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Request for Applications: Thyroid Cancer Research Scholar and Mentored Research Scholar

The American Cancer Society announces this Request for Applications for the American Cancer Society MEN2 Thyroid Cancer Consortium. Up to seven (7) Research Scholar and/or Mentored Research Scholar grants will be awarded. The Consortium will be led by a single renowned senior scientist who will be awarded the American Cancer Society MEN2 Thyroid Cancer Professorship and act as leader for the overall program (details at links below). Appropriate areas of investigation include, but are not limited to: understanding signaling pathways associated with RET mutations, broad molecular events underlying the development of thyroid cancer and other MEN2-related tumors, improved animal models of MEN2, new screening and monitoring tools, new imaging approaches, and new pharmacologic and other strategies to blunt the effects of RET and related mutations.  

Individuals applying for a Research Scholar Grant must have an independent research or faculty position and be within six years of their first independent research or faculty appointment at the time of application. These grants will be awarded for up to $200,000 a year, direct costs, for five years. Mentored Research Scholar Grants will be awarded to junior faculty members with a doctoral degree in a clinical or cancer control research discipline (for example, MD and/or PhD) that are within the first four years of a full time faculty appointment or equivalent, and have no more than four years of postdoctoral research experience immediately prior to their faculty appointment. The successful applicant is expected to transition into a career as an independent investigator. Awards are for up to five years and for up to $135,000 per year direct costs.   

Deadline: Complete applications are due by April 1, 2009. Funding will begin January 1, 2010. For information regarding funding policies or to obtain an application, go to https://proposalcentral.altum.com or refer to the ACS website at www.cancer.org/research: select Funding Opportunities followed by Index of Grants, scroll down to Special Initiatives and select the appropriate RFA for MEN2 Thyroid Cancer. For inquiries, contact Charles Saxe, PhD at (404) 929-6919 (charles.saxe@cancer.org).