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Request for Applications – Career Development Award

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 over 10 months (10/01/12-06/30/13), 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.  Up to 90 days preaward costs are allowed where appropriate and in accordance with NIH guidelines.  Funding sources include NIH monies, and discretionary monies – and IDC will be awarded as well.  However, depending on the source of funding for each award, awarded IDC may vary and will be determined once awards are made.  Therefore, we ask that IDCs NOT be included in the requested budget and that applications must have institutional sign-off.  Please note that funding provided MUST be spent by 06/30/13.

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.     Budget (up to $50,000) - please list DIRECT Costs only – IDC will be awarded in addition to the $50,000 DIRECT at time of award and depending on funding source

5.     Brief Statement of Work

6.     NIH Biosketch and Other Support of the CDA applicant

7.     Reference letter from prospective Mentor

8.     Mentor’s biosketch

9.     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.

10.  Statement of Intent (non-DFCI applicants only)

Application Submission Instructions:  One PDF document including the above required documentation should be emailed to Roxanne_Elkashawy@dfci.harvard.edu by 5:00pm, August 23rd, 2012.  In addition, please deliver 10 hardcopies of the application to Roxanne El-Kashawy (D1230) by 5:00pm, August 23rd, 2012.  For all inquiries, please contact Roxanne El-Kashawy by email (shown above) or phone (617.632.6534).