NCI Funding for Trainees

The National Cancer Institute provides funding support for trainees in all areas of cancer research, including cancer prevention, control, behavioral sciences, population sciences, and translational research.

Direct any questions you have regarding the funding opportunities below to Program Coordinator Ryan Nobles via email.

The NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers

The NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00) is designed for postdoctoral fellows with research and/or clinical doctoral degrees who do not require an extended period of mentored research training beyond their doctoral degrees. The objective of this award is to facilitate a timely transition of these fellows from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. The program will provide independent NCI research support during this transition to help awardees to launch competitive, independent research careers. Researchers in the scientific areas of data science and cancer control science are especially encouraged to apply.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Postdocs with less than 2 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency not required - Individuals on visas are eligible to apply
  • Candidate must be nominated by an institution

Each institution can only nominate one student. We expect to identify the Winship designee by December 18, 2020. Full applications (for the designee only) are due to the NCI on Friday, February 26, 2021.

Winship Cancer Institute will be handling the internal nomination process. Anyone wishing to be considered to apply for this award should send the following materials, compiled into a single PDF, as an email attachment to Ryan Nobles via email by Friday, December 4, 2020.

  1. An NIH NRSA (F31) style Biosketch (Please make sure to use form that was revised March 2020.)
  2. Specific aims (Please make sure to follow the K99/R00 format.)
  3. A letter of nomination from your sponsor/mentor.

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition (F99/K00) Award is targeted at outstanding graduate students in the 3rd and 4th year with demonstrated potential and a commitment to pursuing an independent career in cancer research. This transitional award is akin to the K99/R00 awards for senior postdocs wherein it supports the last 1-2 years of graduate training and then up to 4 years of support in the postdoctoral phase (up to 6 years total). It therefore provides the student with a "portable" transition award, making them even more competitive for the top postdoctoral positions.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Students in years 3 or 4 of PhD graduate training only
  • International students ARE eligible
  • Current F31 awardees/applicants ARE eligible

Prior research training in cancer research is not required.

Each institution can only nominate one student. We expect to identify the Winship designee by October 1, 2020. Full applications (for the designee only) are due to the NCI on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Winship Cancer Institute will be handling the internal nomination process. Anyone wishing to be considered to apply for this award should send the following materials, compiled into a single PDF, as an email attachment to Ryan Nobles via email by Friday, September 18, 2020.

  1. An NIH NRSA (F31) style Biosketch (Please make sure to use form that was revised March 2020.)
  2. A short description of your research accomplishments thus far, plans for completion, and career goals including the area of planned emphasis in postdoctoral training (see the format for SPECIFIC AIMS for this mechanism.)
  3. A letter of nomination from your sponsor/mentor.
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