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The National Cancer Institute is pleased to announce the release of the Research Specialist Award (R50), a Workforce Development initiative. These funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) are targeted to non-tenure track laboratory, core and data scientists whose salary is currently supported by NCI-funded grants. 

The NCI R50 Award encourages the development of stable research career opportunities for exceptional scientists who want to pursue research within the context of an existing NCI-funded cancer research program, but not serve as independent investigators. Award recipients receive salary and travel support, which can provide greater autonomy so that individuals are not solely dependent on NCI grants held by others for career continuity.

Applicants must have an advanced degree (e.g., Masters, Ph.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., M.D.) in an area of biomedical science or biomedical engineering and have demonstrated cancer research accomplishments in their primary discipline. Additional eligibility requirements can be found in the funding opportunity announcements.

Letter of Intent due: December 11, 2018

Application due: January 11, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.