Research Management Group (RMG)

Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research

***Limited Funding Opportunity for assistant professors with UTL, MCL and NTL-Research faculty appointments of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer. Qualified candidates should be conducting creative, interdisciplinary, basic, or translational cancer research. This program is not designed to fund clinical trial research. 

*Applicants must have been in their appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 29, 2015).   A university-wide internal selection process is required.
Please see the Stanford eligibility clarification below.)


The 2018 internal selection process has been completed. This webpage is for your reference only.



# of applicants permitted: 1 (see internal submission guidelines below >>)

Internal Stanford Cancer Institute deadline: Monday, June 4, 2018, 5 p.m. (see internal submission guidelines below)
Date applicant notified by the Cancer Institute: June 22, 2018
Deadline for Cancer Institute to submit nomination to the sponsor: June 29, 2018
Once the Pew program office has received the online nomination, login information will be emailed directly to the applicant. The online application will open July 16, 2018.
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG or OSR) deadline: Oct. 1, 2018
Full proposal deadline: Oct. 8, 2018


Sponsor's website >>

Pew-Stewart Schiolar recipients webpage >>

Amount of funding:
The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period.
Not more than 8% of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs.


The Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer. In line with The Stewart Trust's mission to invest in innovative, cutting-edge cancer research that may accelerate and advance progress toward a cure for cancer, applications are invited from nominees conducting cancer research.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to the field of cancer. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches in cancer research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields related to cancer, are encouraged to apply. Risk-taking is encouraged.


Review Criteria:



By Monday, June 4, 2018, 5 p.m. please submit one PDF file [File name: PI Last Name_Pew-Stewart_2018.pdf] containing the following in the order listed below to:

Denise Baughman
Stanford Cancer Institute

Institutional representatives: you do not to submit your internal proposal through RMG or OSR for their approval. You can submit them directly to Denise per these instructions.

1) Title Page
Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research
Title of your proposal
Your name, title, type of faculty appointment (UTL, MCL, or NTLR) department, contact information, email address

2) Nomination (recommendation) letter addressed to Stanford Cancer Institute Review Committee Members, printed on your department letterhead, and signed by either your division chief or your department chair.
Please include the date the Provost Office formally approved your appointment as an assistant professor (UTL, MCL, or NTLR).
As the sponsor gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is an independent investigator and to significant published work, the nomination letter should provide evidence of the creativity and publication list of the nominee. This letter should also confirm that the candidate will devote at least 80% of his or her time conducting research.

3) 4 page scientific abstract/research proposal (illustrations and references not included in the page limit)
Format: Arial or Helvetica font (no smaller than size 11), half-inch margins, single spaced.

4) NIH-format biosketch

5) List of ALL other support, current AND pending (list name of sponsor, amount and term of funding)


Selection process:
Proposals will be forwarded to the Stanford Cancer Institute review committee, who will collectively select the applicant to represent Stanford University. The Cancer Institute will submit the information on the nonimee/applicant to the sponsor by June 29, 2018.


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