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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Mary Kay Ash Foundation Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant

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

Applications due Dec. 8

VU and VUMC may each nominate one candidate for the Mary Kay Ash Foundation Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant program for 2023. These awards provide $100,000 over two years to support innovative translational research for cancers affecting women, including but not limited to ovarian, uterine, breast, endometrial and/or cervical cancer.

The foundation seeks to fund innovative research that will provide a scientific link between laboratory research and the clinic. Ultimately, such research would lead to improvement in the diagnosis, prognosis, prevention or treatment of cancer.

You can find a list of the previous award recipients here. Review additional guidelines in the RFP.


  • Principal investigator must be a full-time assistant professor or higher (assistant, associate or full professor) and commit a minimum 5 percent effort.
  • Staff scientists, postdoctoral trainees and instructors are NOT eligible.
  • Up to one co-PI is permitted. Co-PI must meet the same eligibility requirements as PI (assistant Professor or higher).
  • Postdoc contributors may be listed as co-investigator, but not co-PI.
  • The maximum total budget is $100,000. Indirect costs may not exceed 15 percent of direct costs (e.g., direct costs ≤ $86,956, indirect costs ≤ $13,044).
  • U.S. citizenship is not required.

Internal application process

Anyone interested in being considered as VU’s or VUMC’s nominee must submit the following to by 5 p.m. on Dec. 8. Please combine your materials into a single PDF and reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

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

The chosen nominee will submit a full proposal to the foundation by the deadline of Feb. 1, 2023.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to