Academic cancer cell and gene therapy research grants.

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Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy funds research to advance the development of cancer cell and gene therapies with current preference given to new approaches to solid tumors. Learn more about What We Fund and the Research Fellows we have funded.

Application deadlines for the 2021 grant cycle will be announced through our mailing list. For application information, policies, procedures, and general information, please contact Barbara Lavery, chief program officer at  blavery@acgtfoundation.org. To receive grant announcements, please sign up for our mailing list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Historically, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy has awarded clinical translation grants of $250,000 to $500,000 over two to three years, inclusive of a maximum of 10% indirect costs. Funds may be used at the recipient’s discretion for salary, technical assistance, supplies, animals or capital equipment, but may not support staff not directly related to the project, such as secretaries or administrative assistants. Purchase of equipment is not allowed in the final year of the grant.

Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree and must be tenure-track or tenured faculty. While we recognize that there may be other excellent researchers not on a tenure-track, or not at medical schools or research centers, this is an eligibility requirement for application. The investigator must be conducting original research as an independent faculty member. There are no citizenship restrictions, but research supported by the award must be conducted at academic medical centers or research centers located in the United States or Canada.

Members of our distinguished Scientific Advisory Council oversee the review and recommendation process. All Letters of Intent (LOIs) are assessed by at least two members of the Council or their approved reviewers. Applicants whose LOIs are deemed responsive to the Request for Applications (RFA) and our mission are invited to submit full applications that include: biosketch, budget, research plan (10-page max), literature citations, and letter of reference. Final applications are then carefully reviewed by the Council, which makes recommendations for final approval.

Grant funds are disbursed following execution of a grant agreement between the grantee institution and Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.

Applications need to be signed by an appropriate representative of the institution, such as the Signing Official for Assurances in the Grants and Contacts Department and/or in the Legal Department.

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy has no citizenship restrictions, but research supported by its grants must be conducted at medical schools and research centers located in the United States or in Canada.

No. In addition to the 10-page research plan, an additional four pages are allowed for literature citations.

No. Applications may be submitted only once, so please carefully read the instructions that appear throughout the application pages. If changes become necessary BEFORE the application deadline, please call Altum Proposal Central customer service at (-800) 875-2562. No changes can be made AFTER the application deadline.

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“Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy is a very forward-thinking organization. It recognized the potential for new cancer gene therapies very early on and that foresight is paying off. In the next 50 years, I think we’re going to see cell and gene therapy become the part of medicine where the most dramatic advances are made.”

Crystal Mackall, MD
Stanford University