continue a productive relationship with the SPORE and the Kidney Cancer Program

The awardee will be expected to become a member of the DF/HCC Kidney Cancer Program and participate in Program activities including monthly research conferences, yearly half-day seminars, and the annual retreat. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Applications should be sent electronically to the Program Administrator, Aline D. Nandelstadt at anandels@bidmc.harvard.edu no later than 3 pm on 11/22/10. Minority and women applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications must contain the following components:

  1. Cover* with Institutional Approval (Statement of Intent if outside BIDMC)
  2. Abstract of proposed research
  3. Abbreviated Research Plan including the Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Data, and Experimental Methods, not to exceed 5 pages, exclusive of the proposed milestones and literature cited.
  4. Applicants Career Goals (1 page)  
  5. Research and Environment for proposed research
  6. Mentor(s) Letter of Support
  7. Applicant’s NIH Biosketch
  8. Mentor’s Biosketch
  9. Applicant’s NIH Other Support Page
  10. Proposed Budget; must not exceed $44,000/year (Inclusive of 10% F&A)
  11. Budget Justification
  12. IRB approval documents (if applicable)
  13. Human Subject Training Certificate (if applicable)

*Please include Title, PI, and Institution on cover sheet and submit all documents as one pdf file. Pages should be numbered.

Please note that support for this grant has been made available through Genentech, Inc.

Anticipated Award Dates: 1/01/11

1st budget period will be 10/01/10 – 09/30/11.

2nd budget period will be 10/01/11 - 09/30/12

Proposal must include the following additional terms:

This grant may not be used in connection with any Genentech products.

You must disclose any possible conflict of interest at time prior to submission