Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance Invites LOIs for 2020 Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance (PSSCRA) is dedicated to accelerating cures for cancer by advancing the pursuit of innovative cancer research and by facilitating collaborations between the science and business communities.

To that end, PSSCRA is inviting applications for the 2020 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research. The prize is designed to provide recognizes early-career scientists in the greater New York City area with the freedom to take risks and pursue bold research at a stage when traditional funding is lacking. Prize-winners receive $200,000 a year for up to three years, with at least six prizes awarded annually.

In addition to funding, awardees are given access to a unique network and are invited to participate in a select program that includes facilitated partnerships with other researchers within and across institutions; networking opportunities (e.g., collaborations/discussions between prize winners and industry mentors, introductions to philanthropic and for-profit investors in the business community, and invitations to special industry networking and entrepreneurship events); an annual retreat and symposium; and the ability to present his/her best ideas at conferences and events (hosted by PSSCRA and other organizations).

PSSCRA defines the greater New York City area as the city’s five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester County, New Jersey, and Fairfield and New Haven counties in western Connecticut.

Letters of Intent are due November 4. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by January 24, 2020.

To be eligible, applicants must have an MD, PhD, MD-PhD degree (or equivalent) and have at least two years of experience running their own lab but no more than eight years of experience by the start date of the prize award (July 2020). Principal investigators must hold faculty appointments at academic research institutions in the greater New York City area at the level of assistant or associate professor (or equivalent). 

See the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.