OSP FO# 11-238

AGENCY: American Cancer Society (ACS)

PROGRAM: American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to support the initial careers of recent doctoral recipients as they transition to an independent career in cancer research. The American Cancer Society funds high impact, innovative, cancer-related research across a wide variety of disciplines to meet critically important needs in the control of cancer. Research areas supported by this program include basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services, and health policy research. A special initiative of the American Cancer Society’s Extramural Research Grant Program seeks to fund projects that address the disparity in cancer mortality among the poor and underserved.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Applicants must have obtained their doctoral degree and must have less than four years of postdoctoral training at the time of award activation. Applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship must be endorsed by the applicant’s proposed mentor and the head of the department in which the training will be conducted.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2011 and April 1, 2012. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted the following business day (October 17, 2011 and April 2, 2012).

FUNDING INFORMATION: Applicants may apply for one-, two-, or three-year awards. As of the activation date awardees with 0 to 2 years of previous postdoctoral experience are eligible for three years of ACS fellowship support. Awardees with 2 to 3 years previous postdoctoral experience are eligible for two years of support. Awardees with 3 to 4 years of previous experience are eligible for one year of support from ACS.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship award consists of a progressive stipend of $44,000 for year one, $46,000 for year two and $48,000 for year three. $4,000 per year may be requested to help defray costs incurred at the fellow’s training institution for the benefit of the fellow. Examples of such costs are: health insurance, travel to scientific meetings, etc. Institutional indirect costs may not be recovered from these funds. Depending on availability of special endowment funds, the Society annually selects one or more of the top-ranked fellowships to be supplemented above the standard stipend.

AGENCY CONTACT:
American Cancer Society, Inc.
National Home Office
Extramural Grants Department
250 William Street, NW, 6th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1002
Telephone: (404) 329-7558
Fax: (404) 417-5974
Email grants@cancer.org
Web: http://www.cancer.org/Research/ResearchProgramsFunding/FundingOpportunities/index

REMARKS: Applicants must submit both paper copies and an electronic copy using the ACS electronic application submission site, ProposalCENTRAL (https://proposalcentral.altum.com/). Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the ProposalCENTRAL system.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.