Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Fellowship Award
Application due on or before: August 15, 2013
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has joined together with the Sohn Conference Foundation, dedicated to curing pediatric cancers, to establish the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award. This award provides 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.
Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a Sponsor—a scientist (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the Fellow. In addition to aiding in the planning, execution and supervision of the proposed research, the Sponsor’s role is to foster the development of the Fellow’s overall knowledge, technical and analytical skills, and capacity for scientific inquiry. The Sponsor is also expected to assist the Fellow in attaining his/her career goals.
Awards are made to institutions for the support of the Fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor. Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.
The primary criteria used to evaluate applicants are:
potential impact of the research on pediatric cancer
the quality of the research proposal (importance of the problem, originality of approach, appropriateness of techniques and clarity of presentation)
the qualifications, experience and productivity of both the candidate and the Sponsor
the quality of the research training environment in which the proposed research is to be conducted and its potential for broadening and strengthening the candidate’s ability to conduct innovative and substantive research. The proposed research and training environment should represent a new opportunity for the candidate to expand his/her scientific skill set. Direct extensions of the candidate’s graduate work (in approach, technique or exact area of study) will not be funded.
Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowships are granted for a three-year term with second- and third-year funding contingent upon satisfactory progress reports. Fellows in their first- and third-years of funding will attend Damon Runyon Fellows’ Retreats designed to foster collaboration and interaction between scientists working in different fields relevant to cancer.
All fellowship awards are approved by the Board of Directors of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation acting upon the recommendation of the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award Committee.
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