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Request for Applications – Career Development Award (DF/HCC SPORE in Prostate Cancer)

The Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) in Prostate Cancer seeks applications for Career Development Awards in Prostate Cancer Translational Research.

Eligible candidates are either in their final year of clinical or postdoctoral fellowship (MD, PhD, or MD/PhD required), or hold an academic appointment not higher than Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School or the Harvard School of Public Health.  A track record of interest and productivity in prostate cancer research is required.   The research plan and career goals of the individual may include the disciplines of basic biology, population studies, outcomes, or social science but must have a plan for translation into humans, since the purpose of this program is to promote translational research in prostate cancer.  Applications will be judged on their scientific merit and/or the potential for contribution to the overall status of the DF/HCC Prostate Cancer Program/Prostate Cancer SPORE.  

The awardee will receive up to $50,000 in direct costs for one year (although it is possible, depending on the potential for translation and contribution to the SPORE, that the award may be renewed for a 2nd year at the discretion of the SPORE Director), 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.  Funding sources include NIH monies, and discretionary monies.  Depending on the source of funding for each award, awarded IDC will vary from 14% (discretionary) to your NIH institutional negotiated rate (NIH funded).  Therefore, we ask that IDCs NOT be included in the requested budget and that applications must have institutional sign-off.  Funding provided needs to be spent within the budgeted time period.  

The individual would become a member of the DF/HCC Prostate Cancer Program and the DF/HCC Prostate Cancer SPORE and would be expected to attend SPORE activities (meetings, retreats, research presentations).  Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applications should consist of the following:
1.    A brief summary of research plan (not to exceed 5 pages excluding references) including   an Abstract, Research Plan. Background and Relevance, Specific Aims, Preliminary Data, Experimental Methods, Translation Goals and anticipated time line.
2.    Translational objectives of the research (half-page)
3.    Applicant career goals (half-page)
4.    A brief budget (up to $50,000 direct costs) and justification (one page).  Please use anticipated start date of 10/01/09.  Please note:  Start date subject to change.
5.    NIH Biosketch and Other Support of the CDA applicant
6.    Reference letter from prospective Mentor
7.    Mentor’s biosketch
8.    Commitment letter from appropriate Programmatic or Department faculty supervisor indicating commitment of relevant space, institutional appointment, and resources as may be required to complete the proposed studies.
9.    Institutional signoff

Application Submission Instructions:  One PDF document including the above required documentation should be emailed to Roxanne_Elkashawy@dfci.harvard.edu by October 1st, 2009.  In addition, please deliver 10 hardcopies of the application to Roxanne Elkashawy (D1230) by October 1st, 2009.  For all inquiries, please contact Roxanne Elkashawy by email (shown above) or phone (617.632.6534).