The Cancer Institute offers annual internal funding opportunities specifically for cancer research projects. UAMS additionally offers a variety of internal funding opportunities that are available, but not restricted to, cancer researchers. External funding opportunities of note to cancer researchers may also be highlighted in this section.

UAMS 2019 Medical Research Endowment Awards

RFP Released June 6, 2018
Application Deadline is July 20, 2018

The Medical Research Endowment (MRE) Fund was established in 1982 to stimulate and support research programs of UAMS faculty.

The purpose of the MRE awards is to provide pilot funding for research that has the potential to develop into extramurally funded, scientifically significant research projects. Program support is focused on new areas of research for young faculty investigators and new avenues of research for mature investigators.

One year grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to full-time faculty in broad fields of investigative study, including biomedical, scientific, educational, clinical, and health services area. Please review the application guidelines and the NIH biographical sketch format carefully.

Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Hematology/Oncology

RFP Released June 11, 2018
Application Deadline is September 7, 2018

The Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Hematology/Oncology supports innovative scientific research that will advance knowledge in the field of hematology/oncology, with a focus on hematologic malignancies.

The awards provide financial support to 3 junior faculty researchers in Canada or the United States for a 2-year period. Each award is funded up to $130,000, to be paid in annual installments of up to $65,000 per year for 2 years. The Committee and Gilead Sciences, Inc. recognize the importance and value of basic and clinical research in the field of hematology/oncology.

Lung Cancer Research Foundation Invites Applications for Research Projects

RFA Released  April 12, 2018
Application Deadline is July 2, 2018

Grants of up to $150,000 over two years will be awarded to projects focused on basic science, translational research, clinical research, supportive care, and/or quality of care/outcomes….   The mission of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation is to improve and save lives by funding groundbreaking research focused on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and finding a cure for lung cancer.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for lung cancer research projects from institutions of all sizes — both nationally and internationally. Grants of up to $75,000 over two years will be awarded to projects focused on basic science, translational research, clinical research, supportive care, and/or quality of care/outcomes.

To be eligible, applicants must be a junior investigator (e.g., graduate student, medical student, postdoctoral fellow), senior faculty (e.g., assistant/associate/full professor), physician, and/or nurse researcher.

Children’s Leukemia Research Association Seeks Applications for Research Projects

RFP  Released December 9, 2017;
Application Deadline is June 30, 2018

Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to well-designed research projects focused on isolating the causes of and finding a cure for childhood leukemia. The Children’s Leukemia Research Association, also known as the National Leukemia Research Association, was founded in 1965 to support research efforts focused on finding the causes of and a cure for Leukemia. To that end, CLRA is seeking applications from investigators for promising research projects in the area of childhood leukemia.

Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to promising projects focused on isolating the causes of and finding a cure for childhood leukemia. Funding from other sources is permissible, but CLRA funding objectives should not duplicate those of other sources.

Any doctor at the Ph.D. or MD level involved in research on finding the causes of and/or a cure for leukemia may apply.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the CLRA website.

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Invites Applications for Physician-Scientist Training Award

RFP Released April 3, 2018
Application Deadline is December 3, 2018

The annual program provides physicians who wish to pursue a career in cancer research with the opportunity for a protected research training experience under the mentorship of a highly qualified mentor after they have completed their clinical training.The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is accepting applications to its new Physician-Scientist Training Award program.

The goals of the program are to transform these individuals into physician-scientists capable of conducting research that has the potential to transform the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of cancer; and to eliminate the financial disincentive to embarking on such a career path.

The award program will provide up to $460,000 over four years in financial support. In addition, the foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any outstanding medical school debt owed by a grant recipient.

To be eligible, physician-scientist applicants (MDs only) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, be U.S. Specialty Board eligible prior to the award start date, and be able to devote at least 80 percent of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research. 

Broad Area Announcement (BAA) by FDA for Extramural Funding Opportunities

BAA Released February 14, 2018 and will remain “open until further notice”

Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer

RFP Released September 5, 2017; Application Deadlines vary.

The Rivkin Center out of Seattle, WA offers multiple streams of funding to support ovarian cancer across the country. Please follow the link for current requests for eligibility, (varies with grant type) applications, guidelines, and forms.

College of Medicine Intramural Grant Program

Awards are made only to full-time faculty members (including VA appointments) of the College of Medicine who are at the rank of instructor or above. Fellows, postdocs, and individuals in temporary positions are not eligible. Individuals at the level of instructor require a letter from the department Chairperson confirming that the individual is not in a temporary position and that the department intends to develop the individual as a faculty member. Recipients may hold only one College of Medicine Intramural Grant at a time. Individual programs have additional eligibility requirements that are described below. Eligible faculty members may submit only one application per deadline on which they are Principal Investigator.  Learn More