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Request for Proposals: NCCN Foundation® Young Investigator Awards

The NCCN Foundation® is pleased to announce the 2014 Young Investigator Awards (YIA) Requests for Proposals (RFP). This is the fourth consecutive year that the YIA program is being opened to young investigators from NCCN Member Institutions. The awards provide grants of $150,000 over a two-year period for research initiatives focused on assessing and improving outcomes in cancer care. Each NCCN Member Institution may nominate up to two candidates to be considered for a YIA grant.

The deadline for application is March 24, 2014. All submissions will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel of oncology experts. Awardees will be selected based on several key components, including, but not limited to, scientific merit and study design. The studies will be managed and overseen by the NCCN Oncology Research Program (ORP).

Since its inception in 2011, NCCN Foundation YIA grants have been received by 13 individuals. Last year, four researchers received awards. Awardee Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, focused on sentinel lymph node positivity rates for breast cancer and melanoma: an opportunity to improve quality and enhance the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines In Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®); and Yiping He, PhD, Assistant Professor, Duke Cancer Institute, concentrated on genetic approaches for analyzing the role of aberrant MLL2 in tumorigenesis. The research initiative of Phillip Pierorazio, MD, Chief Resident, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, involves a prospective registry of delayed intervention and surveillance for small renal masses (DISSRM); while Sue Yom, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, focused on the acceptability and effectiveness of a novel internet-based decision-making aid based on the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

Next month, NCCN will feature abstracts highlighting the work of the 2012 recipients of the NCCN Foundation YIA at the NCCN General Poster Session during the NCCN 19th Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer Care™. For more information about the NCCN Foundation YIA and to learn about previous awardees, please visit