The V Foundation for Cancer Research has announced that it awarded grants totaling $25 million in 2018.
During the year, the foundation awarded twenty-eight V Scholar grants, two-year awards of $200,000 each designed to help young scientists establish their research careers and give them a leg up in competing for additional funding from other sources. "I'm excited about the cutting-edge tools my new lab is using to understand the biology of lymphomas that can't be cured with current therapies," said Russell Ryan, recipient of the 2018 Abeloff V Scholar Grant, which is awarded to the highest-rated proposal evaluated by the organization's scientific advisory committee. "With early funding from the V Foundation, I can move quickly to invest in the research that I hope will benefit future lymphoma patients."
The foundation also awarded seventeen Translational Grants — awards of $600,000 over three years in support of projects aimed at bringing research efforts out of the lab and closer to the patient. One of the grants was funded through the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, which supports research dedicated to the therapeutic responsiveness of and outcomes experienced by cancer patients from diverse ethnic populations, while five will fund innovative pediatric cancer research.
In addition, the foundation awarded nine grants through its Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Fund to projects that are translational in nature and designed to improve the lives of cancer survivors by minimizing toxicities from current treatments.
"The V Foundation continues to support the best and brightest young cancer scientists at a critical time as they initiate their careers," said Robert C. Bast, Jr., V Foundation board member and chair of its scientific committee. "Over the years, we have helped to launch and retain more than three hundred of the most promising young investigators. We are also facilitating the translation of the most innovative ideas from the laboratory to the clinic and back, accelerating progress toward eliminating cancer as a threat to us all."
For a complete list of the organization's 2018 grants, see the V Foundation website.