The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is a leading nonprofit organization that funds brave and bold cancer researchers. Damon Runyon’s mission is to identify and support the best early career scientists pursuing innovative research that has the potential to transform cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Our goal is to encourage new generations of outstanding researchers to pursue paradigm-shifting ideas and approaches as they begin highly productive, successful research careers.

Damon Runyon views cancer research very broadly, including the full spectrum of basic questions important to normal human biology and carcinogenesis, as well as development of new platforms and technologies. We encourage all theoretical and experimental research that has the potential to provide insights into cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies, and prevention for all types of cancer. Please visit our website for a detailed description of all of our award programs and currently funded projects.

To learn more about the Foundation and the Fellowship Award review process, view the virtual Fellowship Informational Session here.

We are now accepting applications for the prestigious Damon Runyon Fellowship Award.


The primary criteria used to evaluate applicants are:

– The quality of the research proposal (importance of the problem, originality of approach, appropriateness of techniques, and clarity of presentation),

– The qualifications, experience, and productivity of both the candidate and the Sponsor,

– The quality of the research training environment in which the proposed research is to be conducted and its potential for broadening and strengthening the candidate’s ability to independently conduct innovative and substantive research. The proposed research and training environment should represent a new opportunity for the candidate to expand their scientific skill set. Direct extensions of the candidate’s graduate work (in approach, technique, or exact area of study) will not be funded.

Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO.

This four-year award provides $70,000, $72,000, $74,000, and $76,000 in stipend support for years one, two, three, and four, respectively. In addition, an annual $2,000 expense allowance is awarded to the laboratory in which the Fellow is working and can be used by the Fellow for their educational and scientific expenses. The Foundation also provides a Dependent Child Allowance of $1,000 per child per year. The award may not be used for institutional overhead or indirect costs.

For questions please contact Megan Allen, PhD