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Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality. Visit our Contact Us Page
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Research Grants

2014 Young Fellow Research Grant

Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer has launched its first research grant of $50,000 for a Young Fellowship award.  In order to uphold the high standards of review and to assure the most advanced science, the grant will be administered by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

This grant encourages and supports a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct gastric cancer research and to establish a successful career path in their field.  The proposed research may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to gastric cancer.  Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for applications is noon EST on January 15, 2014.

The Debbie's Dream Grants Program is designed to build the stomach cancer research community, incubate innovative research projects, expedite scientific and medical breakthroughs, and nurture collaborations across disciplines and institutions.  Ongoing career support activities offer opportunities for education and professional development.  As a result, our community of researchers stays committed and involved.


Program Summary

The Debbie's Dream Foundation-AACR Gastric Cancer Fellowship represents a joint effort to encourage and support a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct gastric cancer research and to establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to gastric cancer.

The fellowship provides a one-year grant of $50,000 to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working on mentored gastric cancer research. A partial amount of the funds may be designated for nonpersonnel expenses, such as research/laboratory supplies, equipment, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses.

It is anticipated that one fellowship will be funded.

Applicant Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have a medical and/or doctoral degree (including Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.C., N.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Sc.D., D.N.S., Pharm.D., or equivalent doctoral degree) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral or professional degree.

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2014, applicants must:

  • Be in the first five years of a postdoctoral or clinical research fellowship (i.e., must have started fellowship no earlier than July 2, 2009, and no later than July 1, 2014); and
  • Work under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution within the United States. (There are no citizenship requirements; however, an applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, by submitting an application for this grant, assures that his/her visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term within the United States.)

For applicants possessing an M.D., clinical training time with no research involvement (e.g., residency training) is not included against the eligibility limit. Parental leave or other well justified leave from mentored research training for pressing personal or family situations of generally less than 12 months duration is also not included against the eligibility limit for all applicants.

Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible.

AACR membership is required. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR associate membership by Monday , January 15, 2014. Download an application here.

All applicants with questions about eligibility should contact the AACR before submitting an application.

Research Project Criteria

Research must have direct applicability and relevance to gastric cancer and may be in any discipline of basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological research.

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions

Funding Research

Per cancer death, stomach cancer receives the least amount of federal funding of any cancer. There is very little research being conducted on stomach cancer for a variety of reasons, including a lack of funding and a limited number of doctors specializing in stomach cancer. DDF strives to increase the treatment options available for stomach cancer patients by directly and indirectly funding stomach cancer research. DDF is committed to advancing stomach cancer research through active advocacy to increase the federal funding of stomach cancer research and by funding grants for research.

Making a Difference - Achieving the DREAM

No matter what your talent, skill or hobby is, or even if you are not sure what you are good at, we have a place for you at Debbie's Dream. You can get involved in any way you like and for as much time as you like. If you are not sure how you can help, please contact us and a representative will help you explore the many volunteer opportunities that we have all over the country. You can make a difference!

It takes teamwork to make a dream work!


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