Due to the COVID-19 pandemic impact on LLS fundraising activities, the Career Development Program will not be open for submission of new applications in 2020.
See the Guidelines & Instructions for each award category listed in the sections below.
Breif descriptions of each category are provided below. Please refer to the Eligibility Outline in the next section or the Guidelines & Instructions for each category to determine which category is most appropriate for your application.
Award: $120,000 per year for five years
Requirements: The Scholar award supports rising stars in the blood cancer research field. You must be a highly qualified investigator who has shown a capacity for independent, sustained, original investigation in the field of hematologic malignancies. You should hold an independent faculty-level position and should have obtained substantial support for your research from a national agency.
Scholar in Clinical Research
Award: $125,000 per year for five years
Eligibility was recently expanded to include any permanent, independent, clinical faculty who are not on a laboratory-based, tenure-track career path (those with tenure-track positions are still eligible). The research support requirement is expanded to include funding from any source that adequately supports the research. Protected time for research is now defined to be in the range of 20-40%. Some of the award may be used for salaries of other personnel who are directly connected with the clinical research activities of the applicant.
**Please refer to the Guidelines & Instructions for more details regarding changes to the eligibility criteria if applying to this sub-program.
Requirements: You must be a highly qualified investigator who holds an independent faculty-level appointment and is conducting original, independent applied research, often involving early-stage clinical trials that will advance the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of hematologic malignancies. The research should be related to your clinical activities, and must involve patients. You're expected to have concomitant support for your research from another source or agency.
Investigators who are primarily laboratory-based, and/or who are working on primarily blood cancer model systems rather than patients, are not eligible for the Scholar in Clinical Research Award, and should consider the Scholar Award.
Award: $67,000 per year for two or three years
Requirements: You must be a highly qualified postdoctoral fellow or instructor who's completed a minimum of 2.5 years of postdoctoral research training and is in a mentored research position, continuing a research program of direct relevance to hematological malignancies and/or relevant pre-malignant conditions. In addition, your Sponsor(s) must be have the appropriate experience to mentor you as you engage in blood cancer-relevant research. This award provides you with the opportunity to continue building a research program that will make you competitive for an independent position by the end of the award funding period.
Note: The Special Fellow in Clinical Research sub-program will not run this year.
Award: $60,000 per year for three years
Requirements: You must be a promising investigator with less than 2.5 years of postdoctoral research training. This award encourages you to embark on an academic career involving basic or translational research in hematologic malignancies and/or relevant premalignant conditions under a research sponsor's direction. The proposal must be directly relevant to hematological malignancies and/or relevant pre-malignant conditions. In addition, your Sponsor(s) must be have the appropriate experience to mentor you as you engage in research of direct relevance to blood cancer.
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