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Five candidates sought for Runyon Cancer Clinical Investigator Award

Nov. 13, 2015, 2:13 PM

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Vanderbilt University may nominate five candidates for the 2016 Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award. This three year, $450,000 award supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research. In addition, the foundation will retire up to $100,000 of medical school debt owed by the awardee.

The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports independent young physician-scientists conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity. The goal is to support the best young physician-scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.

The Clinical Investigator Award program is specifically intended to provide outstanding young physicians with the resources and training structure essential to becoming successful clinical investigators. The goal is to increase the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient’s bedside in search of breakthrough treatments.

Anyone interested in being considered one of Vanderbilt’s nominees must submit the following (in PDF format) to  by 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2015:

  1. A brief (two-page maximum) research plan, including summary budget;
  2. A brief statement of support from department chair/center director; and
  3. A brief CV or NIH Biosketch.

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominees. The chosen nominees will submit a full proposal to the foundation by the Feb. 2, 2016, deadline.

If you have any questions about the foundation or its interests and priorities, please contact Adele White, director, Office of Foundation Relations, (615) 936-1599.

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