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The LRF Research Program: Young Investigator Awards

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) annually awards two types of grants in its Young Investigator Grants program, Fellowships and Clinical Investigator Career Development Awards, and has recently added the Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program to its Young Investigator portfolio. These programs achieve important objectives:

  • Attract and train new talent maintaining a pool of investigators dedicated to lymphoma research and patient care;
  • Answer pressing research questions by supporting worthy projects; and
  • Help young researchers, who are probably at the most innovative time in their careers, to bridge the gap from junior investigators to researchers with their own labs and research focus.

Fellowships:

Since 1992, LRF has awarded over 200 fellowships. Eighty-six percent work at University Hospitals, about 12% are in industry, and the remainder are in private practice. Fellowship alumni attest to the impact the program has had on their career development:

"LRF provided me with my first grant support as a Fellow. I now have an independent research laboratory for over 20 investigators. Former trainees from my laboratory are now pursuing research in their own laboratories."

– Dean W. Felsher, MD, PhD, Stanford University, 1996-98 Fellowship Recipient

"The LRF fellowship gave me flexibility to attack an important, but risky, project that would not likely have been funded through traditional means."

– Craig Bassing, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia & University of Pennsylvania, 2003-2005 Fellowship Recipient

"It was an essential grant for establishing our TCL1 transgenic mouse model of germinal center B cell lymphomagenesis, the first genetic model of the most common lymphoid malignancies."

– Michael A. Teitell, M.D., Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1997-99 Fellowship Recipient

Clinical Career Development Awards (CDA):

The CDA program began in 2002. With just over a dozen CDAs awarded by 2011, the LRF evaluated the program. We learned that the group had an excellent publication record, one of the primary ways of assessing the success of a grant, as it indicates not only that a project was completed, but that experts in the field believed the work worthy of publication. Past CDA grantees are grateful for the support the program provides not just financially, but in encouraging the development of skills vital to a researcher's career:

"I learned a lot in the process of writing the grant and associated clinical trial and being directly involved in the regulatory work and management of an on-going clinical trial."

– Ann LaCasce, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, "Targeting NF-Kb in Mediastinial Large B-Cell Lymphoma," 2005

"LRF CDA support enabled me to gain both laboratory and clinical skills that have been invaluable. The skills that I developed were vitally important to my successful application for a K08 grant from the NCI/NIH. The support has also enabled my career advancement and I have been promoted to Assistant Professor on a research track."

– Damian J. Green, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, "Optimizing radioimmunotherapy of lymphoma," 2007

"The award helps keep my work focused on research questions that are important to improving outcomes for patients."

– Jonathan Schatz, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, "Targeting Cap-Dependent Translation to Improve Clinical Outcomes in Lymphoma," 2011

Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program:

LRF is deepening its commitment to developing talented young investigators in lymphoma research with its Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program, accepting applications in summer 2013 for its inaugural program in February 2014. Open to advanced doctoral fellows and junior faculty, this program will select a group of LRF Scholars to receive mentoring and education dedicated to clinical research methods and design, statistical analysis, incorporating and interpreting correlative studies into clinical trials, and grant submission and funding, with the aim of fostering mentorship and research between experts and trainees in lymphoma research. Participants will attend a four day workshop in a small group setting consisting of experts in the field, statisticians, and other trainees in the program, where information, ideas, guidance, support, and connections are shared, and where mentoring relationships can be developed. The program includes a mini-grant of $5000 a year (for up to two years) to cover travel, conference fees, and other activities designed to further the Scholar's career development.

Resources for Grant Applicants

For more information on active grants and the application process, please see the following:

Resources for Applicants

Available Grant Opportunities

Requests for Proposals

To learn more about the LRF Young Investigator Awards, click here.