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

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Application must be submitted by 4:00 PM Eastern Time on July 15, 2021.

Damon Runyon Fellows selected in November 2017 and May 2018 (DRG-2315-18 to DRG-2349-18, DRSG-23-18 to DRSG-27-18) are eligible to apply.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: July 15, 2021
Notification of Finalists: October 2021
Finalist Interviews: November 11, 2021

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, 2022.

Application Requirements

All application materials should be emailed to Clare Cahill (clare.cahill@damonrunyon.org) on or before the July 15 deadline by 4:00 PM Eastern Time.

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, c) description and projected timeline (next 5-10 years) of career goals and d) a statement (no more than 200 words) describing how COVID-19 lab closures affected your research productivity.
Parts a, b, and c are not to exceed two 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 2-page limit.

3. Up-to-date NIH Biosketch (non-fellowship) including the following information:

  • A. Personal Statement
  • B. Positions and Honors
    • Research and Professional Positions
    • Other Experience and Professional Memberships
    • Honors/Fellowships/Awards
  • C. Contributions to Science
  • D. Additional Information: Research Support
    • Full Bibliography with Hyperlinks*
    • List Conferences and Seminars Attended, Invited Talks Given and Posters Presented during your Damon Runyon Fellowship
    • Ongoing Research Support

*Include hyperlinks to preprints on bioRxiv. If you include a manuscript that is in preparation, indicate the anticipated timeframe until submission.

Reference Letters

Two reference letters should be sent directly to the Foundation by referees. Letters must be submitted using our Reference Letter Form. Please download and send the form to your referees OR direct them to our website.

Referees are asked to rank the applicant's research and leadership potential in comparison with others at a comparable career stage. Letters should be from:

  1. current Damon Runyon Fellowship Sponsor
    If there are two Sponsors, submit only one letter in conjunction.
  2. a qualified individual, external to the institution where the applicant is completing their postdoctoral research, who can evaluate the applicant’s impact in the field of cancer research and assess their 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 must submit their letters as PDFs by email (freyaward@damonrunyon.org) on or before the July 15 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.

Finalist Interviews

Fall 2021
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.

Contact Information

Award Programs | 212.455.0520 | awards@damonrunyon.org