The award funds may be used innovatively and flexibly to advance the career and research efforts of the awardee. This for example, includes funding “protected time” or direct costs for laboratory science. This award does not support indirect costs such as institutional overhead. Every PCF Young Investigator is required to be under the direct supervision of 1-3 mentors. Young Investigator awardees are required to attend the Annual PCF Scientific Retreat and Young Investigator Forum, typically held in October, throughout the duration of their award.
Research proposals addressing disparities in care experienced by patients with prostate cancer may focus on implementation research in various populations (e.g. urban vs rural, racial, geographic or financial) or in drivers of care and outcome disparities that could potentially be addressed through changes in policy, advocacy or education. Applicants are encouraged to solicit and integrate advice from patients, patient support groups or advocates. Letters of support demonstrating such relationships are recommended.