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Hope Foundation juried research funding programs

-- by Guest Blogger Jo Horn, President & CEO, The Hope Foundation

June 20, 2014 - The Hope Foundation exists for one purpose -- to support SWOG and its mission to improve the practice of medicine in preventing, detecting, and treating cancer.

Much of this support goes directly to SWOG members to fund their research. The Foundation's Board of Directors, three-fourths of whom are leaders within SWOG, guides the organization's vision by engaging with the Group's leadership, advocates, investigators, and other research professionals.

Listed below are Hope's competitive research support programs. Each one is juried by an experienced review committee of SWOG members, who may be joined by external leaders in the clinical or basic sciences. With their support of mentorship, trial advancement, education, and investigator-initiated research projects, these programs are adaptive to meet the needs of an ever-changing cancer research environment. Review the list below to see how one or more of these funds might make the critical difference in your cancer research efforts.

Young Investigators Training Course (YITC)

The YITC grooms a cohort of trained investigators with a thorough understanding of NCTN cooperative group procedures and the ability to efficiently develop scientifically meaningful, high-priority studies within SWOG. Deadline: July 1

Dr. Charles A. Coltman, Jr., Fellowship Program

The Coltman Fellowship provides early career assistance for outstanding younger investigators by providing them $100,000 in salary support over two years, protecting time for their own clinical or laboratory research under the mentorship of a senior SWOG investigator. Funding to attend SWOG Group Meetings as well as other pertinent professional association conferences is built into this opportunity. At the same time, the program offers a means for senior SWOG researchers to recognize and sponsor outstanding junior members on their team. An institution may nominate up to two candidates (within first five years of faculty position). Deadline: September 1

SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award

Intended to drive innovation, these juried awards of up to $250,000 fund conceptual stages of projects that may have higher scientific risk, but also have the potential for a major payoff for cancer research and, ultimately, patients. Projects should complement current SWOG trials and/or use resources from past SWOG research. Deadlines: March 15 & September 1

SWOG Trial Support (STrS)

Recently rolled out, this program was developed to ensure that outstanding SWOG trial proposals don't languish for lack of financing. Providing up to $75,000 per year for two years, STrS supports study components that require supplemental funds during the period of patient enrollment. Investigators may apply for STrS funding via a brief application at the same time they submit a clinical trial capsule for initial SWOG Executive Review, or "triage." Deadline: At capsule submission

The Hope programs outlined above directly support SWOG research. We continue to develop new programs that address identified needs -- stay tuned for new funding opportunities in the coming month. Our goal is to ensure that SWOG members have access to resources that will advance research for SWOG, and ultimately, significantly improve outcomes for our patients.

The other major part of our job is raising money for these programs. We successfully fund these programs through donations from a variety of sources including private, public, and corporate charities. ... And individuals like YOU. You can directly support SWOG research by donating to Hope.


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