This fall, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is accepting applications for exciting research funding mechanisms through a competitive peer-reviewed Research Grants Program. Supporting promising pancreatic cancer research and developing a robust community of researchers are both key initiatives toward reaching the organization’s goal to double survival by 2020.

The 2018 Research Grant Funding Opportunities:

  • The Catalyst Award supports a junior faculty to conduct pancreatic cancer research and establish a successful career path in the field through a $500,000 award over three years. Proposed research may be basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to pancreatic cancer.Why This Matters: When researchers are early in their careers, receiving competitive funding for novel research in a specific disease area like pancreatic cancer can make a huge difference. A substantial grant like this one can help to solidify a researcher’s career path in pancreatic cancer.
  • The Translational Research Grant will fund high priority pancreatic cancer research that is poised for important translational next steps to help move scientific discovery to application in patients through a $500,000 award over two years. To be eligible for a Translational Research Grant, the research project should aim to identify novel targets and approaches to the treatment of pancreatic cancer or understand and circumvent treatment resistance.The Critical Impact: Translational research plays an important role, moving promising ideas from the scientists’ lab closer to the “bedside” where they can help improve outcomes for patients. However, traditional funding opportunities don’t typically support translational research, which is why PanCAN is bridging this gap to ensure that novel science is not abandoned at this juncture and can move forward toward making a difference in the lives of patients.

The PanCAN Difference:

PanCAN’s funding has a powerful ripple effect on researchers’ careers. In fact, for every dollar awarded by the organization from 2003 to 2015, grantees were able to leverage an additional $11.01 to support their pancreatic cancer research efforts. Learn more here.

Along with vital funding, PanCAN’s grantees also become part of the organization’s Community for Progress –  gaining connections and mentorships with leading scientists, as well as training and collaboration opportunities.  As a highlight of the Community for Progress program, PanCAN brings its grantees together every year for the annual Scientific Meeting. Read about the 2017 Scientific Meeting here.

Thank you for helping to advance critical research! From fundraising with PurpleStride to participating in the Patient Registry or volunteering with local affiliates, PanCAN’s supporters play an important role in the organization’s collective work to end pancreatic cancer.

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