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Can more than one investigator from an institution apply?
 
Yes, in fact we have occasionally given awards to several different investigators from the same institution.  Each application is judged on its own merits.
 
How can the application be obtained?
 
The application process will be available on-line on this website by September 30, 2014. 
 
When is the application due date?
 
Applications for the 2015 Kimmel Scholar Award must be received by noon EST on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
 
When does the funding period begin?
 
Decisions regarding funding are usually made by the Medical Advisory Board by April 1, with funding to begin July 1 of the same year.
 
How are applications reviewed?
 
Each applicant is reviewed by up to 3 members of the Medical Advisory Board, and scored on the basis of quality of prior work, letters of recommendation and current funding. Applicants who are cited for superior work by any of the reviewers are discussed by the full Medical Advisory Board.

Does the Foundation support basic science research?
Yes, but it is critical for applicants to clearly establish the relationship of their work to advancing cancer biology for work involving basic cellular biology where the connection is not obvious

Will scores and comments be made available to applicants?
 
No. The Foundation does not retain any records of individual critiques by reviewers. Therefore, no written evaluation or score can be provided.
 
Are clinical researchers eligible?
 
Yes. In fact, The Board wishes to encourage physician scientists, especially those involved in translational research. While the majority of applications involve basic research, scientists whose work focuses on epidemiology, cancer prevention, radiation biology, pharmacology and other clinical studies will be equally judged based on merit.
 
How firm is the restriction for academic appointments at the Assistant Professor level?
 
Applicants for the award must have attained their first appointment to the Assistant Professor (or equivalent) level within 3 years of application. Tenure track appointment is not required. Physicians engaged in research are permitted one extra year of eligibility to allow for clinical responsibilities. Those who are not yet at the Assistant Professor level are not eligible for this funding.
 
How will current RO1 funding affect eligibility?
 
The Kimmel Scholar Award is designed for cancer researchers who are at the early stages of their careers, and is intended to support promising scientists until additional funding is obtained. Researchers who have already secured their own RO1 funding would not be considered for The Scholar Award. Applicants with institutional funding or K08 awards are eligible. Those who are the P.I. on a clinical institutional RO1 grant may apply if their laboratory research is not fully covered.
 
How does current non RO1 funding affect award decisions?
 
The Kimmel Awards are intended as bridge funding for those who have not yet secured an RO1. We fully expect that successful applicants may already have research funds in the range of $100-250k per year. Those with various grants totaling well over $300k per year may be deemed well-funded by the Board even if they do not yet hold an RO1. Occasionally exceptions may be considered for applicants who are well funded for non-cancer related research, but poorly funded for new endeavors related to cancer. Within budget justification, please be sure to include all grants currently awarded, yearly amount, date grant commenced and ends and percent effort. Also indicate pending funding and whether RO1 application has been filed. If an application is awarded, we do then allow the Kimmel Scholar to subsequently apply for other funding, including RO1 and Scholar Awards, during the tenure of Kimmel Foundation funding.
 
What are the restrictions regarding other Scholar Awards?
 
Awardees must not receive funding simultaneously from similar scholar awards, but may have funding from training grants (ASCO, AACR, etc.) or career development awards.  Applicants with a prior scholar award may apply if that funding will cease before the Kimmel Scholar Award begins on July 1, 2015.
 
Occasionally, those holding a scholar award from a non-cancer related Foundation will be eligible, as long as the work supported does not primarily overlap with the cancer research described. Questions regarding eligibility based on level of current funding should be addressed to Dr. Cohen at gcohen@gbmc.org.
 
Are scholar awards renewable?
No.

How rigid is the budget request?
 
The budget proposal is requested for general information about the utilization of grant funds. However, The Scholar Award is intended to supplement other institutional resources and use of these funds for salary, research, travel, equipment and project support is flexible, after advising The Foundation about any major proposed budgetary changes.
 
What are the guidelines for Institutional overhead?
 
The Award is fixed at $100,000 per year, with no additional funds provided for overhead. If the institution requires overhead, this may be budgeted as part of the $100,000 provided. Since this is an award, rather than a project grant, the Foundation requests that institutions limit overhead to 15% or less.
 
How do I obtain the cover page for the application?
 
The standardized cover page will be automatically generated upon completion of the on-line application. Include an abstract of the proposed work, limited to the space provided, as well as the other identifying information requested. The applicant and a responsible Institutional official must sign one copy, where requested and submit with hard copy of application. 

Can I obtain the cover page to facilitate institutional signatures before completing the on-line application?

You can print a cover page prior to completion of your application. You will need to begin the application process by completing the first two pages then skip forward to the Personal References and provide the three names of those writing a letter on your behalf. One letter must be from the Chairman of your Division or Department, and two from appropriate physicians and/or scientists who are familiar with your work. This will allow you to reach the end of the on-line process to print out the cover page and will still allow access back into your application at a later time to complete and upload the full application.  

If my application is not awarded, may I re-apply?


Yes, re-application with additional supporting work is acceptable as long as the applicant still fulfills the eligibility requirements.  We specifically identify applicants who previously applied to reconsider their candidacy in the context of research progress in the past year since the prior application.

What happens if I receive a Scholar Award and still have funds left after the conclusion of 2 years?

We routinely permit a "no-cost extension" for 12 months at the conclusion of the two year funding period, upon approval of a revised budget.


Who is eligible for the five translational awards?
 
These awards are limited to Physicians (M.D., or equivalent degree) involved in cancer research. There must be a laboratory component to the research effort which is designed and supervised by the applicant. Clinical investigators who are only involved in directing Institutional Phase I/II contracts will not be competitive for this funding, unless there is a unique correlative science component. Those wishing consideration for one of the translational awards should check the translational box on the cover page and should justify the translational nature of the research in the application. The Board reserves the right to assign the translational awards based on its own assessment of the project described and its view of translational research.
 
Does the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research support other independent research institutions or program project grants?
 
No. Mr. Kimmel currently provides major support for several educational and cancer research institutions in the United States but the Foundation does not fund requests for individual independent research or Institutional program project grants.
 
What are my chances of being selected?
 
The Foundation expects to receive approximately 150 applications and will support up to 15 new Kimmel Scholars in the year 2015. For examples of successful candidates, please see the list of Awardees and their project descriptions listed elsewhere on this website.
 
Are there any citizenship requirements to apply for the Kimmel Scholar Award?
 
U.S.Citizenship isnot a requirement. However you must perform research in an American not-for-profit institution during the entire period of Kimmel Foundation support.

Does the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research provide funding for other projects?
No. Funding is currently limited to support of young cancer researchers through the Scholar Award mechanism.
 
 
Thank you for your interest in the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research. Best Wishes to all those involved in the effort to help eradicate cancer.