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The Diversity Enhancement Program in Oncology is an initiative established by the Section of Medical Oncology at YCC. The Program is designed to foster underrepresented in medicine (URiM) trainees’ interest in careers in hematology/medical oncology (heme/onc) and to build a pipeline to bring URiM candidates to the YCC Heme/Onc Fellowship Program and YCC-Advanced T32 Training Program for Physician-Scientists.

Application Deadline: April 29, 2022


Provide support of up to $50,000 for a translational pilot project focused on disparities-related cancer research in the field of Head and Neck and/or Lung cancer. Despite major progress in reducing cancer deaths and cancer incidence in the United States of America, health disparities exist across the country. Research in cancer disparities studies the differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of cancer and related adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the U.S. These include American Indians / Alaskan Natives, Asian Americans, Black/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, sexual and gender minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and underserved rural populations.

Award Amounts: Up to $50,000 for one year commencing August 1, 2022.

Purpose: To provide seed money to investigators to support studies with a strong translational or clinical component that have the potential to evolve into, or be incorporated into, a full Yale SPORE project in either the Yale SPORE in Lung Cancer (YSILC) or Yale Head and Neck SPORE (YHN-SPORE). Projects with multi-disciplinary collaborations and community-based participatory research studies are encouraged.

Eligibility: Open to investigators who hold a faculty appointment at an academic institution who fall into one of the following categories:

1. Established investigators in lung or head and neck cancer who wish to address a translational question - not funded by current or pending grants/funds - related to cancer health disparities.

2. Junior investigators holding a faculty appointment proposing innovative research in the arena of cancer health disparities that require preliminary data to apply for an R01 or equivalent research support.

3. Independent investigators with a previous and/or current R01 or equivalent funding whose research to date has not been specifically directed at lung or head and neck cancer, or even at cancer more generally, but who are interested in exploring the applicability of their particular expertise to these cancer types in a translational cancer health disparities related project.

Women and minority investigators are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Timeline: Letters of intent are due: April 29, 2022

Full applications are due: July 1, 2022

LOIs and full applications should be submitted online at: https://yale.infoready4.com/


LUNGevity Foundation Awards for 2022

Health Equity and Inclusiveness Research Fellow Award Program : This program supports fellows who belong to underrepresented minorities in STEM who are interested in lung cancer research. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree and be pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship and plan to pursue a career in lung cancer. This is a mentored award.

Health Equity and Inclusiveness Junior Investigator Research Award Program: This program supports physician-scientists from underrepresented minorities interested in conducting lung cancer clinical research and bridging health disparities by engaging underserved communities or underrepresented minorities. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree, be within the first five years of their first faculty appointment, and have completed a training fellowship. This is a mentored award.

Pierre Massion Young Investigator Award for Early Detection Research: This award will support a young investigator from underrepresented minorities in STEM who is interested in early detection of lung cancer. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree, be within the first five years of their first faculty appointment, and have completed a training fellowship. This is a one-year mentored award.

Application Deadlines: May 9, 2022 lungevity.org/apply-for-grant or proposalcentral.com. Direct any questions to Margery Jacobson at mjacobson@lungevity.org.



Term: One-year
Amount: $50,000

This fellowship supports the development of a female immunotherapy expert who has an MD, a PhD or a combined MD/PhD with a vested interest in furthering research in cancer immunotherapy. Priority will be given to female applicants who identify as part of the underrepresented populations in the biomedical sciences.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2022


Term: One-year
Amount: $50,000

This fellowship supports Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences with an MD, a PhD or combined MD/PhD and a vested interest in furthering the research and translation of cancer immunotherapy.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2022




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