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Vanderbilt-wide LSO: 2018 V Foundation V Scholar Awards – all cancer research

Feb. 15, 2018, 1:06 PM

Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC, collaboratively) may choose one nominee for the V Foundation V Scholar Award program, which is open to research in all cancer types.

The V Foundation aims to “achieve victory over cancer” in part by funding cancer research grants. The V Scholar Award supports young tenure-track faculty early in their cancer research careers by funding projects that are either laboratory-based fundamental research or translational research. The total amount of the grant is $200,000 awarded in two annual installments of $100,000 each. Only direct costs of the research are supported by this award.

Note that this general call is distinct from the call for Pediatric V Scholars and Pediatric Translational awards. Contact for more information.

Applicant eligibility:

By the May 1 due date, applicants must have all of the following:

  • Applications from minority groups underrepresented in science are encouraged, but not required. For this application: African American or of African descent, Hispanic American (non-European) or Native American and/or an Alaskan Native would be included in minority groups
  • Hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor. Nonpromotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible for this grant competition.
  • Have been appointed to their first full-time assistant professor position within the last five years, and not yet been promoted to associate professor.
  • Clinical scientists are eligible if their department can demonstrate that it will fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, startup funds, dedicated research time).
  • Applicant must have at least two years of postdoctoral (M.D. or Ph.D.) fellowship training. For M.D.s, a minimum of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for the specialty.
  • Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or be a permanent legal resident in the United States.
  • Applicant cannot already have been awarded an RO1 or RO1-equivalent grant. As of the due date of the application, applicants who have been awarded RO1-equivalent grants (project leader on an NIH multi-investigator grant, ACS) as principal investigators or as co-leader at the time of application submission are not eligible for consideration as a V Scholar. In addition, applicants cannot be a co-leader on a SPORE project or (co)PI of the following NIH grant mechanisms: U01, DP1, DP2, R37, R23. In addition, principal investigators for research project grants (RPGs), analogous to NIH/NCI R01 awards, would also be ineligible.

Internal selection process:

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 14.

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

Submissions should reference “2018 V Scholar Award – All Cancer Research” in the subject line of the email.

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the program, foundation or internal review process.

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