Alliance Cancer Control Program Junior Faculty Award

The Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support training and research initiatives for junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows in the Cancer Control Program (CCP). The purpose of these awards is to facilitate ongoing training and assist junior faculty and post-docs in establishing a competitive research profile early in their career. These funds are available from the Alliance NCORP Research Base grant, which is supported by the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP) and are available for projects that can be completed within one year.

Junior faculty may have either an instructor or assistant professor position within their institution and must be within 5 years of their first faculty appointment, and post-doctoral fellows must maintain their fellowship for the entire one-year award period. Each applicant must work with a mentor throughout that time, allocating protected time to engage in training activities and conduct a research project in the field of cancer prevention and control, such as areas including cancer prevention, risk assessment, screening, symptom intervention, surveillance, health outcomes research, or specific population groups, including minority and underserved, older adult, or adolescent and young adult populations.

Applicants, their mentors, and their respective institutions must be Alliance members, and either the applicant or the mentor must be a member of a relevant Alliance CCP committee. Applicants who are not currently a member of an Alliance CCP committee are highly encouraged to become a member of the appropriate committee relevant to their proposal, if funded.

Eligible applicants will be invited to submit an application in the form of a 4-6 page concept to conduct a CCP research project and should also include a description of training activities. Proposals should be written using 11 point font (or larger) in either Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface (black font color) with at least 0.5-inch margins on all sides.

The concept should follow the following format: 

  • Title page (include address, phone number, and preferred email address for PI and mentor) (not included in page limit)
  • Background (include rationale and significance)
  • Study objectives
  • Study plan (include schema and eligibility criteria)
  • Data analysis plan
  • Feasibility (provide evidence that study can reach accrual goal within six months of the start of study activation)
  • Description of how this research project will lead to an Alliance protocol in the future
  • Description of research environment
  • References (not included in page limit)
  • Detailed description of training activities (limit 1 page, and is included in page limit; failure to provide adequate description will negatively affect score)

Please also include a letter of support from the mentor committing time to mentor the applicant.

In addition to the concept, applications should include a biographical sketch of both the PI and mentor, summary of Other Support (for both the PI and mentor), and a budget (following the PHS 398 budget format, including the Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period AND the Checklist Form page) that may request up to $150,000 in total costs (including institutional indirect costs), along with a budget justification. Awardees must budget for and attend at least one Alliance Group meeting to present the results of their research. Funds not to exceed 10% may be requested for PI salary support; however, funds cannot be used for mentor (or co-investigator) salary support, or salary support for Alliance Central Office staff.

Applications that have the potential to become a future Alliance protocol will be given highest priority. Note: These junior faculty studies will not be considered Alliance protocols, and as such, will not be assigned a protocol number or be eligible for cancer control credits/reimbursements or per-case payments.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their proposal to their local IRB for approval at the time the application is submitted to reduce time to activation, if funded.  If the study is not activated within the first 12 months after funding is awarded, the study will be shut down.

If the submitted application is not adherent to the requirements described above or if the submission is late, it will not be reviewed.

Questions about the application process should be addressed to Jill Oliveri, DrPH at or 614-293-8174.

Here's a list of award recipients.

Year 8 | Junior Faculty Award Recipient

  • Ko Un "Clara" Park, MD, FACS (The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center)
    Mentor: Heather Neuman, MD, MS, FACS (University of Wisconsin)

    “Strategies for Implementation of Operative Standards in Breast Cancer Surgery"

Year 7 | Junior Faculty Award Recipient

  • Joseph Zenga, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin) | Mentor: Tina W F Yen, MD, MS (Medical College of Wisconsin)
    “A Topical Antiseptic Bundle for Decreasing Surgical Site Infection After Head and Neck Cancer Surgery”

Year 5 | Junior Faculty Award Recipients

  • Elizabeth Cathcart-Rake, MD | Mentors: Aminah Jatoi, MD; Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, PhD; and Judith Kaur, MD (Mayo Clinic)
    “Development of a Mini-Curriculum to Teach Healthcare Providers to Query Cancer Patients about Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Status and Sexual Health”

Year 3 | Junior Faculty Award Recipients

  • Ryan Nipp, MD | Mentor: Jennifer Temel, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital)
    "Electronic symptom monitoring intervention for hospitalized patients with cancer"

Year 2 | Junior Faculty Award Recipients

  • Joleen Hubbard, MD | Mentor: Aminah Jatoi, MD (Mayo Clinic)
    "Biomarkers of toxicity among older patients enrolled in the adjuvant colon cancer clinical trial (N0147)"
  • Eric Roeland, MD (UCSD Moores Cancer Center) | Mentor: Charles Loprinzi, MD (Mayo Clinic)
    "A prospective pilot study to evaluate and correlate early lean muscle loss with functional activity in metastatic gastrointestinal and lung cancer patients"
  • Ashley Rosko, MD | Mentor: Michelle Naughton, PhD (Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center)
    "Identifying and maintaining fitness in hematologic malignancy: A clinical and biologic approach"

Year 1 | Junior Faculty Award Recipients

  • Andrea Enzinger, MD | Mentor: Deb Schrag, MD (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
    "Patient centered videos to enhance informed consent for palliative chemotherapy"
  • Haejin In, MD | Mentor: Bruce Rapkin, PhD (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
    "Development of a gastric cancer brief screener to identify persons for screening endoscopy referral"
  • Devon Noonan, PhD | Mentor: Kathryn Pollak, PhD (Duke University School of Nursing)
    "Addressing tobacco use disparities in rural older adults through an innovative mobile phone intervention: Testing the feasibility of the texto4gotobacco intervention"
  • Erica Peters, PhD | Mentor: James Marshall, PhD (Roswell Park Cancer Institute)
    "Data harmonization and preliminary analysis for a pooling project of seven completed Alliance trials"