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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Scientists at Universities, Hospitals, and Research Institutions to Research Biological Systems

Damon Runyon Quantitative Biology Fellowship Award


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
190807

Funding Source
CANCER RESEARCH FUND OF THE DAMON RUNYON-WALTER WINCHELL FOUNDATION
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All USA
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/23 4:00 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International quantitative scientists at universities, hospitals, and research institutions to research biological systems. Fellows should hold one or more of the following degrees or the equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, and DO. The program is intended to encourage scientists, trained in fields such as mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, and/or a related field, to pursue research careers in computational biology under the joint mentorship of leaders in both computational science (“dry lab”) and cancer biology (“wet lab”).

Computational biologists apply theoretical principles and develop analysis and inference methods to decipher and understand biological systems. They are experts in quantitative approaches, data science and algorithms, while also having in-depth knowledge of complex biological processes. Particularly in cancer biology, there is a growing need for computational biology leaders with expertise and understanding in both quantitative and biological sciences.

The purpose of the Damon Runyon Quantitative Biology Fellowship is to identify computational scientists who innovatively combine quantitative analyses and modeling to solve biological questions. To achieve this goal the award program will support computational scientists who are deeply connected to biology labs so that they can bring their computational skills to bear on important biological questions, particularly in cancer. Additionally, the proposed mentored research training must reflect the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent cancer research scientist.

This award program encourages scientists, trained in fields such as mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, and/or a related field, to pursue research careers in computational biology under the joint mentorship of leaders in both computational science (“dry lab”) and cancer biology (“wet lab”). By investing in this area, Damon Runyon will bring additional attention to the importance of these specially trained scientists for making meaningful progress in cancer biology.

Damon Runyon Fellowship awards are intended for full-time research. Physician-scientists must devote their principal time (at least 80 percent) to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. Activities constituting the remaining 20 percent of time should be clearly specified in the application and in the annual progress report.

Funds are to be used for stipend and/or research expenses.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility:
Open to computational scientists with an interest in the intersection between quantitative biology, data science and cancer research. Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: PhD, MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO. The applicant must include a copy of their diploma to confirm date of conferral. If an applicant has not yet received their PhD diploma but has successfully completed all PhD requirements, including PhD defense, they may submit a letter from the graduate school explicitly stating such, with the date of the successful PhD defense and date of degree conferral. Applicants require two committed Mentors, one from the field of computational science (“dry lab”) and one from the area of cancer biology (“wet lab”).

Level 1: Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than five years prior to the application deadline date* and may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent). Applicants must not have been in their Mentors' labs for more than 24 months prior to the application deadline date and are expected to devote 100% of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. No other postdoctoral fellowships can be held concurrently.
*The applicant must include a copy of their diploma to confirm date of conferral. (See Deadlines chart.)

Level 2: Physician-scientist applicants (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO 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 Fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. Applicants may not have had more than five years of postdoctoral laboratory research experience and 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. No other postdoctoral fellowships can be held concurrently. 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 Quantitative Biology Fellowship.

The proposed research must be conducted at a university, hospital or research institution.

Candidates working in a structured postdoctoral research program at a for-profit institution may apply. If awarded, the for-profit institution will pay the Fellow's salary directly.

Candidates applying to work in foreign-based or United States government laboratories may be awarded a fellowship if the program represents an unusual opportunity for postdoctoral training.

Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the United States.

Applicants must not have been in their Mentors’ labs for more than 24 months prior to the application deadline date.

Ineligible
Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

Postdoctoral training in the same institution in which the applicant received their degree is discouraged, particularly if it is in the same department. If either situation applies, the applicant must address the reason(s) in their application. Proposals to continue training in the laboratory where the applicant received their PhD will not be considered. Proposals that are direct extensions of graduate work will not be funded.

Damon Runyon Fellows are not permitted to pursue additional degrees during the course of their fellowship.

No part of this grant can be used for indirect costs or institutional overheard.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Application due on or before: December 1, 2023, by 4:00 PM Eastern Time
- Degree conferred between*: December 1, 2018 - December 1, 2023
- Joined Mentor's Lab on or after: December 1, 2021
- Selection meeting date: February 23, 2024
- Award begins first day of: April, May, or June 2024
*Include a copy of diploma to confirm date of conferral.

Application Guidelines: https://www.damonrunyon.org/for-scientists/application-guidelines/quantitative/forms

FAQs: https://www.damonrunyon.org/for-scientists/faq

For additional relevant links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Year 1: Stipend: $76,000; Expenses: $2,000
- Year 2: Stipend: $78,000; Expenses: $2,000
- Year 3: Stipend: $80,000; Expenses: $2,000

The Foundation will provide a Dependent Child Allowance of $1,000 per child per year. There is no allowance for a spouse.

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any qualifying medical school debt still owed by the awardee. Payment will be made annually over the course of the award.
Note: Qualified candidates must first apply to the NIH Loan Repayment Program in order to be eligible for loan repayment from Damon Runyon.

Term of Contract
The award will be for a period of three years.

Contact Information
Apply Online: http://proposalcentral.com/

Award Programs
212.455.0520
awards@damonrunyon.org

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
One Exchange Plaza
55 Broadway, Suite 302
New York, NY 10006

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