Funding Opportunities

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Intramural Funding

The UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center facilitates multiple intramural funding programs, including for seed grant, tumor specific projects, fellowships, and more. To administer these funding programs, we've established an online funding portal where you can learn about the different opportunities available to you, as well as download and submit applications

Called UCLA Bruin Learn, click the button below to access the portal. A one-time registration is required and you will need a UCLA Logon ID to use Bruin Learn. (If you do not already have a UCLA Logon ID, please visit this page to create one.)

Extramural Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of limited extramural funding opportunities that are provided as a courtesy to UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center members. For an opportunity to be included on this list, it must be a Limited Submission Opportunity (LSO) and applications are supported administratively by the Cancer Center's Grants Facilitation Team. Submission instructions are noted below. If you have any questions about a specific LSO listed below, please contact Sarah Anwar via email.

Listings are generally updated on a bimonthly basis. Entries are ordered by posting date, with most recent postings first. Opportunities are removed from this list once their final application due date has passed.

Posted May 29, 2024

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Mainstream/Conventional Research Project Grant

For nearly three decades, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation has provided significant financial support to some incredibly promising physician scientists who are applying novel and state-of-the-art techniques to address fundamental problems in the genesis and treatment of blood related cancers. Applicants must have: an MD or PhD; hold a junior faculty position at a 501(c)(3) teaching research institution; hold the designation of Assistant Professor. 

Projects must have institutional support in form of tenure track or be an independent junior faculty member; have held their current position no longer than five years (for conventional projects only); clearly state that they have both independent research projects and independent resources; have preliminary results and/or publications from their independent laboratory.

The total award shall not exceed $225,000 total ($75,000.00 per year over three years). Overhead costs cannot exceed 10% ($22,500 total or $7,500 per year). This amount is to be included in the $75,000 per year award.

How to apply
Current UCLA awardees must submit a renewal grant application to receive a second or third year of funding. The renewal applications will be counted as part of the eight allowed for UCLA to submit.

If you are interested in being considered for this LSO, please respond with a one-page research proposal along with your NIH biosketch. Renewal applicants must also include a progress report (no more than one page) describing their research accomplishment funded by the Early Trust in addition to the same PDF file. 

Please send the complete PDF to Rosely Encarnacion via email

Deadline
One- to two-paragraph research summary and biosketch due to the Cancer Center by June 21, 2024. If your project is selected by the Cancer Center, please be prepared to submit a full application to the Early Trust by August 16, 2024.

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Integrative Medicine Research Project Grant

For nearly three decades, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation has provided significant financial support to some incredibly promising physician scientists who are applying novel and state-of-the-art techniques to address fundamental problems in the genesis and treatment of blood related cancers. Applicants must have: an MD or PhD; hold a junior faculty position at a 501(c)(3) teaching research institution; hold the designation of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. 

Projects must have institutional support in form of tenure track or be an independent junior faculty member; have held their current position no longer than five years (for conventional projects only); clearly state that they have both independent research projects and independent resources; have preliminary results and/or publications from their independent laboratory.

The total award shall not exceed $225,000 total ($75,000.00 per year over three years). Overhead costs cannot exceed 10% ($22,500 total or $7,500 per year). This amount is to be included in the $75,000 per year award.

How to apply
Current UCLA awardees must submit a renewal grant application to receive a second or third year of funding. The renewal applications will be counted as part of the eight allowed for UCLA to submit.

If you are interested in being considered for this LSO, please respond with a one-page research proposal along with your NIH biosketch. Renewal applicants must also include a progress report (no more than one page) describing their research accomplishment funded by the Early Trust in addition to the same PDF file. 

Please send the complete PDF to Rosely Encarnacion via email

Deadline
One- to two-paragraph research summary and biosketch due to the Cancer Center by June 21, 2024. If your project is selected by the Cancer Center, please be prepared to submit a full application to the Early Trust by August 16, 2024.

Posted May 10, 2024

Margaret E. Early Medical Research Trust

The Margaret E. Early Medical Research Trust is currently seeking applications for research on the causes, treatment, and potential cures of cancer and related diseases. Awards are funded for one year (Jan. 1, 2025–Dec. 31, 2025) with a possible renewal of 1 to 2 additional years upon satisfactory progress. The award is $75,000 ($62,000 direct cost and $12,500 indirect cost).  Funds may be used for salaries, supplies, equipment, animals, and animal housing. 

How to apply
Current UCLA awardees must submit a renewal grant application to receive a second or third year of funding. The renewal applications will be counted as part of the eight allowed for UCLA to submit.

If you are interested in being considered for this LSO, please respond with a one-page research proposal along with your NIH biosketch. Renewal applicants must also include a progress report (no more than one page) describing their research accomplishment funded by the Early Trust in addition to the same PDF file. 

Please send the complete PDF to Rosely Encarnacion via email

Deadline
Research summary and biosketch due to the Cancer Center by June 3, 2024. If your project is selected by the Cancer Center, please be prepared to submit a full application to the Early Trust by June 26, 2024.

Posted April 1, 2024

2025 Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research Award

The Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period. For the 2025 award, one nomination will be invited from each participating institution.

In line with The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust’s mission to invest in innovative, cutting-edge cancer research that may accelerate and advance progress toward a cure for cancer, applications are invited from nominees conducting cancer research. 

For more information, please visit their website.

How to apply
If you are interested in being considered for this LOS, please respond with a one-page research summary along with your biosketch to Sarah Anwar at [email protected] and Genevieve Ortega-Alves at [email protected].

Deadline
Research summary and biosketch due to the Cancer Center by Wednesday, April 17, 2024. If your project is selected by the Cancer Center, please be prepared to submit a full application by July 19, 2024.

Posted March 1, 2024

Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grants

Breast Cancer Alliance invites clinical doctors and research scientists at any stage of their careers, including post docs, whose current proposal is focused on breast cancer, to apply for an Exceptional Project Grant. This award recognizes creative, unique and innovative research and is open to applicants at institutions in the contiguous United States. 

The grant provides salary support and project costs for a total of $100,000 (distributed over the one-year period as noted above.) Indirect costs, which are included in the $100,000 award, must be limited to 8 percent of total direct costs.

For more information, please email Sarah Anwar at [email protected] or Genevieve Ortega-Alves at [email protected]. You can also visit their website.

How to apply
If you are interested in being considered for this LOS, please respond with a one-page research summary along with your biosketch to Sarah Anwar at [email protected] and Genevieve Ortega-Alves at [email protected].

Deadline
Research summary and biosketch due to the Cancer Center by Monday, March 11, 2024. If your project is selected by the Cancer Center, please be prepared to submit a full application by July 19, 2024.

Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grants

To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research, Breast Cancer Alliance invites clinical doctors and research scientists who are in the early stages of their careers, including post docs, whose current proposal is focused on breast cancer, to apply for funding for the Young Investigator Grant. This grant is open to applicants at institutions in the contiguous United States. This is a two-year grant for a total of $125,000, with half the grant award being paid out each year.

The term of the Young Investigator Grant is two years, beginning on March 1, 2025. The grant provides salary support and project costs for a total of $125,000 (distributed over the two-year period as noted above.) Indirect costs, which are included in the $125,000 award, must be limited to 8 percent of total direct costs. 

For more information, please email Sarah Anwar at [email protected] or Genevieve Ortega-Alves at [email protected]. You can also visit their website.

How to apply
If you are interested in being considered for this LSO, please respond with a one-page research summary along with your biosketch to Sarah Anwar at [email protected] and Genevieve Ortega-Alves at [email protected].

Deadline
Research summary and biosketch due to the Cancer Center by Monday, March 11, 2024. If your project is selected by the Cancer Center, please be prepared to submit a full application by July 19, 2024.