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Request for Applications: DF/HCC Lung Cancer SPORE Career Development Award

The Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) in Lung Cancer seeks applications for Career Development Awards in Lung 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 lung cancer research is required. Candidates who hold a rank of Associate Professor or Professor at Harvard Medical School or the Harvard School of Public Health who desire to change their field of interest may also apply. 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 lung cancer. The research project should include a laboratory-based component as part of the application. Applications will be judged on their scientific merit and/or the potential for contribution to the overall status of the DF/HCC Lung Cancer Program/Lung Cancer SPORE.

The awardee will receive up to $50,000 in direct costs for one year of funding, 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. Awardees will compete yearly for renewals. Investigators who have not been previously funded through this mechanism will receive preferential consideration. Funding sources include NIH monies, and discretionary monies. Funding provided needs to be spent within the budgeted time period (7/1/13-6/30/14). The individual will become a member of the DF/HCC Lung Cancer Program and the DF/HCC Lung Cancer SPORE. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

For all inquiries, please contact Joy McGugan, DF/HCC Lung Cancer Program Administrator by email at jmcgugan@partners.org or phone (617 632-5389). Please email submission as a single PDF document to Joy McGugan or send five copies of the application to Joy McGugan, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue - D1234, Boston, MA 02215. Applications are due Monday, April 15, 2013.

We recommend that you submit an additional copy of your application to your central grants office for entry into their database.  If your project is funded, this should help expedite establishing an account number for your project.

Applications should include 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 Timeline. 
  2. Translational objectives of the research (half-page)
  3. Applicant career goals (half-page)
  4. A brief budget (up to $50,000 in direct costs) and justification (one page)
  5. Curriculum Vitae (NIH Biosketch) and Other Support of the CDA applicant
  6. Reference letter from prospective Mentor
  7. Mentorís 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.