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Fellowships to USA Doctoral and Postdoctoral Candidates for Research on Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer Informatics and Data Science Research Fellowship

GrantWatch ID# 207188
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/15/23 Noon EST Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA graduate students in eligible fields and recent PhD graduates in postdoctoral positions at qualified institutions for research on pancreatic cancer. Funding is intended to support projects based on computational and/or data science research. Proposed projects should include the use of PanCAN patient health data in the SPARK platform.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s competitive Research Grants Program funds promising and meritorious research on pancreatic cancer. The organization’s grantmaking strategy recognizes the need to maintain a pipeline of researchers at various stages in their careers dedicated to studying pancreatic cancer and acknowledges an urgency to accelerate scientific and medical breakthroughs that benefit patients. 

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Cancer Informatics & Data Science Research Fellowship represents an effort to encourage and support doctoral and/or postdoctoral candidates to apply computational and data science approaches to available pancreatic cancer data to support important biological and/or clinical hypotheses in the field. The grants will provide funding over two years to a graduate student and/or postdoctoral fellow that will apply computational and/or data science methods to problems in pancreatic cancer research. The research proposed for funding should leverage PanCAN patient health data in the SPARK platform, and applicants are highly encouraged to submit proposals that also leverage the applicant’s own relevant data as well as other publicly available pancreatic cancer data. The fundamental biological questions tackled must have direct applicability and relevance to pancreatic cancer.

Grantees are encouraged to work under the mentorship of an interdisciplinary team of computational scientists, cancer biologists and/or clinical oncologists to address questions in pancreatic cancer.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be either currently enrolled in a doctoral program in the biomedical sciences or in a field applicable to health science research at a U.S. university (graduate students) or be recent PhD graduates (within the past 5 years) currently in a postdoctoral position at a U.S. university.

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2023, applicants must:
• Be currently enrolled in a PhD or MD/PhD program at a U.S. university (for graduate students) or be a recent PhD or MD graduate (within the past 5 years) and currently in a postdoctoral position at a U.S. university.
• Work at an academic, medical or research institution within the United States; there are no citizenship requirements. However, by submitting an application, an applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident assures that their visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term within the United States.

Pre-Application Information
- Applications are due March 15, 2023, by noon Eastern Standard Time.
- Funding decisions are anticipated by May 2023.
- Start of grant term is July 1, 2023.

Grant recipients are expected to attend the PanCAN Annual Scientific Summit. The meeting location and dates are to be determined.

For questions regarding eligibility, contact PanCAN’s Research Grants Department before submitting an application.

Number of Grants
It is anticipated that two grants will be funded: one for a graduate student and one for a postdoctoral fellow

Estimated Size of Grant
Stipend salary levels for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows with 0-5 years of experience are as determined by the National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend level released May 13, 2022.

Institutional allowance for training-related expenses (e.g., administrative support, health insurance, and research supplies) for each trainee:
• Predoctoral—$4,400 per year at non-federal, public and private, non-profit institutions and $3,300 per year for federal and for-profit institutions.
• Postdoctoral—$11,950 per year at non-federal, public and private, non-profit institutions and $10,850 per year for federal and for-profit institutions.

An additional $5,000/year is allowed for research-related costs, including computational costs, computer hardware or software, or attendance at a scientific conference.

Grant recipients not only receive financial support for their funded research, but also join the Community for Progress built by PanCAN to achieve the goal of increasing survival and improving patient outcomes. PanCAN mentorship program connects grantees with leading scientists in the field. Ongoing career support activities offer opportunities for education and professional development to help keep the PanCAN community of researchers committed and involved.

Term of Contract
Two years

Contact Information
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Inquiries about the 2023 Cancer Informatics & Data Science Research Fellowship guidelines and application materials should be directed to

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