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Emerging Leader Award

Grants to USA Scientists and
Doctors for Medical Research

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The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

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Deadline Date:

08/24/20 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA scientists and doctors working in nonprofit academic institutions for medical research projects. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support innovative projects related to cancer research.

The Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Awards support innovative research from the next generation of leaders in cancer research. These grants are awarded to outstanding early career investigators to support high-impact, high-risk projects that are distinct from their current research portfolio.

Projects for this award must be centered on evidence-based laboratory, data, and/or medical science.

Allowable Items:
  • Salaries and related benefits proportional to the effort devoted to the project (Maximum recognized salary as determined by NIH cap)
  • Project-specific equipment
  • Laboratory reagents and supplies required for Grant research
  • Travel up to $2,000 per year for meetings or presentations relevant to Grant
  • Publishing fees for publications relevant to Grant, up to $3000 per publication
  • Indirect costs up to $25,000 per year

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189744

Estimated Size of Grant:

$250,000 per year, totaling $750,000

Term of Contract:

The Grant term is February 1, 2021 to January 31, 2024. In Year 3, at The Mark Foundation’s discretion, select Awardees may be invited to apply for up to two (2) years of additional funding depending on project progress.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- An MD, PhD, or equivalent is required.
- Applicants need not be U.S. citizens but must be employed by a U.S. non-profit academic institution.
- Applicant must be three to eight years from the start of an independent faculty research appointment as of December 31, 2020 (i.e., the official start date of the appointment must fall within the calendar years 2012-2017). Exceptions due to prolonged medical or family leave will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Proposed projects must not be supported by other sources of funding. Finalists will be asked to discuss any potential overlap with other current or pending awards during the in-person interviews.
- The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other legally protected characteristics.

The Mark Foundation does not fund projects that are fully supported by another agency. Any areas of budgetary overlap or percent of effort dedicated to other projects must be resolved to The Mark Foundation’s satisfaction before the start date of the Grant term.

Unallowable Items:
- Student or work visas
- Infrastructure (including rent, office and laboratory renovations)
- General office supplies or expenses
- Personal computers or general software or equipment
- Service contracts and maintenance costs. Exceptions may be made for equipment purchased with Grant funds that is dedicated solely to the funded project.
- Institutional telecommunication fees or other fees charged as a per user rate
- Membership dues, journal subscriptions, books
- Lobbying

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent must be submitted to the online portal no later than 5 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, June 4, 2020 (Note: the due date has been extended by one month to accommodate logistical challenges during current pandemic environment).

Key Dates:
- March 25, 2020: Letter of Intent Online Portal Opens
- June 4, 2020: Letters of Intent Due by 5pm ET
- Week of July 13: Applications Invited
- August 24, 2020: Applications Due by 5pm ET
- Week of October 26: Finalists Notified
- Week of November 16: In-Person Interviews of Finalists
- Week of November 23, 2020: Selection of Awardees
- December 31, 2020: Signed Agreements Due
- February 1, 2021: Grant Start Date

This award is not intended to be the main source of funding for the applicant’s laboratory. Applicants must therefore demonstrate multi-year independent funding that sustains the central activities of the laboratory (e.g., at least one or two grants such as NIH/R01, NSF/CAREER, or equivalently substantial multi-year awards). Individual eligibility will be determined during the review stage.

Only one submission per applicant is permitted.

If selected, finalists must be available to travel to New York City for in-person interviews the week of November 16, 2020.

The Mark Foundation's Emerging Leader Awards Policies:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

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