Funding Opportunities

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center encourages all trainees to utilize any funding opportunities that may be available to them.

The page linked below lists some of the funding opportunities that may be available to trainees at MD Anderson. Each listing offers links to more detailed information.

American Association for Cancer Research is now accepting applications for AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards and Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Awards for Undergraduate Students for participation in the AACR 100th Annual Meeting 2009 taking place April 18-22, 2009, in Denver, Colorado. The 2009 AACR Annual Meeting, with the theme of "Science, Synergy, and Success", will highlight the best cancer science and medicine from institutions all over the world. Please contact Robin E. Felder, director of membership at AACR (215-440-9300) for more information.

External Funding Opportunities

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The Pasteur Foundation and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

The Pasteur Foundation and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), an American and a French organization respectively, are offering postdoctoral research opportunities in all fields. The CNRS application is due in December and has positions in mathematics, physics, nuclear and high-energy physics, chemistry, engineering sciences, communication and information technology and sciences, earth sciences and astronomy, environmental sciences, life sciences and the humanities and social sciences. The postdoctoral fellowship offered by the Pasteur Foundation is a three-year program at the Institut Pasteur in Paris for researchers in all fields. allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant making agencies. is the single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for, an initiative that will have an unparalleled impact on the grant community.

The National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, Washington, DC

(formerly the Science & Technology Policy Internship Program of the National Academies)

This graduate fellowship program of the National Academies — consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council — is designed to engage graduate and postdoctoral students in science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions among science, technology and government. As a result, students in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, business and law develop essential skills different from those attained in academia, which will help them make the transition from being a graduate student to a professional.

Postdoctoral fellows who have received their Ph.D.s within the last five years are eligible to apply.

To apply, candidates should submit an application and request that a mentor complete a reference form, both available on the Web site.

Additional details about the program including alumni reflections, eligibility requirements and how to join their mailing list are also available on the Web site. Questions should be directed to

The Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program

The Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program is announcing an important research training opportunity for postdoctoral fellows looking to continue and/or expand their research careers. 

Eligible candidates are being recruited on a competitive basis for these research-training opportunities:

  • Postdoctoral Research
  • Dentist-Scientist (D.D.S.-Ph.D.)
  • Medical Scientist (M.D.-Ph.D.)
  • Ph.D. Degree (Post-D.D.S.)
  • M.S. in Clinical Research (Post-D.D.S.)

Eligible fellows must hold green cards, or be permanent residents or citizens of the United States.

The program seeks individuals from such fields as dentistry, biology, neuroscience, microbiology, genetics, immunology, engineering, cognitive sciences, medicine, cancer biology, nanotechnology, tissue engineering, biophysical science, genomics, proteomics, structural biology, computational biology and other disciplines interested in enhancing their research careers by engaging in interdisciplinary research in the laboratory of one of our over 90 mentors.

Funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), MinnCResT postdoctoral fellows are provided the following support:

  • Cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research training
  • Placement in one of 90 well-supported faculty mentor labs
  • Annual stipend
  • Research related research and travel allowance
  • Tuition and fees
  • Individual and family health insurance

MinnCResT fellows can look forward to multiple years of support, very favorable employment prospects and fascinating scientific challenges in an interdisciplinary scientific community.

For additional information or to apply for training opportunities:

  • Visit the MinnCResT Web site or e-mail
  • Contact Jeanine Ferguson at  612-626-4483  for more information about the program
  • Send the name of potential fellows to

UICC Yamagiwa-Yoshida Grants

Deadlines Announced

December 1

January 1

If you wish to take advantage of this support for establishing or conducting three-month-long bilateral (between any two countries) cancer research projects to develop experimental research methods and techniques, then you should consider applying for one of the UICC Yamagiwa-Yoshida Grants.

For latest information on UICC Fellowships, please consult the International Union against Cancer Web site.


Brita M. Baker
Head, Cancer Knowledge Transfer
International Union Against Cancer (UICC)
3 rue Conseil Général
1205 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: 4122 809 18 40
Fax: 4122 809 18 10

American Heart Association

Both the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association support research activities broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease, stroke, or to related basic science, clinical, bioengineering/biotechnology and public health problems.

For further information, contact:
American Heart Association, Texas Affiliate,
Research Administration
Tel:  512-433-7108  Fax 512-433-7200

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recognizes the scientific achievements of underrepresented ethnic and racial groups in the field of cancer research.  AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards are offered to eligible minority scientists wishing to participate in AACR Annual Meetings and Special Conferences.  These awards are intended to enhance the education and training of minority researchers and to increase the visibility and recognition of minorities involved in cancer research.

Financial Support

Annual Meeting registration and travel will be processed by AACR staff for all awardees and deducted from the award total.  The remaining funds are to be used by awardees for housing, meals, etc.  For Special Conferences, awardees will receive an award check in an amount not exceeding $1,800 to offset costs associated with participation in the Conference.


  • Only racial/ethnic minority groups that have been defined by the National Cancer Institute as being traditionally underrepresented in cancer and biomedical research are eligible for this award: African Americans/Blacks, Alaskan Natives, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans, and Native Pacific Islanders
  • Full-time graduate students, medical students, residents, clinical or postdoctoral fellows, or junior faculty members
  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada


AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards Program
American Association for Cancer Research
615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-4404

Telephone: (215) 440-9300    FAX: (215) 440-9412    E-Mail:   

To download the application, go to

Federal Government Grants & Awards

National Institutes of Health

  • Office of Extramural Research - Provides information about grants, funding, intra- and extramural training opportunities and more, including CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects), "a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions."
  • Center for Scientific Review - Provides information about the research grant application and review process and resources for applicants, such as an alphabetical listing of CSR study sections and Peer Review Notes, a publication about issues related to application review policies and procedures.

National Cancer Institute

  • Research Funding - Provides announcements about funding opportunities, grant information, scientific and training programs and policies.

National Science Foundation

  • Funding Opportunities - Includes a step-by-step guide about obtaining funding, a guide to available programs, as well as information on how to write a grant proposal.
  • Custom News Service - Provides a subscription service that creates a custom Web page for the subscriber wishing to know about new NSF publications.

Additional Resources for Federal Grants

  • GrantsNet - The Department of Health and Human Services created this Web site for finding and exchanging information about HHS and other Federal grant programs.
  • The Federal Trough - Science Magazine’s Next Wave provides this comprehensive list of Federal funding sources for scientific research.
  • The Grantmanship Center - Provides training for granting agencies and information on grant sources, including federal, state, community, and international, and in its Federal Register, a listing of new grants and an archive of grants going back to May 2001.

Additional Information Resources

Private Foundations & Organizations


Additional Information Sources

  • GrantsNet - Supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, maintains a searchable database of biomedical funding opportunities from non-profit organizations and federal agencies, as well as information on international funding.
  • Community of Science - Maintains a searchable comprehensive database of funding information available on the Web, updated daily.
  • Grant Alerts - From the Office of Research Administration of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, provides information on funding and collaborative opportunities, as well as research news, workshops, seminars, writing tips and more.

Fellowships - Cancer Related

Fellowships - Other Biomedical

Contact Information

  • National Institute of General Medicine Sciences: Contact information is available by research area.
  • National Institutes of Health: Contact information for each granting institute and center is available at NIH Grants Administration Information Sources.
  • Leukemia Society of America: To obtain an application, please write to research program administrator, Leukemia Society of America, Inc., 600 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016 or call  1-800-955-4572  or  212-573-8484.
  • Arthritis Foundation: To request information and obtain an application, please write to Arthritis Foundation, 1314 Spring Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, or call  404-872-7100  ext. 6311.
  • National Science Foundation: For information, please write to NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, P.O. Box 3010, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010, or call  423-241-4300 .
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute: For information, please write to Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Office of Grants and Special Programs/POPA96, 4000 Jones Bridge Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-6789, or call  301-215-8500  FAX 301-215-8888.
  • National Science Foundation: For information or assistance, please write to National Science Foundation, Proposal Processing Unit, Attn: Research Planning Grants or Career Advancement Awards, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, or call  703-306-1234 .

Specific Fellowship Opportunities

  • The Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine invites applications for NIH-supported fellowship positions. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and a one-page personal statement and abstract of research interests to:
    Dr. Theresa A. Shapiro, Director
    Division of Clinical Pharmacology
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    303 Hunterian Building
    725 North Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21205-2186.
    Please direct all questions to
  • Marshall Sherfield Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research
  • Minnie L. Maffett Fellowship Fund: For information, please write to Delores Smith, Minnie L. Maffett Fellowship Award Chair, 1513 Heather Lane, New Braunfels, TX 78130 or call  (210) 629-4352 .
  • Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award: Information can be requested by writing to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, 2950 31st Street #125, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Alumni Quotes

What Alumni Have To Say About Research Training: 

"This program will open your mind to a world rarely envisioned from the confines of laboratory bench work. I learned an immeasurable amount about the policy and politics behind science and after the program opens your mind, it opens career doors."

"A really great experience for those from the 'soft sciences' who have an interest in S&T policy or if you’re trying to figure out what else you might want to do outside of academia. This was a great opportunity to bridge the gap and gain a new understanding and appreciation for how it all works, the people involved and the profound difference it can make in the end (and all long the way)."

"I had no idea that this experience would affect me in the way that it has. This program has revitalized my love for science, given me a perspective from a new environment, raised my awareness of important policy issues, allowed me to network with colleagues and, for the first time in a long while, made me look forward to going to work every day. I highly recommend this program."

"This program provides an amazing opportunity to learn about science and policy and, in particular, the role of the National Academies in contributing to science policy. If you are in graduate school in the sciences and have an interest in science and policy, you don’t have to wait until you’ve got your degree to see what it would be like to work in DC. The program can inform your graduate education and help you to think 'outside the box' in terms of potential careers."