Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and American Association for Cancer Research Invite Applications for 2016 Research Grants

PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 15, 2015) — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are pleased to announce the opening of the 2016 Research Grants Program to support early-career investigators to focus on pancreatic cancer.

Two grant mechanisms, the Pathway to Leadership Grant and the Career Development Award, are being offered for postdoctoral or clinical research fellows or junior independent researchers, respectively.

“Pancreatic cancer is among the most deadly of cancers,” said Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), chief executive officer of the AACR. “With death rates anticipated to rise over the coming decades, additional research in pancreatic cancer is urgently required. The AACR is pleased to continue its partnership with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to provide grant opportunities to support innovative research projects that will accelerate the pace of progress against this devastating disease.”

Pancreatic cancer is projected to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States by 2030, according to research conducted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and published in Cancer Research, a journal of the AACR.

“We are thrilled to partner with organizations like the AACR as we continue to recruit the brightest scientists and build a broad research community,” said Julie Fleshman, president and chief executive officer of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “Our grant recipients have been shaping the research field and are actively bringing us closer to improving patient outcomes.”

Since the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network–AACR grants program was introduced in 2003, more than $27 million has been awarded to accelerate pancreatic cancer research. This year, $1.2 million will be available through this partnership to support the nation’s most promising early-career scientists in the field.

Submissions for 2016 grants must be completed online using the proposalCENTRAL website at Funding decisions will be announced in the spring and the grant term will begin July 1, 2016. The recipients will be honored at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, held in New Orleans, April 16-20. Please see below for grant deadlines.

Career Development Awards
Career Development Awards are two-year grants totaling $200,000 to support junior independent investigators in developing or strengthening their research programs in pancreatic cancer.

The letter of intent deadline is noon ET, Oct. 8, 2015.

Pathway to Leadership Grant
The Pathway to Leadership Grant is a five-year grant totaling $600,000 that is designed to build future leadership in the pancreatic cancer research community by supporting a highly promising postdoctoral or clinical research fellow during their mentored research, continuing through their early phase of independence.

The application deadline is noon ET, Oct. 27, 2015.

To learn more about the 2016 grants program, visit or

Meet the past grant recipients and learn more about their funded projects here.

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About the American Association for Cancer Research
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes more than 35,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates residing in 101 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 25 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with almost 19,300 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual investigator grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and other policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer. For more information about the AACR, visit

About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase survival for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative — The Vision of Progress: Double Pancreatic Cancer Survival by 2020. Together, we can Wage Hope in the fight against pancreatic cancer by intensifying our efforts to heighten awareness, raise funds for comprehensive private research, and advocate for dedicated federal research to advance early diagnostics and better treatments and increase chances of survival.

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Jennifer Rosen
Associate Director, Content Marketing & Engagement
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Lauren Riley
American Association for Cancer Research