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Request for Applications: Kidney Cancer Career Development Award


Genentech, Inc. Kidney Cancer Career Development Award-
Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Kidney Cancer Program

DUE DATE: 04/18/08

The Kidney Cancer Program of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, under the leadership of Dr. Michael B. Atkins, seeks applications for the Genentech, Inc. Career Development Award in Kidney Cancer Research. Funding has been provided by Genentech, Inc. to be awarded to 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 3 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 $60,000 per year (inclusive of indirect costs), 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, thrice 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 04/18/08. Minority and women applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications must contain the following components:

1. Abstract of proposed research
2. 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.
3. Applicants Career Goals (1 page)  
4. Research and Environment for proposed research
5. Mentor(s) Letter of Support
6. Applicant’s NIH Biosketch
7. Mentor’s Biosketch
8. Applicant’s NIH Other Support Page
9. Proposed Budget; must not exceed $60,000/year (Inclusive of indirect costs) x 2 years
10. Cover letter with institutional signature
11. IRB approval documents (if applicable)
12. Human Subject Training Certificate (if applicable)

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

Anticipated Award Dates:  06/01/08 – 05/31/10