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DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Horizon Award Applications Open

Modified: July 9, 2015

The Horizon Award supports junior level scientists to conduct impactful research with the mentorship of an experienced cancer researcher (i.e., Mentor). The Horizon Award challenges junior scientists to develop and implement research in the cancer field. This opportunity allows for junior investigators to develop a research project, investigate a problem or question in the field of cancer, and further their intellectual development as a cancer researcher of the future. Preliminary data are not required. Clinical trials will not be supported by this mechanism.

To be considered for funding, applications must address at least one of the Topic Areas below:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Genetic cancer research
  • Kidney cancer
  • Listeria vaccine for cancer
  • Liver cancer (New for FY15)
  • Melanoma and other skin cancers
  • Mesothelioma
  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer (New for FY15)


Principal Investigator (PI): Both predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows are eligible according to the following definitions:

Predoctoral candidate: Must have successfully completed coursework and passed any qualifying examinations by the time of the application submission deadline. The predoctoral candidate should be within two years of his/her acceptance as a doctoral candidate, completed all laboratory rotations, and should be working in his/her Mentor’s laboratory at the time of the application submission deadline.

Postdoctoral fellow: Must be within three years of his/her terminal degree (excluding time in residency or on family medical leave) and working in the Mentor’s laboratory at the time of the application submission deadline. The PI’s record of accomplishments will be evaluated regarding his/her potential for contributing to the PRCRP Topic Area(s) the proposed research addresses.

Mentor: The Mentor must be an experienced cancer researcher as demonstrated by a strong record of active funding and publications in at least one of the FY15 PRCRP Topic Areas. In addition, the Mentor must demonstrate a commitment to advancing the PI’s career in cancer research. The Mentor’s record of accomplishments should include documentation of significant contribution to the relevant FY15 PRCRP Topic Area(s).


Pre-Application Deadline: 5pm Eastern time (ET), August 11
Application Submission Deadline: 11:59 pm ET, September 29

Collaboration Opportunities

The Office of Research Development offers assistance in identifying and facilitating collaborations, putting together interdisciplinary teams, programmatic and administrative development of large, cross-school proposals, and leveraging institutional resources for outreach and education. Contact Fruma Yehiely, Associate Vice President for Research, Director of ORD, for more information.

Visit here to apply for the award. For more detailed information, view this pdf