Private Support

BU’s Office of Foundation Relations can assist faculty members in preparing and submitting applications. If you are pursuing any of the following funding opportunities, please contact Katharine Canfield, BUSM Director of Foundation Relations at kcanfiel@bu.edu, so applications can be coordinated and tracked.

Charles A. King Trust
Program: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program (Basic Science)
Purpose: To support research that focuses on the causes of human disease with the mission of improving its treatment. Proposals focused on cancer or blindness (not visual impairment), are highly encouraged.
Eligibility: Basic Science Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements by the dates indicated:

  • By the funding start date (September 1, 2019), hold a Ph.D., M.D., D.M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or comparable degree and work in an academic or medical research institution in the state of Massachusetts.
  • By the funding start date, must have completed at least three (3) years and no more than five (5) years of full-time postdoctoral research experience (see definition below). Eligible applicants will have begun their full-time postdoctoral work between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016.
    • Postdoctoral research experience is defined as full-time employment, after receiving one’s first doctoral degree, as a postdoctoral fellow in a research laboratory or similar professional experience (e.g. positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries) five full days each week. All postdoctoral research experience completed domestically and abroad is counted.
  • By the funding start date, must commit at least 90% time to research.
  • By the application deadline (March 1, 2019), the applicant must have at least one primary, peer reviewed research article from their postdoctoral work. Articles in press or submitted for review, should be publicly available as a preprint (e.g. BioRxiv).
  • By the funding start date, apply under the guidance of a Mentor who is an established investigator with an active research program. Mentors are expected to be involved in the planning, execution, and supervision of the proposed research.
  • Only one applicant per Mentor may apply per application cycle; there are no institutional limitations on the number of applicants who may submit applications.
  • United States citizenship is not required; visa documentation is not required

Funding: Two-year grants currently range from $104,008 to $117,760 total, inclusive of a $2,000 annual expense allowance.
Deadline: Applications due March 1
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Cancer Research Institute
Program: The Lloyd J. Old STAR Program
Purpose: To support mid-career scientists
Eligibility: Candidates must:

  • have an M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. (or equivalent)
  • Belong to one of the following categories as of July 1, 2019:
    • Tenure-track assistant professor with a minimum of 3 years in this position (appointed on or before July 1, 2016)
    • Tenure-track associate professor with a maximum of 3 years in this position (appointed on or after July 1, 2016)

Adjunct or acting positions are not eligible.

  • Commit a minimum of 80% of their time to conducting research.

Funding: $250,000 per year for five years (no indirects)
Deadline: Applications due March 1
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Melanoma Research Foundation (3 programs)
Program 1: CURE Ocular Melanoma Team Award (CURE OM TEAM)
Purpose: To support research focusing on ocular melanoma. Teams should consist of a PI and at least one co-PI, ideally from different institutions. Teams consisting of both basic scientists and clinicians are encouraged, as is the inclusion of a junior scientist.

Eligibility:

  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must have a title equivalent to Associate Professor or higher at the time of the grant submission.
  • PI is encouraged, although not required, to include a junior faculty member as part of the team.
  • PI is encouraged to establish teams consisting of basic scientists and clinicians.
  • Teams are expected to consist of a PI and at least one co-PI, ideally from different institutions.
  • International scientists may be eligible to participate in a Team Award as a co-PI or team member, but not as a PI. Prior to submission, the interested international team member should obtain specific approval from the Program Director.

Funding: $125,000 per year for 2 years
Deadline: Applications are due March 1
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Program 2: Established Investigator Awards
Purpose: To support researchers to continue research on emerging challenges in melanoma.
Eligibility: Applicants must have a title equivalent to Associate Professor or higher at the time of the grant submission. Both tenured and non-tenured track faculty are encouraged to apply.
Funding: $100,000 per year for 2 years
Deadline: Applications are due March 1
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Program 3: Career Development Awards
Purpose: To enable young researchers to generate the groundwork that can leverage additional grant funding from other funding bodies. This year, the MRF will also offer specific career development awards focused on Pediatric Melanoma (PED CDA) and Melanoma Brain Metastases (BM CDA).
Eligibility: Recipients must be either postdoctoral fellows with less than five years of postdoctoral experience or a research associate, instructor, assistant professor, or the equivalent.

  • For the Pediatric Melanoma CDA (PED CDA), the proposed research must focus on pediatric melanoma.
  • For the Melanoma Brain Metastases CDA (BM CDA), the proposed research must focus on cutaneous melanoma brain metastases. Although not mandatory, it is encouraged that the proposed research be specifically related to BRAF mutant melanoma brain metastases.

Funding: $50,000 per year for 2 years
Deadline: Applications are due March 1
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Sontag Foundation
Program: Distinguished Scientist Award
Purpose:  To provide career and research support to early career scientists who demonstrate outstanding promise for making scientific and medical breakthroughs in the field of brain cancer research.
Eligibility: Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in a discipline which can be brought to bear on the intractable disease, brain cancer and must have received their first independent faculty appointment no earlier than March 1, 2014.
Funding: $600,000 over four years ($19,500 per year in indirects)
Deadline: Applications are due March 13.
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The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (2 programs)
Program 1: Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award Overview

Purpose: To provide funding to basic scientists and clinicians who conduct research with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of one or more pediatric cancers.

Eligibility:

  • Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date. Applicants must not have been in their Sponsors’ labs for more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date and are expected to devote 100% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.
  • Physician-scientist applicants (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM or the equivalent) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, must be board eligible in the United States at the start date of the Damon Runyon-Sohn Fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-Sohn supported research activities. Applicants may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent); postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and clinical instructors are eligible to apply. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply. Candidates holding institutional K12 awards may apply, but must turn-back K12 funding if they are awarded a Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship.

Funding: $223,000 over 4 years (no indirects)
Deadline: Applications are due March 15.
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Program 2: Damon Runyon Fellowship Award
Purpose: To encourage all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention.
Eligibility:

  • Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date. Applicants must not have been in their Sponsors’ labs for more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date and are expected to devote 100% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.
  • Physician-scientist applicants (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM or the equivalent) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, must be board eligible in the United States at the start date of the Damon Runyon-Sohn Fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-Sohn supported research activities. Applicants may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent); postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and clinical instructors are eligible to apply. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply. Candidates holding institutional K12 awards may apply, but must turn-back K12 funding if they are awarded a Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship.

Funding: $223,000 over 4 years (no indirects)
Deadline: Applications are due March 15.
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Lady Tata Memorial Trust
Program: International Award
Purpose: To support research on leukemia. Awards are restricted to studies of leukemogenic agents, and the epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunology and genetic basis of leukemia and related diseases.
Funding: $32,000 -$ 45,000 for 1 year
Deadline: Applications are due March 15
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The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation (2 programs)
Program 1: Pediatric Brain Tumor Grant Awards
Purpose: To support research that improves our understanding of biology of pediatric brain tumors, the treatment of childhood brain tumors, and/or reduces or ameliorates tumor or treatment related sequelae.
Funding: $60,000 over 2 years (10% indirects) 
Deadline: Applications are due March 18
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Program 2: Pediatric Glioblastoma (pGBM) Research Award
Purpose: To support research that improves our understanding of biology of pediatric brain tumors, the treatment of childhood brain tumors, and/or reduces or ameliorates tumor or treatment related sequelae.
Funding: $40,000 for 1 year (10% indirects)
Deadline: Applications are due March 18
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Prostate Cancer Foundation
Program: 2019 Young Investigator Awards
Purpose: To develop gifted cohorts of young prostate cancer researchers. Priorities: bench to bedside translational research with the potential to deliver near-term benefit to patients. Highly innovative basic science projects will also be considered. Applicants with VA appointments are highly encouraged, as are projects that involve a VA medical center.
Eligibility: Applications are welcomed from early-career basic scientists, medical oncologists, pathologists, urologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, public health experts, bioinformaticians, bioengineers or professionals from any field that could contribute to the end of prostate cancer. While applicants need not be trained specifically in prostate cancer research, they must be:

  • postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates, Assistant Professors or the equivalent;
  • within six years following completion of a professional degree or subsequent mentored academic or clinical training program;
  • be under the direct supervision of at least one mentor; and
  • have no more than $200,000 in current research funding from all sources. (VA Career Development Awardees are excluded from this limit; though these awardees must have completed at least 3 years of this award at the time of application.)

Funding: $225,000 over 3 years (no indirects).
Deadline: Applications are due by 3 pm EST on March 18.
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Colorectal Cancer Alliance
Program: Colorectal Cancer Prevention Grant
Purpose: To support colorectal cancer prevention research through innovative projects that are expected to lead to future funding from other peer-reviewed sources.
Eligibility: An MD or PhD early career researchers and young investigators at the instructor, research scientist or assistant professor level is eligible. More senior researchers who have shifted their area of interest toward colorectal cancer research are also eligible.
Funding: $150,000 over 2 years (no indirects)
Deadline: Applications are due March 18
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Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation (2 programs)
Program 1: Myelodysplastic Syndromes Research (MDS) Fund Early Career Award
Purpose: To advance the understanding and treatment of MDS and related blood disorders and expands the foundation’s investments in supporting cutting-edge basic, translational and clinical MDS research with the potential to establish future standards of care and, ultimately, a cure.
Eligibility: Investigators must be <5 years from completing their fellowship training or postdoctoral program, and/or have been previously been awarded an RO1 grant or its equivalent.
Funding: $125,000/year for 2 years
Deadline: LOIs accepted on a rolling basis and proposals will be invited on a quarterly basis.
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Program 2: Myelodysplastic Syndromes Research (MDS) Established Investigator Award
Purpose: To advance the understanding and treatment of MDS and related blood disorders and expands the foundation’s investments in supporting cutting-edge basic, translational and clinical MDS research with the potential to establish future standards of care and, ultimately, a cure.
Eligibility: Investigators must be 5+ years from completing their fellowship training or postdoctoral program, or previously received an Early Career Award from the foundation or an RO1 grant or its equivalent.
Funding: $250,000/year over 2 years
Deadline: LOIs accepted on a rolling basis and proposals will be invited on a quarterly basis.
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BU’s Office of Foundation Relations can assist faculty in preparing and submitting applications. If you plan to pursue any of these funding opportunities, please contact Katharine Canfield, BUSM Director of Foundation Relations at kcanfiel@bu.edu, so applications can be coordinated and tracked.