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The Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research will provide young New York-based scientists the freedom to take risks and pursue their boldest research at a stage when traditional funding is lacking.  In the quest for cures, the Prize will accelerate the collaboration between academia and industry.  Prize winners will each receive $200,000 a year for up to three years.
Innovative research: Truly novel approaches in cancer research with strong scientific rationale. Early stage and bold proposals are encouraged and will receive special consideration. The research areas include but are not limited to technology development and basic biology.  The objective is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a likelihood of producing important findings. It should be a unique project for scientists, who are encouraged to stretch their imagination into areas that can substantially change the area of research.

Scientific excellence: Scientific merit as determined by the Pershing Square Sohn Prize Scientific Advisory Council and the Prize Advisory Board.

Application to cancer: Proposals that articulate a clearly defined application to cancer will be favored. Goal is to advance research in new ways that will have an impact on understanding, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment of cancer.
An MD, PhD, MD-PhD degree (or equivalent) is required. Applicants should have at least two (2) years of experience running their own laboratories and may have up to eight (8) years of experience. Principal Investigators (PIs) must hold faculty appointments at academic research institutions in the New York area at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor (or equivalent). The New York area includes New York City, Long Island and Northern and Central New Jersey.
An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, by submitting an application for this funding, assures that his/her visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term within the United States.  Investigators need not be specifically trained in cancer research; however, they should be working in an environment capable of conducting high quality, high impact cancer research.
2017 Prize Application Guidelines

The deadline to submit a Full-Length Proposal is Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 5pm EST.
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