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2019 Young Innovators Team Awards (YITA)

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Research
Teams for Innovative Lung Cancer Research

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Funding Source:

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GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer and Van Auken Private Foundation (VAPF)

Deadline Date:

07/15/19 11:59 PM PT


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International research teams for innovative lung cancer research. Funding is intended to support creative multidisciplinary, translational, and collaborative research projects. The goal of the program is to find young, “out-of-the-box” researchers who can deliver significant and measurable results that move toward the goal of making lung cancer a chronically managed disease. Teams will be comprised of at least two young innovators who will drive the research project and will be guided by mentors at their institutions.

The focal key words of this funding mechanism are:
- Out-of-the-box: High-risk, high-impact research that will typically not be selected for federal funding, is creative and has potential for near-term benefit to lung cancer researchers
- Translational: Research with outcomes that can be quickly moved from the lab to the clinic, or from the bench to bedside
- Multi-Disciplinary: Projects that involve multiple academic disciplines/specializations in their approach to solve a problem in the field of lung cancer
- Collaborative: Research that fosters collaboration among young researchers who haven’t worked together in the past, preferably across institutions preferred

Lung cancer patient-oriented research in the following topic areas is preferred (however, all submissions will be evaluated). Patient-oriented research: Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes:
- Early detection and screening using novel, validated biomarkers
- Targeting the tumor microenvironment-combination strategies
- Biomarkers for response to immunotherapeutics
- Small Cell Lung Cancer: identifying and targeting specific underlying genomic abnormalities
- Causative factors in non-smokers

Key Criteria:
- Relevance to lung cancer patients: The proposed research must deliver a meaningful and measurable result that will help move towards our goal of making lung cancer a chronically managed disease.
- Innovation, creativity, quality and originality of proposed transformative research: Novel approaches with strong scientific rationale and clear capacity to revolutionize prevention, early diagnosis, staging, or treatment for patients with lung cancer or for individuals at risk are encouraged.
- Scientific merit: Outstanding and rigorous proposals that present an appropriate, feasible and adequate experimental design/methodology and measurable outcomes as determined by peer review.
- Potential for rapid translation to clinical testing and patient benefit: Proposals that articulate a clear path to clinical application will be strongly favored.
- Key Criterion for Go2 Team Science Awards: Collaborative and multidisciplinary emphasis: Meaningful collaboration between two or more PIs with complementary expertise that offers the possibility for synergistic advances. Research groups may be within the same institution, or inter-institutional.
- Research Environment and Investigator capability
- Structured Mentorship Plan (for additional information, see the Guidelines in Pre-Application Information, below).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183799

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Young Innovators Team Award will provide up to a total of $250,000 per team over a duration of 2-3 years.

Term of Contract:

- Award Start Date: November 1, 2019
- Award End Date: November 1, 2021 or November 1, 2022 (depending on the proposal)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Each Young Innovators Team Award team must be composed of at least 2 young investigators who hold a faculty appointment at an academic research institution within or outside the United States at the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) or above. All team members must be within five years of their first faculty appointment.
- Investigators representing non-profit academic research centers worldwide are eligible to apply. Investigators from for-profit companies and government-sponsored institutions, i.e. NIH, are ineligible.
- Individuals employed by federal government agencies may participate in research proposals as non-funded collaborators, but may not apply for direct funding.
- The Young Innovators Team may be assembled from one institution, or several institutions worldwide. However, the selection and review process will place higher weighting upon teams that foster multi-institutional, trans-disciplinary collaboration.
- Investigators need not be specifically trained in lung cancer research; however, they should be working in an environment capable of conducting high quality, high impact lung cancer research.
- Investigators must be able to show clear evidence of an independent research program.
- Multiple applications will be accepted from a single institution, provided that each application has a different PI and represents a distinct hypothesis.
- An investigator may serve as a PI on only one proposal.
- Documentation of an equal in-kind level of support from the young investigator’s institution will be requested in the form of dedicated time, space, equipment, institutional overhead, core institutional resources, etc. The documentation required is a letter from the Cancer Center Director or Departmental Chairperson, which confirms institutional commitment to the career development of the Young Innovator, for the entire duration of the award. The letter must specify the percentage of total time committed to research, the applicant will devote to this project under consideration.

Pre-Application Information:

The application form should be completed online by Principal Investigator between May 31, 2019 and July 15, 2019.

Please note that technical assistance is only available until 5:00 PM PT on July 15, 2019.

Key dates:
- RFA Announcement: May 31, 2019
- Online submission portal begins accepting applications: May 31, 2019
- Application Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM PT, July 15, 2018
- Peer Review Round 1: August 15, 2019
- Peer Review Round 2: Top 2-3 applicants present to the Scientific Review Committee/in-person review: October 15, 2019
- Award Announcements: October 31, 2019
- Award Start Date: November 1, 2019
- Award End Date: November 1, 2021 or November 1, 2022, depending on the proposal


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Please direct questions to Dr. Amy Moore at

GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer
1100 Industrial Road #1
San Carlos, CA 94070

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