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SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators Associated with
Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Early-Stage Cancer Research Projects

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Funding Source:

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The Hope Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/01/21 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International investigators associated with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and public and private institutions to support new and innovative cancer research projects in their early and conceptual stages. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to submitting a full application. Eligible studies are those that involve scientific risk but potentially lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on cancer research.

The SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award is a funding program that encourages novel and innovative SWOG research.  The work proposed should use resources from completed SWOG trials or be directly translatable to future clinical trials in SWOG and the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) . 

Projects will be prioritized based on (1) scientific merit; and (2) clinical relevance and potential to integrate with clinical trials. Priority will be given to projects that address issues germane to ongoing or planned SWOG clinical trials, or to projects that show potential for leading to a future clinical trial. 

SWOG’s mission is to improve the practice of cancer medicine in preventing, detecting, and treating cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors, primarily through design and conduct of clinical trials. SWOG is a National Cancer Institute-supported network of more than 4,000 cancer researchers at more than 500 institutions in the U.S., Canada, and beyond. Additional educational and cancer research support is provided by SWOG’s non-profit, philanthropic partner, The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research

Achieving SWOG’s mission of changing the practice of cancer medicine in clinical trials requires innovative ideas, techniques and perspectives. SWOG and The Hope Foundation understand that novel ideas might not align with current thinking or may not yet be supported by substantial preliminary data. The Impact Award Program is intended to foster novel scientific ideas, agents, targets, and technologies that have the potential to substantially advance the practice of clinical cancer research within the Group. 

It is expected that support via this mechanism will lead to subsequent extramural support from other sources, a metric of success for this grant awarding program. In addition, publications citing SWOG and The Hope Foundation, subsequent professional promotion or other related successes will be further metrics. Grantees must be willing to provide ongoing and long-term reporting on individual project outcomes. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159210

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual projects are funded for up to $250,000.

Term of Contract:

Individual projects may be spent over a 2- year award period

Award Period:
- March submission: June 1 - May 30
- Sept submission: January 1 - December 31

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any SWOG member investigator eligible for NIH funding is encouraged to submit to this program. (Interested applicants who are not SWOG members should please visit to learn about and initiate the individual application process. Or, contact with questions.)

Basic Science applicants are required to partner with a clinician as a Co-PI.

Though funding is awarded for Investigator-initiated projects, funding will be awarded directly to an institution. Eligible institutions include:

- Nonprofit organizations
- Public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories
- Units of State and local governments
- Eligible agencies of the Federal government
- Domestic or foreign institutions/organizations

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates

- LOI Deadlines: January 15 and July 1 at 5pm ET
- Full Application Deadlines: March 15 and September 1 at 5pm ET
- Award Announcements: Spring and Fall SWOG Group Meetings
- RFA Release: Fall SWOG Group Meeting

Application Procedure:

- Step 1: Complete an LOI
- Step 2: If invited, submit a full application

Applicants may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please compile LOI materials into a single PDF and submit to

For the online application, see the URL For Full Text below.

All inquiries may be directed to:

Johanna Horn
President & CEO
The Hope Foundation
(734) 998-7150

The Hope Foundation
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
P.O. Box 483 (Suite 3600A)
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
(734) 998-6888

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