AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships

American Association for Cancer Research
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Brief Description

The AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships Program is designed to provide an effective industry-academic clinical practicum with a unique training opportunity to develop academic clinicians in drug development. Each fellowship provides $100,000 over one year for the fellow to work on site at the facility of one of AACR’s pharmaceutical industry partners. Time to be spent at the industry site over this one-year period can be flexible and is determined upon mutual agreement between the selected fellow, the fellow’s institution, and the industry partner. Indirect costs for up to a maximum of 20% of total direct costs are permitted.

Program Overview

Purpose: This fellowship is designed for early-career clinical scientists who hold a medical degree (MD, DO, or MD/PhD) and are interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills related to clinical trial design and execution from the perspective of the pharmaceutical industry. The fellow will gain real-world experience in clinical development, including drug development, clinical research, clinical trial design, and data analysis. 

Activities: It is expected that the fellow will be accountable for executing clinical research project(s) and completing the research within the one-year program. Depending on the background of the fellow, additional focus areas may also be provided (e.g., preclinical research, biomarker discovery). Opportunities for publication and presentation of the research will be provided. The industry partners for this program and their research areas include the following:

  • Agenus (facility located in Lexington, MA): Clinical development of a pipeline of novel immune therapies
  • AstraZeneca (facility located in Gaithersburg, MD): Early-stage and late-stage clinical development in immuno-oncology
  • Bayer Healthcare (facility located in Cambridge, MA): Early-stage and/or late-stage clinical development in oncology

Duration: 12 months. Note that the continuous duration of time spent on site at the industry site may be flexible and will be determined on a case-by-case basis between the fellow, the fellow’s academic institution, and the industry partner (e.g., if a fellow must return to their academic institution during parts of the 12 month term to complete clinic duties).

Application Process Overview:

1. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis via submission to grants@aacr.org

2. Submitted applications will be reviewed quarterly by an AACR Scientific Review Committee

3. Selected fellows will be notified following this review. 

4. The start of the grant term is flexible and will be negotiated based on the notification date.  

Please note that applications will be accepted after the above application deadline, but may be reviewed during a later quarterly review period.