About the NCCN Foundation® Young Investigator Awards

The NCCN Foundation® Young Investigator Awards (YIA) provide two-year grants of $75,000, per annum, for research expenses to promising young investigators across a board range of oncology specialties and areas of interest. The NCCN Foundation releases the Request for Proposals only to the NCCN Member Institutions, which include 25 of the world’s leading cancer centers with world-renowned experts that diagnose and treat patients from a spectrum of subspecialties.

The NCCN Foundation YIA Program works with these experts to identify and nominate the most promising young investigators representing the NCCN Member Institutions. They function as mentors for their nominees and help to guide their cutting edge research. Review committee members are drawn from the NCCN Member Institutions and have expertise in the broad spectrum of clinical and nursing research areas for the YIA. Their expertise is supplemented by NCCN senior staff with background in guidelines development, outcomes research, and biostatistics. Review committee members recuse themselves from reviewing applications from their own establishments.

Unlike many other YIA programs, administration of the NCCN Foundation YIA program and monitoring of the young investigators is conducted by the NCCN Oncology Research Program (ORP). Their incredible expertise and robust experience working with the NCCN Member Institutions ensure that research is supported using best practices.

We request that the young investigators share their research results with their own cancer centers through grand rounds, tumor boards, and other appropriate venues. Abstracts are published in JNCCN — Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network or another peer-reviewed publication. Both the NCCN ORP and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) standards are used by the YIA Grants Selection Review Committee to review and score proposals received in response to the Request for Proposals.

Since their inception in 2011, NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards have been received by 18 individuals. In March 2014, NCCN featured abstracts highlighting the work of the second series of Young Investigator Awardees at the NCCN General Poster Sessions during the NCCN 19th Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer Care™. The 2012 recipients’ research contributed to a number of critical areas in oncology including, but not limited to quality improvement in oncology care, the role of genetics in tumorigenesis, delayed intervention and surveillance in cancer treatment, and internet-based decision-making based on the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®. The outcomes of this research, funded through the NCCN Foundation, illuminate the impact of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) in improving the lives of people with cancer.

The 2015 RFP is expected to be released in November 2014.

The following links contain information about past recipients of the NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards since its founding in 2011.

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