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CURE Training Opportunities for Students and Researchers

The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), through its Diversity Training Branch (DTB), is committed to providing training and career development funding opportunities to students and researchers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Students and researchers are supported at all stages of their education and career to ensure a continuum of training and career development opportunities.


The CRCHD provides extensive opportunities for training and career development in cancer research, training, education, and outreach. CRCHD offers training for high school, undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, post-master, postdoctoral, and junior investigators.

Are you interested in becoming a CRCHD sponsored trainee?

CRCHD is committed to expanding training opportunities in cancer and cancer health disparities research. Learn more about eligibility to apply for CRCHD diversity training programs.

General tips, instructions, and references are provided to guide you in the application process for grant opportunities. Also, for more grant writing information, check out available seminars.

Funding Opportunities
CRCHD supports high school students interested in cancer and cancer health disparities research. These opportunities are designed to enable high school students with interests in a research career to enter the field. Working directly with scientists and community leaders, high school students have an opportunity to gain laboratory experience and develop research skills.


CURE Supplement

Supplements to the NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (P30)

The purpose of the P30 CURE supplement is to engage the scientific curiosity and promote the potential cancer research careers of promising young high school students and to take full advantage of the community outreach and research capabilities of NCI-supported Cancer Centers. The goal of this supplement initiative is to expose promising high school students from underrepresented populations to the excitement of state-of-the-art biomedical research in the basic, clinical and population sciences, and to actively promote careers of such individuals in cancer research through the opportunities available in the CURE program.

Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
Applications Accepted: October 1 - December 1 and March 1 - May 1
Eligible Candidates: High School, Undergraduates



Research Project Grant Supplements

  • PA-12-149 - Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

    These supplements aim to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in cancer and cancer health disparities research. Candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Applications Accepted: October 1 - December 1 and March 1 - May 1
    Eligible Candidates: High School, Undergraduates, Graduates, Post-Baccalaureates, Post-Master's, Postdoctorals, Junior Investigators

Funding Opportunities
CRCHD supports undergraduate students interested in cancer and cancer health disparities research. These opportunities are designed to enable undergraduate students with interests in research careers to enter the field. Working directly with scientists and community leaders, undergraduate students have an opportunity to gain laboratory and community experience and develop research skills.


CURE Supplement

Supplements to the NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (P30)

The purpose of the P30 CURE supplement is to engage the scientific curiosity and promote the potential cancer research careers of promising young high school students and to take full advantage of the community outreach and research capabilities of NCI-supported Cancer Centers. The goal of this supplement initiative is to expose promising high school students from underrepresented populations to the excitement of state-of-the-art biomedical research in the basic, clinical and population sciences, and to actively promote careers of such individuals in cancer research through the opportunities available in the CURE program.

Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
Applications Accepted: October 1 - December 1 and March 1 - May 1
Eligible Candidates: High School, Undergraduates



Research Project Grant Supplements

  • PA-12-149 - Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

    These supplements aim to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in cancer and cancer health disparities research. Candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Applications Accepted: October 1 - December 1 and March 1 - May 1
    Eligible Candidates: High School, Undergraduates, Graduates, Post-Baccalaureates, Post-Master's, Postdoctorals, Junior Investigators

Other Opportunities

American Association for Cancer Research

  • Young Minority Scientists in the Field of Cancer

    This initiative provides support for minority students, faculty researchers and young minority physicians to attend the national meetings of the AACR, and, in particular, to stimulate participation of predoctoral and postdoctoral minority students as well as young minority clinicians in cancer research. The Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award covers registration, transportation, meals and lodging.


FNIH and Amgen Foundation

  • Collaboration for Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    The Amgen Scholar Program will provide summer research opportunities to undergraduate students, as well as opportunities to attend scientific conferences in the areas of cancer biology basic, clinical and translational research. Available to eligible students through Amgen Scholars Program Host institutions in the U.S., Europe and Japan.


Co-funding Initiatives


Funding Opportunities
CRCHD supports graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. degree, combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or other professional degrees leading to a research doctorate. These opportunities will enable those students working on cancer or cancer health disparities research to obtain funding, while pursuing their doctoral degree.


CURE Supplement

Supplements to the NCI Cancer Education and Career Development Program (R25T)

The R25T CURE initiative provides opportunities for individuals underrepresented in cancer research to be trained in cancer prevention and control, epidemiology, nutrition and the behavioral and population sciences. R25T CURE supplement provides for up to five years of funding for pre-doctoral candidates and three years of funding for postdoctoral candidates.

Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
Applications Accepted: October 1 - December 1 and March 1 - May 1
Eligible Candidates: Pre-doctoral students, Post-doctoral fellows

National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grants (T32S)

The T32S CURE initiative provides support for training opportunities at the pre- or post-doctoral level at qualified institutions.

Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
Applications Accepted: At Any Time
Eligible Candidates: Pre-doctoral students, Post-doctoral fellows

Research Project Grant Supplements

  • PA-12-149 - Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

    These research supplements aim to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in cancer and cancer health disparities research. Candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Applications Accepted: October 1 - December 1 and March 1 - May 1
    Eligible Candidates: High School, Undergraduates, Graduates, Post-Baccalaureates, Post-Master's, Postdoctorals, Junior Investigators

National Research Service Awards


Funding Opportunities
CRCHD supports post-doctoral trainees pursuing cancer and cancer health disparities research. These opportunities are designed to enable post-doctoral candidates with interests in a research career to successfully transition into a funded investigator.


CURE Supplement

Supplements to the NCI Cancer Education and Career Development Program (R25T)

The R25T CURE initiative provides opportunities for individuals underrepresented in cancer research to be trained in cancer prevention and control, epidemiology, nutrition and the behavioral and population sciences. R25T CURE supplement provides for up to five years of funding for pre-doctoral candidates and three years of funding for postdoctoral candidates.

Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
Applications Accepted: October 1 - December 1 and March 1 - May 1
Eligible Candidates: Pre-doctoral students, Post-doctoral fellows

National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grants (T32S)

The T32S CURE initiative provides support for training opportunities at the pre- or post-doctoral level at qualified institutions.

Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
Applications Accepted: At Any Time
Eligible Candidates: Pre-doctoral students, Post-doctoral fellows

Research Project Grant Supplements

  • PA-12-149 - Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

    These research supplements improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in cancer and cancer health disparities research. Candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Applications Accepted: October 1 - December 1 and March 1 - May 1
    Eligible Candidates: High School, Undergraduates, Graduates, Post-Baccalaureates, Post-Master's, Postdoctorals, Junior Investigators
  • PA-12-150 - Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers

    This initiative supports individuals with high potential to reenter an active biomedical and behavioral research career after taking time off to care for children or parents or to attend to other family responsibilities.

    Program Contact: email Dr. Alison Lin, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Applications Accepted: October 1 - December 1 and March 1 - May 1
    Eligible Candidates: Individuals who were in a postdoctoral or faculty position at the time they left active research and/or have doctoral degrees, such as M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., O.D., D.V.M., or the equivalent.

Career Development Awards

  • PAR-12-050 NCI Mentored Career Development Award To Promote Diversity (K01)

    The K01 initiative provides support for intensive research career development over a duration of 3, 4, or 5 years under the guidance of an experienced mentor in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences leading to research independence. This award targets individuals that have a research or health professional doctoral degree and are from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research. This unique award provides the opportunity for the recipients to participate in peer-review related activities at the NCI throughout the duration of the award.

    Program Contact: email Dr. John Ojeifo, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Application Deadline: February 12, June 12, October 12
    Resubmission dates: March 12, July 12, November 12
    Eligible Candidates: Individuals with a research or health professional doctoral degree and are from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research.
  • PAR-12-051 - NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Award to Promote Diversity (K08)

    The K08 initiative provides an intensive, supervised research experience for health professionals with degrees such as a M.D., D.C., D.D.S., D.O., O.D., D.V.M., and N.D., and who are from groups shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research. The initiative enables trainees to acquire the research expertise needed to pursue a career in laboratory-based biomedical cancer research.

    Program Contact: email Dr. John Ojeifo, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Application Deadline: February 12, June 12, October 12
    Resubmission dates: March 12, July 12, November 12
    Eligible Candidates: Health professionals with a M.D., D.C., D.D.S., D.O., O.D., D.V.M., or N.D.
  • PAR-12-052 - Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Award to Promote Diversity (K23)

    The K23 initiative encourages research-oriented clinicians from groups shown to be underrepresented to develop independent research skills and gain experience in advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to conduct patient-oriented research.

    Program Contact: email Dr. John Ojeifo, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Application Deadline: February 12, June 12, October 12
    Resubmission dates: March 12, July 12, November 12
    Eligible Candidates: Health professionals with a M.D., D.C., D.D.S., D.O., O.D., D.V.M., or N.D.
  • PAR-12-062 - NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22)

    The K22 initiative provides an extended period of protected time and support for individuals who are advanced postdoctoral and/or newly independent research scientists who have been in an independent position for less than two years at the time of the application and are from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research.

    Program Contact: email Dr. John Ojeifo, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Application Deadline: February 12, June 12, October 12
    Resubmission dates: March 12, July 12, November 12
    Eligible Candidates: Newly independent research scientists who have been in an independent position for less than two years at the time of the application with a research or health professional doctoral degree.

Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE)

  • PAR-13-068 - Feasibility Studies for Collaborative Interaction for Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (P20)

    The P20 initiative helps researchers and faculty at MSIs, in collaboration with the researchers and faculty of NCI-designated Cancer Centers (or other institutions with highly organized, integrated research efforts focused on cancer), plan and implement focused collaborations in cancer research, cancer training, or cancer education. The expectation is that these planning grants will become the basis for generating an array of competitively funded grant applications by the NCI/NIH and other agencies, and other grants such as multidisciplinary research grants (e.g., R01s, P01s); training and career development grants (e.g., T32s; K12s, K01, etc); and or education grants (e.g., R25s).

    Program Contact: email Dr. Carmen Moten, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Application Deadline: April 19
    Eligible Candidates: Minority Serving Institutions, NCI-supported Cancer Centers, Institutions with organized cancer programs, Faculty and students at participating institutions.
  • PAR-12-055 Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) (Limited Competition U54)

    The U54 initiative seeks to implement comprehensive partnerships between MSIs and NCI-designated Cancer Centers (or groups of centers) that will develop a stronger national cancer program aimed at understanding the reasons behind the significant cancer disparities and impact on minority populations. The comprehensive partnership must be predominantly focused on cancer research, training and outreach; cancer education is optional. The partnership application must be based on previous extensive planning and priority setting activities and must achieve goals that are of clear mutual benefits.

    Program Contact: email Drs. Peter Ogunbiyi, Carmen Moten, John Ojeifo, and Anil Wali, phone: (240) 276-6170
    Application Deadline: March 17, 2009
    Eligible Candidates: Minority Serving Institutions, NCI-supported Cancer Centers, Institutions with organized cancer programs, Faculty and students at participating institutions.

Other Opportunities

  • American Association for Cancer Research's (AACR) Young Minority Scientists in the Field of Cancer

    This initiative provides support for minority students, faculty researchers and young minority physicians to attend the national meetings of the AACR, and, in particular, to stimulate participation of predoctoral and postdoctoral minority students as well as young minority clinicians in cancer research. The Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award covers registration, transportation, meals and lodging.

  • HBCU Faculty in the Field of Cancer

    The purpose of this initiative is to increase the scientific knowledge base and participation of faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in cancer research, the AACR provides support, through the HBCU Faculty in the Field of Cancer Award. This award will provide travel and subsistence funds to support the attendance of meritorious faculty members from eligible institutions at annual meetings or special conferences on more focused scientific topics of the AACR.

    Eligible Candidates: HBCU faculty

Co-funding Initiatives


Updated: 11/14/14