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Limited Submission Opportunity: V Foundation V Scholar Awards

Feb. 13, 2019, 4:39 PM

This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions.

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

The V Foundation aims to “achieve victory over cancer” in part by funding cancer research grants. The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from laboratory based fundamental research through bench to bedside research. The total amount of the grant is $200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000. Only direct costs of the research are supported by this award.

Note that this adult cancers competition is distinct from the V Foundation “pediatric cancers” V Scholars and Translational awards competition, which has an internal application due date of Feb.17.


This call for applications is specifically for adult cancer research. Additionally, by the application due date (May 6), all of the following must apply:

  • 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.
  • Applicants must hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor. Non-promotable, 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 5 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, start-up funds, dedicated research time).
  • Applicants must have at least 2 years post-doctoral (MD or PhD) fellowship training. For MDs, 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 US.
  • Applicants may NOT already have an R01 or R01-equivalent grant. As of the Due Date of the Application, applicants who have been awarded R01 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. on Monday, March 11, 2019.

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
  2. Statement of support from department chair/center director;
  3. NIH Biosketch or 5-page CV.

Submissions should reference “2019 V Scholar Award- Adult Cancer Research” in the subject line of the email.

Please contact with questions about the program, foundation, or internal review process.