Patient Care and Research

Seed Grants

Applications for the Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Seed Grant are now open! Applications must be submitted through Proposal Central

Applications are due on February 15, 2019.


What is the goal of the ASTRO Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Seed Grant?

This grant is designed to support residents or fellows who are planning a career focusing primarily on basic science or clinical research. It is designed for the exceptional trainee and implies dedication to a career in research.

Previous Award Winners and Abstracts

Investigating the immunomodulatory effects of radiation with and without immune checkpoint inhibition in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck
microRNA-15a regulation of endothelial radiation sensitivity
The role of miR-34 in the DNA damage response and cancer cell immune evasion via regulation of PD-L1 after ionizing radiation
Redox imaging in cervical cancer as a predictive biomarker for traditional and novel therapeutics
Targeting Glutamine Metabolism to Overcome Radioresistance
Focused Ultrasound-induced blood brain barrier disruption in Immunotherapy
Immuno-PET as non-invasive biomarker of the microenvironment
Non-canonical mRNA translation in breast cancer
Perfusion CT for lung tumors treated with SABR
Role of radiation in adaptive and de novo immune resistance
miR-21 in breast cancer progression and sensitivity to therapy
Engaging antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity
Radiation induced specific immune responses
Hedgehog pathway modulation of radiotherapy resistance in head and neck cancer
EMT as a therapeutic target in prostate cancer

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible if:

  • You show a commitment to a career that focuses primarily on radiation oncology sciences.
  • Your institution has a well-established research and clinical career development program and qualified faculty in radiation oncology sciences to serve as mentors.
  • You have identified a mentor with extensive research experience to support your project. Both the mentor and applicant should be an ASTRO member.

What are the Terms of the Grant?

Two grants of up to $25,000 each will be awarded. Each project is for one year. The recipients are expected to devote 75 percent of their professional effort toward research.

How Do I Apply?

Complete the application online. Paper applications are not accepted. View the award requirements and obligations.

When is the Application Deadline?

Applications are due on February 15, 2019.

When Does the Grant Begin?

The funding start date for the 2019 awards will be July 1, 2019, and the term will run through June 30th, 2020. For any questions please email the Scientific Affairs Department.

What if I don't finish my research within a year?

ASTRO allows for no-cost extensions on a case-by-case basis. Requests for no-cost extensions must be submitted to ASTRO's Scientific Affairs division.

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