Patient Care and Research

Funding Opportunities

Research Grants

ASTRO funds research for junior faculty, residents, fellows, and postdoctoral fellows in support of radiation oncology researchers’ careers. We recommend frequently checking this page for updates on open opportunities.

Career Development Awards

ASTRO-ACS Clinician Scientist Development Grant
Application Deadline: October 15, 2022 and April 1, 2023; 11:59 p.m. ET (GMT-5)

This is a joint effort with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to co-fund one Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG). The goal of the ASTRO-ACS CSDG is to foster the research career of a clinician scientist in radiation oncology. At a minimum, to be eligible an applicant must have a clinical doctoral degree with an active license to provide clinical care, or be a medical physicist with a clinical license at the time of the application. The award may be for three to five years with $135,000 a year for direct costs, plus 8% allowable indirect costs. Applications are to be submitted via the ACS portal. To apply and view further eligibility criteria and application instructions, visit the ACS CSDG website. Questions for this opportunity can be directed to the ASTRO Department of Scientific Affairs and ACS at grant.eligibility@cancer.org.

ASTRO-MRA Young Investigator Award in Radiation Oncology
Eligibility Checklist Due:
October 19, 2022
Application Deadline: November 2, 2022; 11:59 p.m. ET (GMT-5)

This is a joint special opportunity Young Investigator Award with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) to support research in radiation oncology to improve treatment options for melanoma patients. Early career radiation oncologists, radiation or cancer biologists, or physicists are encouraged to submit radiation oncology research proposals that include at least 50% effort on melanoma. The award will provide up to $85,000 per year for three years (up to $255,000 total). Applications are to be submitted via the MRA portal. To apply and view the eligibility criteria and application instructions, visit CureMelanoma.org/RFP. Questions for this opportunity can be directed to the ASTRO Department of Scientific Affairs and MRA's Senior Scientific Program & Registry Manager. The Eligibility Checklist must be submitted by October 19, 2022.

Residents/Fellows Seed Grants (opening in the Fall)

The Seed Grants provide up to $25,000 over 1 year. They are designed to foster the research careers of residents and fellows interested in radiation oncology related basic, translational/or clinical research. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. residency or fellowship at the time of application.

NRG Oncology Health Equity Fellowship

Application Deadline: October 21, 2022

ASTRO plans to co-sponsor one fellow this cycle for the NRG Health Equity Fellowship with an emphasis on radiation oncology. This Fellowship Program trains selected early-stage investigators in the NRG Oncology system by means of a structured mentorship experience, with particular emphasis given to the recruitment of researchers from underrepresented groups. The fellowship award is for $50,000 ($25,000/year for two years. Year two award is contingent on satisfactory progress in year one). Please submit the application and all relevant materials to Fellowships@NRGOncology.org.

ASTRO-Industry Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellowships

Fellowship Application Deadline: January 6, 2023; 11:59 p.m. ET (GMT-5)

These fellowships provide opportunities for early-career physician scientists and scientists to obtain mentored training in an industry setting for up to one year. To apply and view the detailed Program Announcements, visit ProposalCentral.

ASTRO-AstraZeneca Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellowships
Two fellowships are designed to provide U.S.-based residents or other trainees with real-world training experience in the development, administration and application of sponsored clinical research and real-world evidence from a pharmaceutical company perspective. Opportunities within AstraZeneca programs focused on immuno-oncology and targeted therapies as treatment strategies for non-small cell and small cell lung cancer are included.

ASTRO-Nanobiotix Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellowship
This fellowship is designed for U.S.-based residents or postdoctoral fellows interested in gaining experience across the life cycle of pharmaceutical product development from Phase I through IV. Based on the principles of radiation using nanophysics, the fellow will gain experience in using the principles of radiation to understand combination therapy from translational to clinical research. The fellow will also gain experience in medical affairs and will work with scientific experts globally in radiation, and medical oncology.

ASTRO-Novocure Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellowship
Providing an opportunity to spend a year in Israel, this fellowship is designed to provide training and in-depth understanding on Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) dosimetry and treatment planning through active participation in R&D projects. Targeted candidates are medical physicists or clinicians with backgrounds in engineering or the exact sciences (physics, math, computer sciences).

ASTRO-Varian Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellowship
This fellowship is designed for U.S.-based residents and other trainees to receive radiation oncology related training in an industry setting. The fellow can expect to work with Varian in the research and development area(s) of: radiobiology, immunotherapy, applications of artificial intelligence in radiation oncology, information systems, treatment planning, imaging and image-guidance, new hardware for treatment delivery systems and quality assurance.

For questions please contact the Department of Scientific Affairs.