Professional Development

  • Research Primers

    Need to learn the basics of immunology or want a primer on radiation therapy? 

    In 2017, some of ASTRO's early-career members created some excellent resources for our members to introduce them to the basics of Immunology and the interactions between Immunotherapy and Radiation Oncology, in preparation for the 2017 Immunotherapy Workshop. These short reviews provide an overview of their respective topics, targeting radiation oncology professionals:

                Immunology Primer
                Radiation Oncology and Immunotherapy Primer

  • Mentorship

  • Competition for research funding is at an all-time high. Success rates and pay lines for these grants are at an all-time low. This adds to the challenge of starting a research career. Mentorship that provides insight and guidance is key to developing both a strong research base and the grant application skills that will launch an investigator’s career.
  • ASTRO Grant Review Mentorship Program

    The ASTRO Grant Review Mentorship Program was created for early career investigators who are actively or will be applying for grant funding. This program pairs early career faculty with senior independent investigators who have successfully attracted NIH R01-level grants who will serve as grant writing mentors in translational radiation oncology, cancer biology and radiation physics.

    Program Structure

    Applicant requests grant review by:

    1. Submitting an online application through ASTRO website. The specific aims of the proposal must be included.
    2. Accepting the terms of the program agreement.
    3. Within one week, the assigned track chair will conduct a first tier review and evaluate the applicant’s specific aims submission.
    4. If necessary, specific aims are revised and resubmitted to the track chair.
    5. Track chair matches application with an expert reviewer (mentor) for the specific topic area.
    6. Once mentor and mentee are successfully matched, the mentee will be notified by ASTRO.
    7. Mentee reaches out to mentor to begin review of complete grant application.
    8. At the satisfactory conclusion of the review*, mentor and mentee complete a post review evaluation and mentee submits extramural grant application to grant making organization.
    9. Mentee informs ASTRO of the status of their grant application.

    *The average review period is expected to last from 4-6 months.

    For additional information about the Grant Mentorship program, please contact ASTRO's Research Department

    Complete the application.


  • Study Section Participation

  • Including researchers with the appropriate expertise on grant review panels is essential for making the best funding decisions. NIH study sections routinely seek experts with expertise in radiation oncology. Over the last few years, research has indicated that radiation oncology receives approximately 4 percent of NIH’s funding budget. This rate is one of the lowest percentages of any medical profession. One way to promote the fair assessment and assist in the funding of radiation oncology grants is to increase presence of radiation oncology research experts on review panels such as NIH study sections.

    ASTRO members have been invited to send applications directly to leaders of the NIH study section review committees.

    For additional information please contact ASTRO's Research Department.

  • Contact List
    BMCT
    Basic Mechanisms of Cancer Therapeutics Study Section
    Lambrate Rahman Sesay
    CAMP
    Cancer Molecular Pathobiology Study Section.
    Manzoor Zarger
    CSRS
    Cellular Signaling and Regulatory Systems Study Sections
    Elena Smirnova
    CONC
    Clinical Oncology Study Section
    Malaya Chatterjee
    U24 Advanced Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management Shamala Srinivas
    DMP
    Drug Discovery and Molecular Pharmacology Study Section
    Jeffrey Smiley
    OBT-P (21) Fellowships
    Oncologic Sciences
    Shamala Srinivas
    GDD
    Gene and Drug Delivery Systems Study Section
    Amy Rubenstein
    IGDD
    Image-Guided Drug Delivery
    Shamala Srinivas
    IRCN
    Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology
    Piotr Radzinski
    MGA
    Molecular Genetics Study Section
    Michael Sveda
    NCO
    Omnibus R03 NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research
    Shamala Srinivas
    RTB
    Radiation Therapeutics and Biology Study Section
    Bo Hong
    TPM
    Tumor Progression and Metastasis Study Section
    Rolf Jakobi
  • How To Get Involved

    Any researcher can apply for consideration on a grant review panel either as a member of a standing committee or as an ad-hoc member. If you are a radiation researcher with at least 4 years of research experience and have received an [R-series grant [R01, R21, P01 project, R34, etc.] within the last 5 years, you are eligible to serve on a standing committee. Please apply by sending a statement of interest, CV and past research awards and experience to NCI Branch Chief, Eric Bernhard, Program Director, Radiotherapy Development Branch, and/or Syed Quadri, Chief Oncology 2 – Translational Clinical. If you do not meet all the above qualifications, you may apply as an ad-hoc member. Visit the NIH's Center for Scientific Research for information regarding how to become a reviewer, a review panel overview, general and specific review guidelines, the tools and technology used in review, and NIH rules on travel and expenses.

    ASTRO has also identified study sections of interest to our membership. Please forward your information to the following contacts:

  • Research Primers

    Need to learn the basics of immunology or want a primer on radiation therapy? 

    In 2017, some of ASTRO's early-career members created some excellent resources for our members to introduce them to the basics of Immunology and the interactions between Immunotherapy and Radiation Oncology, in preparation for the 2017 Immunotherapy Workshop. These short reviews provide an overview of their respective topics, targeting radiation oncology professionals:

                Immunology Primer
                Radiation Oncology and Immunotherapy Primer