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Limited Submission Opportunity: National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation 2021 Young Investigator Award

Applications are due Nov. 23. This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions.

Vanderbilt may nominate one candidate for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Foundation Young Investigator Award for 2021. These awards provide $150,000 over a two-year period for promising young investigators across a broad range of oncology specialties and areas of interest. In addition to the $150,000 award, awardees will be provided $575 for travel to attend the 2022 NCCN Annual Conference.

The foundation invites proposals from early investigators with innovative ideas and an interest in improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of care provided to cancer patients. A primary focus of the award is to identify and fund top investigators in the early stages of their careers interested in participating and contributing to cancer research. The NCCN Foundation also recognizes the growing need for evidence-based research in the areas of clinical treatment and management, health systems and delivery of care, quality of life for cancer patients, and patient education.

The NCCN Foundation expects to fund four to six Young Investigator Awards this year. Two of these awards will be specific to the 2021 areas of interest below.

  • Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Study
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Study

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

  • Medical degree – M.D., D.O. or international equivalent or
  • Scientific degree – Ph.D. or international equivalent or
  • Nursing degree – Masters or above or international equivalent.
  • Proposed project must be conducted at Vanderbilt.
  • Mentor in the proposed research field.
  • Institutional commitment to support the research project.


  • Candidates must be in their first full-time appointment at Vanderbilt at assistant professor, instructor or equivalent level 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.

Internal application process

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) through the VICC Pilot Project Application Portal by Nov. 23, 2020 (COB). A link to the VICC Pilot Project Application Portal can also be found in the blue square located on the VICC Funding Opportunities webpage.

  1. Brief (1-2 page) research plan including summary budget;
  2. Brief statement of support from department chair/division chief;
  3. NIH Biosketch or five-page CV.

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. 25, 2021, deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Bowen at