For Scientists

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of research projects does Damon Runyon fund?

The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Damon Runyon funds research on all cancer types. See our current projects to get a sense of what we fund.

Does the Foundation share reviewer feedback with applicants?

No. Please note that it is the policy of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation not to share reviewers’ written comments. 

Damon Runyon Award Programs: Fast Facts


  Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award  Damon Runyon Fellowship Award Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Research Fellowship Award Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award
Application deadline February 1 March 15
August 15
March 15 July 15 July 1 December 1
Eligibility based on appointment/ title Applicants must have initial full faculty appointment Postdoctoral Fellows Postdoctoral Fellows Eligible Damon Runyon Fellows only Tenure-track Assistant Professors, Clinical Instructors, Senior Clinical Fellows and Distinguished Fellows Postdoctoral Fellows, Clinical Fellows and â€‹Clinical Instructors
Degree type MD
MD/PhD
PhD
MD
MD/PhD
PhD
MD
MD/PhD
PhD
MD
MD/PhD
PhD
MD
MD/PhD
MD only
Award period 3 years 4 years 4 years 2 years 2 years 4 years
Funding per year $150,000 Year 1 - $54,000
Year 2 - $56,000
Year 3 - $59,000
Year 4 - $62,000
Year 1 - $54,000
Year 2 - $56,000
Year 3 - $59,000
Year 4 - $62,000
N/A $150,000 Year 1 - $100,000
Year 2 - $110,000
Year 3 - $120,000
Year 4 - $130,000
Total funding $450,000 $231,000 $231,000 $100,000 $300,000 $460,000
Other annual funding Up to $100,000 of any qualifying medical school debt (over the course of award term) Dependent Child Allowance of $1,000 per child  Dependent Child Allowance of $1,000 per child  N/A N/A Up to $100,000 of any qualifying medical school debt (over the course of award term)
Opportunity for continuation grant or renewal? Yes; 2 additional years No (but Fellows may apply for the Frey Award) No (but Sohn Fellows may apply for the Frey Award) No Yes; up to 2 additional years No
Mentored award? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Basic and/or translational research funded? Translational Basic or Translational Basic or Translational Basic or translational Basic or translational Basic or translational
Percent time devoted to research 80% 100% for Level 1 (PhD)
80% for Level 2 (US board certified MD/PhD)
100% for Level 1 (PhD)
80% for Level 2 (US board certified MD/PhD)
100% 80% 80%
Institutional nomination required? Yes No No No No No
For each deadline, application limit per:
Mentor 1 1 1 N/A N/A 1
Institution 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Number of reapplications allowed (if still otherwise eligible) 2 1 1 0 1 1

 

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