Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research 2022 (Up to $55,000)

Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research 2022 (Up to $55,000)

Deadline: December 15, 2021

Applications are open for the Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research 2022. The goal of BIG Cat program is to aid the next generation of African cancer researchers to base their careers in their home countries and institutions, and to contribute to the overall expansion of capacity for research and training in Africa by generating evidence that will guide practice and policy.

BIG Cat was initiated in 2010 by the US National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health (NCI/CGH), and it is now a collaborative effort of AORTIC, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and NCI/CGH, with funding support from Partners including academic, industrial and scientific organizations.

The research proposed for funding may be in any area of cancer research, including basic research, clinical research, population-based research and translational research across the cancer care continuum (prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment , supportive and palliative care, and survivorship).


  • Each grant will provide US$55,000 over two years for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient and any collaborator, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, graduate students (including tuition costs), and/or research assistants, research/laboratory supplies, equipment, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses.


The Principal investigator (PI) must:

  • Be a beginning investigator, defined as a clinician or scientist who received his or her highest degree of study within the past ten years. An earned academic (or research) doctorate [such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)], or medical degree [such as a Doctor of Medicine (MD),Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) or Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB, MB BS, BM MCh, etc.)] which is considered the highest degree of study in most African countries. When an investigator has received multiple terminal degrees, the calculation will be based on the date of award of the most recent degree.
  • Be a current member with AORTIC. Note: AORTIC membership is also mandatory at LOI stage.
  • Reside in and be conducting research in Africa with particular relevance to the African cancer burden on the continent. Proof of residency is required.
  • Have legal residency status in Africa.
  • Not have received a BIG CAT award in prior years.


Competitive Letter of Intent Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available for download here.

The BIG Cat program requires applicants to complete an online Letter of Intent submission by 5:00 p.m. UTC (1:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

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For more information, visit AACR Grant.