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Benefits and Services

Yale Cancer Center Members benefit from involvement in the Center in a number of ways:
  • Priority access and discounts/subsidies to defray the cost of Shared Resources
  • Integration into one of six interdisciplinary Research Programs
  • Opportunities for Intramural Funding Awards
  • Invitations to scientific conferences, retreats, seminars, symposiums
  • Administrative resources
  • Scientific Publication Program
  • Access to dedicated staff in marketing, communications, development, and public affairs
  • Clinical Trials Office for cancer research

Shared Resources

Led by David F. Stern, PhD, Associate Cancer Center Director for Shared Resources, Yale Cancer Center has seven Shared Resources that provide access for Center members to technologies, services, and scientific consultations that facilitate scientific interactions and enhance scientific productivity.


Through our six interdisciplinary Research Programs, members discover areas of joint interest and effort. Lab-based scientists, clinical investigators, and population scientists are all encouraged to connect across departments and areas of study to find innovative ways of treating, controlling, and preventing cancer.

Funding Support

The Yale Cancer Center Pilot Awards program has disbursed nearly $9 million dollars since 2016 to promising projects in cancer research, and historically, has a large return on investment. The Pilot Award competition is open only to YCC members. View Funding Opportunities here
Current Funding:

Lion Heart Grants
  • Funding amount based on fundraising annually done by Lion Hearts
  • For Yale Cancer Center members only
  • To support breast cancer research
  • Committee of Yale Cancer Center members and Lion Heart members review and select grant recipients
  • Administered by Rachel Greenup

SPORE in Skin Cancer Program Awards
Enhance the development of multidisciplinary studies investigating the relevance of biological discoveries in human skin cancer risk, prevention, diagnosis, prognosis or treatment.

SPORE in Head and Neck Cancer Program Awards
Identify and fund innovative pilot projects that possess translational potential to make an impact in the field of head & neck cancer.

SPORE in Lung Cancer Program Awards
Developing the next generation of investigators and encouraging established investigators in other fields to pursue studies on lung cancer.

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V Foundation Pediatric Cancer Grants
  • The nominee must be nominated by their Cancer Center Director if the research institution is a cancer center. If the research institution is not a cancer center, then the department chair or other senior research administrative official who is responsible for the internal nominee
  • Applicant must be employed at a non-profit research institution
  • Administered by Lakshmanan Krishnamurti

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants
  • $40,000 for one year
  • For assistant professors only
  • Prior national research grant disqualifies
  • Three awards per year
  • Usually reviewed in December
  • Administered by Dan DiMaio
American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants - URM
  • $40,000 for one year
  • For assistant professors only
  • Prior national research grant disqualifies
  • One award per year
  • Usually reviewed in December/January
  • Administered by Dan DiMaio

Rausch Foundation Grants in Community Health
  • $30,000-$50,000 for one year
  • Population science focus
  • Priority to projects with impact to New Haven
  • Administered by Melinda Irwin

YCC Pilot Grants
  • $50,000 for one year
  • All YCC members eligible to apply
  • Specific project proposed by individual investigator
  • Seven or eight awards per year, distributed among all seven research programs
  • Usually reviewed in Spring
  • Administered by David Stern
  • For more information, please contact Ashley McCaherty

Leslie Warner Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • $50,000 for one year
  • Fellows working in YCC member laboratories eligible to apply
  • Must be in first year of fellowship
  • Four awards every other year
  • Usually reviewed in fall
  • Review organized by Karen Anderson

Tina Brozman Ovarian Cancer Pilot Grants

  • Preference for Yale School of Public Health members
  • Usually reviewed in fall
  • Review organized by Yong Zhu

Team Challenge Awards

An internal grant program focused on advancing the work of teams who seek to address a fundamental research priority that aligns and/or has the potential to successfully extend YCC strategic goals.

Class of '61 Cancer Research Award

This annual prize recognizes significant accomplishment in cancer research at Yale University by a young member of the faculty, coupled with the expectation for future outstanding contributions to our understanding of the causes of cancer and to the development of novel cancer treatments.

Administrative Resources

YCC Members enjoy access to our administrative resources and personnel including pre-award support for team science and other grant applications, Translational Research Office, Early Drug Development Program, YCC event planning and staffing, and communications needs. View our Budget form here.

The Scientific Publication Program

Free editing services provided to Yale Cancer Center members for grants, journal or book articles, and other manuscripts. This program has been generously provided by The Sands Family Foundation.