Young Investigator Award

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Application or LOI Due Date
Brief Description

The Young Investigator Award (YIA) provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology. The purpose of this grant is to fund physicians during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment. Applications in all areas of cancer research are accepted from U.S. and international applicants.

The YIA is a one-year grant totaling $50,000 that supports personnel and/or research expenses, and travel to attend the Conquer Cancer Grants & Awards Ceremony at the ASCO Annual Meeting. Applicants who are selected to receive a YIA are allowed to receive other grants from other funding agencies.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for a YIA:

  • Be a physician (MD, DO, or international equivalent) working in any country and currently in the last two years of his/her final subspecialty training at an academic medical institution and within 10 years of obtaining his/her medical degree at the time of grant submission. Examples of subspecialty training include, but are not limited to, a hematology-oncology fellowship, a surgical oncology fellowship, or a radiation oncology residency. An MD, PhD is eligible if both degrees are completed prior to the start of the grant period.
  • Be planning an investigative career in clinical oncology.
  • Have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted at the time of application.
  • An institutional commitment for a faculty appointment at the time of grant submission is not required, but the applicant should be working in an oncology laboratory or clinical research setting.
  • Have a mentor in the proposed research field from the sponsoring institution. The mentor must assume responsibility and provide guidance for the research. If the mentor is not an ASCO member, a supporting letter from an ASCO member from the sponsoring institution must be included.
  • Be an ASCO member or have submitted a membership application with the grant application. To apply for new membership, or to renew an existing membership, go to
  • Be able to commit at least 60% of full-time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the award period.
  • Eligible physicians are allowed to hold only one grant from the Conquer Cancer Foundation at a time.

Funding Available

The number of YIAs funded each year is not predetermined by Conquer Cancer. Awards are given based on individual merit and availability of funds.

Areas with Endowed and Dedicated Funding*

Conquer Cancer has endowed funding for certain areas that allows us to fund grants in these areas year after year. In addition, Conquer Cancer receives funding dedicated to specific diseases or groups that varies from year to year. This list will be updated as new funding is confirmed.

  • Anna Braglia Endowed Young Investigator Award in Cancer Supportive Care (special competition RFP)
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Endowed Young Investigator Award in Gastrointestinal Cancers or Lung Cancer
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Endowed Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award
  • Dr. Jose Leis Endowed Young Investigator Award in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (special competition RFP)
  • Endowed Young Investigator Award in Breast Cancer in Memory of Evelyn H. Lauder
  • Endowed Young Investigator Award in Geriatric Oncology in Honor of Dr. Arti Hurria (special competition RFP)
  • Frist Family Endowed Young Investigator Award in Mantle Cell Lymphoma in Honor of Howard A. Burris, III, MD (special competition RFP)
  • Novartis Endowed Young Investigator Award in Health Disparities
  • Conquer Cancer Endowed Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award
  • Young Investigator Award in Glioblastoma (special competition RFP)
  • Young Investigator Awards in Sarcoma (special competition RFP)