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Limited Submission Opportunity: V Foundation 2022 V Scholar Award in Adult Cancer Research

Applications due April 11

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

Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC, collaboratively) may choose up to two nominees for the V Foundation V Scholar Award program. 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 in cancer research careers by funding either laboratory-based fundamental research or translational research projects.

Projects may focus on ANY area of adult cancer research that increases our understanding of cancer biology, ­or translational research that improves cancer detection, prevention, treatment and survivorship. Applications proposing research to develop better methods for earlier detection of cancers are encouraged. Areas notincluded in this scope are epidemiology, behavioral science and health services research. The foundation especially encourages applications from minority ethnic groups underrepresented in science. This $200,000 grant is paid over two years and does not cover indirect costs.


This call for applications is specifically for adult cancer research. Additionally, by April 28, 2022, all of the following must apply:

  • 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 five years, and not yet been promoted to associate professor.
  • Applications from minority groups underrepresented in science are highly encouraged. For this application: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos (non-European), American Indians and/or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders would be included in minority groups. One Vanderbilt nomination is reserved by the V Foundation for a scientist from an underrepresented group.
  • 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).
  • Applicants must have at least two years 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 permanent legal residents in the U.S.
  • Applicants must NOT already hold an R01 or R01-equivalent grant as a PI or co-leader. Applicants must NOT be a co-leader on projects such as SPORE or NIH grant mechanisms like U01, DP1, DP2, R37 and R23. The V Scholar award is intended to support research to leverage these larger awards, so the nominee should not have already received such awards.

Internal selection process

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in a single PDF) to by 5 p.m. on April 11, 2022.

  1. Brief (two-page maximum) research plan including summary budget; if the nature of the research is bench to bedside with patient contact, briefly describe how patient advocacy/communication will be incorporated into your training.
  2. Letter of support from department chair/center director; letters must also acknowledge that this grant does not allow indirect costs. This statement can be used/modified within the letter: “The department recognizes that this grant does not allow indirect costs and will commit to covering any associated indirect costs per applicable institutional/school policy.” Consult for further guidance.
  3. NIH Biosketch or five-page CV.
  4. If applicable, please include the following statement in your submission email:
    1. “I self-identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino (non-European), American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.”
    2. This statement is optional but allows your application to be considered for nominations reserved by V Foundation for faculty who are underrepresented in the scientific community.

Submissions should reference “2022 V Scholar Award Adult Cancer Research” in the subject line of the email.  Note that the selected candidate will need to prepare a brief nomination form and draft a VICC director letter of recommendation by April 22.

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