Damon Runyon Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists Application Guidelines

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Application Guidelines


Important Dates

Application deadline: July 16, 2018
Notification of Finalists: October 2018
Finalist interviews: November 8, 2018

Fall 2018
A small number of finalists will be interviewed by members of the Fellowship Award Committee. Interviews will be conducted at the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation in New York, New York. Interview travel expenses will be paid by the Foundation. 

*The award will begin immediately following the term of the original Fellowship. For those whose Fellowships have already ended, the award will begin on January 1, 2019.


(Please note: completed applications and USB flash drives must be in our office by 4:00 pm (ET) on the deadline—NOT simply postmarked by the due date.)
Applications are due on or before July 16, 2018.

Damon Runyon Fellows selected in November 2014 and May 2015  (DRG-2211-15 to DRG-2242-15, DRG-117-15, and DRSG-11-15 to DRSG-13P-15) are eligible to apply.

Application Materials

1.    Application cover sheet with all required signatures
2.    A brief a) summary of research progress and accomplishments under the Damon Runyon Fellowship, b) description of research vision and its potential impact on cancer, and c) description and projected timeline (next 5-10 years) of career goals (parts a, b and c not to exceed 2 pages in total of single-spaced, 12-point type with at least 0.5 inch margins. Figures and references are to be included in the two-page limit.)
3.    Updated NIH biosketch, including full bibliography, a list of conferences and seminars attended and presentations given over the course of the award, and other honors or awards received

Application Submission Instructions

The above application materials should be submitted to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation for arrival at our offices on or before July 16, 2018.  Along with the original application (hard copy), applicants must submit a USB flash drive of all the required materials in PDF format.

Please number your pdf files to correspond to the required materials listing below.  To ensure proper organization of the files, please name all your files as:

"Fellow’s last name, file #"

1. Application cover sheet
2. Two-page research description
3. NIH Biosketch

AND two reference letters using the Foundation's form (sent directly to the Foundation by referees)

On the USB flash drive please carefully label the Fellow's name.

Send Complete Application and USB flash drive to:

Award Programs
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
One Exchange Plaza
55 Broadway, Suite 302
New York, NY  10006

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be considered.

Reference Letters

Referees must submit their letters using our reference letter form on or before the application deadline.  Please download and send the form to your referees or direct them to our website.

Two (2) letters of reference from 1) current Damon Runyon Fellowship Sponsor and 2) a qualified individual, external to the institution where the applicant is completing his/her postdoctoral research, who can evaluate the applicant’s impact in the field of cancer research and assess his/her potential for successful independent cancer research. The second referee may not have any of the following relationships with the applicant: collaborator, coauthor, or formal mentor (current or former).  Referees are asked to rank the applicant's research and leadership potential in comparison with others at a comparable career stage.

Referees must use the and e-mail (freyaward@damonrunyon.org) OR fax (917.591.4780) their letters to the Foundation as pdfs on or before the application deadline. Do not follow up with a hard copy. For referees who are writing letters on behalf of more than one applicant, please submit each letter separately.

Note: Please notify the Foundation immediately of any changes to your contact information provided in the application.

Forms for Applicants

Cover Sheet
Reference Letter Form

Forms for Awardees

Award Statement
Award Acceptance Form
Award Expenditure Report Form
Intellectual Property Disclosure Form
Invention Policy

Contact Information

Award Programs | 212.455.0520 | awards@damonrunyon.org