The American Association for Cancer Research-Johnson & Johnson Lung Cancer Innovation Science Grants program is a joint effort to address the need for promoting and supporting collaborative cancer research in areas that include digital therapeutics and smoking cessation, as well as biomarkers/behavioral phenotyping that bolster understanding of how lung cancer can be successfully intercepted.
To that end, a grant of $1 million over three years will be awarded to a multi-institutional team in support of a new idea and/or innovative approach that has direct application and relevance to lung cancer prevention and interception. The proposed research should be translational in nature and include a clinical component with an endpoint relevant to improving the detection or treatment of lung cancer.
Priority areas of interest include clinical trials that identify unique high-risk patients for lung cancer and demonstrate sustained efficacy through the measurement of both quit rates as well as disease-related biomarkers; and clinical trials that identify digital therapeutics focused on smoking avoidance for first-time smokers or for former smokers (these therapeutics may consider the impact of social engagement, gaming, and other content relevant for a population at a risk of starting or resuming the smoking habit). The inclusion of a strategic plan for clinical confirmation of the digital therapeutic study is recommended.
To be eligible for grant funding, at least two but no more than three co-applicants from distinct institutions are required. Eligible teams must be directed by a lead principal investigator and include up to two additional co-PIs. PIs must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent doctoral degree) in the biomedical sciences or in a field applicable to health science research and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral or professional degree. PIs also must be affiliated with an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world and be a member of AACR.
See the AACR website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.