The PRCRP is seeking to advance cancer research through development of early-career investigators. Depending on the career path of the candidates, the PRCRP will offer two distinct early-career development options: the Career Development Award-Fellow Option (CDA-FO) and the Career Development Award-Resident Option (CDA-RO). Under this award mechanism, the early-career investigator is considered the Principal Investigator (PI), and the application should focus on the PI’s research and career development. The Career Development Award – Virtual Cancer Center Scholar Option is not being offered this fiscal year. Logical reasoning and a sound scientific rationale for the proposed research must be demonstrated. Preliminary data are not required. This award supports impactful research projects with an emphasis on discovery.
· Fellow Option: The PI must be an early-career researcher or physician-scientist (referred to as a Fellow) within 7 years after completion of their terminal degree by the time of the application deadline (excluding time spent in residency, clinical training, or on family medical leave). PIs suitable for the Fellow Option include investigators who may not be on a tenure track and may share laboratory space not completely separate from a more established investigator. The intention of the Fellow Option is to support the early-career investigators toward wider independence and success. One research funding level is available for the Fellow Option.
· Resident Option: The PI must be an early-career clinician during the time of their residency. PIs suitable for the Resident Option include investigators interested in a career path toward becoming a physician-scientist. The intention of the Resident Option is to support the early-career investigators research development with strong scientific career development. Two research funding levels are available for the Resident Option. The Resident must be able to commit 1 or 2 years within the time frame from approximately June 2024-2026 toward research with level of effort on the proposed research appropriate for the research funding level and the project.
It is the responsibility of the PI to select the option that best aligns with their current career path. The option should be selected based on the eligibility defined in the program announcement. It is incumbent upon the early-career investigator to select the suitable option.