The following are select national organizations that fund cancer research. Descriptions of the funding mechanisms (fellowships, investigator awards, etc.), eligibility criteria, funding amounts, and application deadlines are subject to change annually.
If you are interested in pursuing a funding opportunity offered by these organizations, or would like to explore additional funding opportunities with private foundations, please contact:
Chuck Mason, Associate Director of Foundation Relations
Phone: (603) 653-0752
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) offers an array of support mechanisms for cancer researchers at various stages in their careers, from fellowships to career development awards to major grants for independent investigators. Grant opportunities are listed on the AACR's Funding Opportunities website as soon as funding becomes available.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) focuses its funding on investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals. Funding opportunities are listed on the American Cancer Society's Funding Opportunities website.
Conquer Cancer Foundation
The Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards Programs offers different types of funding opportunities for oncology fellows, mentored training and career development, and professorships. These programs are designed to encourage and promote high-quality clinical and translational oncology research by providing funds to promising investigators throughout their careers. See a list of grant opportunities.
The mission of the Hope Funds for Cancer Research is to encourage investigation of innovative cancer treatment and detection for the most difficult-to-treat and understudied cancers. Eligibility information and application instructions for this postdoctoral fellowship opportunity are listed on their website.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Research sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) on blood cancers ranges from basic research that utilizes the latest tools of genomics (gene structure and function analysis) to studies that translate basic discoveries to new treatments. Grant opportunities are listed on the LLS Research Grants website.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Susan G. Komen for the Cure funds research that will speed the translation of discoveries into reductions in breast cancer mortality and/or incidence within the next decade and by training investigators at critical stages of their career to ensure sustained discovery. For more information, visit the Funding Opportunities section of their website.