Research Management Group (RMG)

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
2019 Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

Limited program-only five applicants are permitted so a university-wide internal selection process is required. For physician scientist assistant professors with PI eligibility (those with UTL, MCL, and NTLR appointments) who are within the first four years of their first full faculty appointments (cut-off date July 2015). Please see eligibility below.

Only ONE application will be accepted by the sponsor from a mentor (including co-mentorships) per review session. Per Dr. Steve Artandi, the Director of the Stanford Cancer Institute, a faculty mentor’s lab can only nominate ONE faculty member for the internal selection process

# of applicants permitted: 5 (see the internal submission guidelines below)

Internal Cancer Institute deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, 5 p.m. (see internal submission guidelines below)
The final 5 applicants selected by the Cancer Institute internal review committee will be notified to proceed with the full application: Dec. 15, 2018
Applicants must submit their application materials and fully approved PDRF forms to their RPMs: Jan. 25, 2019
Sponsor's application deadline:   Feb. 1, 2019
Award announcement: May 1, 2019
Date awards begin: July 1, 2019

Program overview:

Application Guidelines

Previous recipients
Includes Stanford recipient, Dr. Ami Bhatt in 2016:

Amount of funding:
$150,000/yr x 3 years ($450,000 total costs over 3 yrs) (no indirect costs are provided)
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any qualifying medical school debt still owed by the awardee.

The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports independent young physician-scientists conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity. The goal is to support the best young physician-scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine. The program is specifically intended to provide outstanding young physicians with the resources and training structure essential to becoming successful clinical investigators. The goal is to increase the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient’s bedside in search of breakthrough treatments.


Other funding restrictions:

Definition of Clinical Research

For the purposes of this award, the Foundation’s definition of clinical research will follow the definition set out in “The NIH Director’s Panel on Clinical Research Report to The Advisory Committee to The NIH Director,” December, 1997.

Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. In other words, clinical or patient-oriented research is research in which it is necessary to know the identity of the patient(s) from whom the cells or tissues under study are derived.

Preference will be given to research that adheres to the “Handshake Rule,” meaning that the physician will conduct research studies that directly involve patients.

Selection criteria:


Please note: per Dr. Steve Artandi, the Director of the Cancer Institute, a faculty mentor’s lab can nominate ONLY one candidate for the internal selection process.

By Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, 5 p.m., please send one PDF file [File name: Last Name_Damon_Runyon_Clin_Inv.pdf] containing the following, in the order listed below via email attachment to:

Denise Baughman
Project Manager
Stanford Cancer Institute

File name:  Last name_Damon_Runyon_Clin_Inv.pdf

Institutional representative: not applicable. You do not have to submit your internal proposal to your RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR for their approval. You can submit your proposal directly to Denise.

1) Title Page
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award
Title of your proposal:
PI contact information: (name, title, department, address, email, phone, fax)

2) Nomination letter prepared by your mentor printed on your department letterhead addressed to the Stanford Cancer Institute Internal Review Committee signed by your mentor, division chief and your department chair. The nomination letter must confirm that the nominee can commit a minimum of 80% of their professional effort to the conduct of research and research career development.

3) 4 page Research Proposal (illustrations & references not included in page total)
Font size at least size 12 with half-inch margins. (include specific aims, preliminary results and research design)

4) NIH-format biosketch

5) Other funding--current and pending, sponsor, amount of funding, term as well as start up funds.


Selection Process
The internal proposal packets will distributed to the Stanford Cancer Institute Internal Review Committee which will select the five applicants to represent the School of Medicine. The sponsor's deadline is Feb. 1, 2019.



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