Applicants sought for 2016 NCCN Young Investigator Award

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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Foundation invites proposals from young investigators with innovative ideas and an interest in improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of care provided to cancer patients. Research projects may pertain to the application of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines to address new prevention, detection or treatment approaches for cancer and its translation into clinical care.

Vanderbilt University may nominate two candidates for the NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Award for 2016. These awards provide $75,000 per year over two years for promising young investigators across a broad range of oncology specialties and areas of interest.

The award is open to physicians, scientists, nurses and others working in an oncology laboratory, clinical research or clinical setting, or cancer control program:

  • Approximately four to six awards are given annually.
  • In addition to the $75,000 per annum award, awardees will be provided up to $500 in travel expenses to attend the NCCN Annual Conference (mandatory).


Applicant requirements:

  • Medical degree — M.D., D.O., or international equivalent or
  • Scientific degree — Ph.D. or international equivalent or
  • Nursing degree — Master’s or above, or international equivalent.
  • The proposed project must be conducted at Vanderbilt.
  • Candidates must be in their first full-time appointment at Vanderbilt and must remain in good standing for the duration of the award period.
  • Candidates must not have other funding that duplicates the focus and purpose of this award.
  • Candidates must have a mentor in the proposed research field.
  • Candidates must have institutional commitment to support the research project.

For additional information, click on the links: Request for Proposals and FAQs.

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2015:

  • A brief (two-page maximum) research plan, including summary budget;
  • A brief statement of support from department chair/center director; and
  • 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 nominee. The chosen nominee will submit a full proposal to the foundation by the Jan. 29, 2016, deadline.

If you have questions about the foundation or its interests and priorities, contact Janey Wang, program manager, VUMC Office of Research; (615) 322-0522.