SCI Cancer Innovation Award

Congratulations to the projects selected for funding beginning March 2020

SCI Cancer Innovation Award

  • “Uncovering the oxaliplatin mechanism of action”; Onn Brandman, PhD
  • “Development and Evaluation of the Healthy Futures Module: A Community Resource for Youth Tobacco/Vaping Cessation”; Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD
  • “A federated deep learning system for AI cancer evaluation”; Daniel Rubin, MD, MS
  • “Quality of life, Cognitive Functioning, Access to Care and Financial Burden in Patients Receiving Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell Therapy”; Surbhi Sidana, MD,  Lori Muffly, MD, MS, Llana Yurkiewicz, MD
  • “Assessment of Molecular Response and Genomic Selection During Therapy with Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cells from Circulating Tumor DNA” ; Brian Sworder, MD, PhD, Ash Alizadeh, MD, PhD, David Kurtz, MD, PhD

SCI Pancreatic Cancer Innovation Award

  • “The molecular basis of metabolic rewiring in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma”; Monther Abu-Remaileh, PhD
  • “ZDHHC5: a New Candidate Target for Pancreatic Cancer”; Scott Dixon, PhD

Stanford Women’s Cancer Center Innovation Award

  • “Integrative Systems analysis of BRCA-mutant and BRCA-wild type HGSC tumors”; Wendy Fantl, PhD,  Brooke Howitt, MD, Andrew Gentles, PhD
  • “Addressing mental health disparities among Latina breast cancer patients”; Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD, MPH,  Maria Juarez-Reyes, MD, PhD
  • “Anti-VISTA immunotherapy for metastatic triple-negative breast cancer”; Joshua Gruber, MD, PhD, Melinda Telli, MD
  • “Phase I dose finding and image characterization study introducing novel use of GCSF and FDG-PET to individualize bone marrow sparing radiotherapy for gynecologic cancer”; Elizabeth Kidd, MD, Dimitre Hristov, PhD
  • “Optimizing Innovative Retention Strategies for Randomized Clinical Trials of Women's Cancers” ; Michaela Kiernan, PhD

SCI Nodal Grant Award

The SCI offers a funding mechanism which aims to catalyze the planning and execution of multi-PI grants from the National Cancer Institute, including R01s and P01s.

  •  “Head and Neck Cancer SPORE Application Planning Grant”; John Sunwoo, MD, MA, Quynh-Thu Le, MD


SCI Innovation Awards celebrate the dedication of some of Stanford’s most innovative thinkers.  By supporting the novel ideas and groundbreaking work of the awardees, either as individual or group awards, the SCI enhances investigator potential to find solutions that will alter the future of cancer research and patient care.  Since 2006, the SCI has provided over $13M in research related award funding.

A call for proposal for the next round of SCI Innovation Awards will take place in April 2020 with a funding start date of September 2020.