Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award Stage 2 Funding

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Program Description

NOTICE: The 2022 Stage 2 application deadline is Monday, September 12.

The Stage 1 award will be for two years, $200,000 per year ($400,000 total) with the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (up to four years total for $800,000). Stage 2 support for years three and four will be granted to those awardees who demonstrate progress on their proposed research during years one and two of the award. Applicants will provide a written proposal with an update on their research and present their progress in person to the committee shortly before the end of the second year of the award, at which time the committee will make a decision regarding continued funding.


All second-year Damon Runyon Stage 1 Innovators are eligible to apply.

Application Requirements

All application materials should be emailed to Clare Cahill (clare.cahill@damonrunyon.org) on or before the September 12 deadline by 4:00 PM Eastern Time.

The complete application should be assembled in the following order:

  1. Cover Sheet (Co-Applicant Cover Sheet)
    Please fill in all required information on the provided form and make sure all signatures are in place.

  2. Research Progress
    In total, no longer than two pages of single spaced, 12-point type with at least 0.5-inch margins and should include:

    • State your originally proposed aims and your progress and accomplishments under your current Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award.
    • If your work has deviated from the original aims, describe how and why.
    • Briefly describe your proposed research plan for years three and four, if awarded.
    • State the relevance of this work to cancer and its potential impact.
  3. Applicant’s NIH Biosketch
    In the full bibliography, (1) the candidate’s name must be highlighted for each entry, (2) original, peer-reviewed research articles must be listed separately and first with hyperlinks, (3) and next list review articles, chapters, editorials, etc.
    Do not include presentations or abstracts. “In preparation” or “under review” articles may be included.

  4. Other Sources of Funding
    A list of all current and pending funding sources, including the specific aims of each grant and the degree of overlap with the applicant’s proposal.

  5. COVID-19 Impact Statement (Optional)
    A 200-word statement addressing the impact COVID-19 closures had on your research.

Contact Information

Award Programs | awards@damonrunyon.org