Current Grant Opportunities

The Lymphoma Research Foundation announces Request for Proposals on a regular basis each year.  In calendar year 2020, LRF is accepting applications for its 2021 Early Career Grant programs: the Clinical Investigator Career Development Award (CDA), Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant, and Lymphoma Scientific Research Mentoring Program (LSRMP), an expansion of its previous Clinical Research Mentoring Program.

FAQs about our grant programs are listed below. To receive an email notification when future RFPs are released, please click here to subscribe to research grant announcements.

For information about applying for patient aid grants, please visit lymphoma.org/financialsupport.

NOTE: Lymphoma Research Foundation reserves the right to establish any announcement date and deadline it deems necessary and appropriate for any RFP, and to change deadlines, forms, and guidelines, plus any and all details pertaining to grant availability, rules, eligibility criteria, selection process, etc. All LRF Research Grants are dependent on funding availability.

Research Grant FAQs

Is a Letter of Intent (LOI) required?

No a Letter of Intent (LOI) is not required.

When is the proposal due?

The submission deadline for the 2021 grant cycle is 5:00 pm EST on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

Who is eligible to apply for these grants?

Early career investigator grants are generally open to advanced fellows and junior faculty who are working at a non-profit organization or research institution such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories in the United States and Canada. The CDA is open to clinical fellows and faculty only; the Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to both clinical and postdoctoral fellows. The LSRMP is open to both clinical and postdoctoral fellows, while faculty eligibility is dependent on whether the applicant chooses the clinical or lab/translational track. Please refer to the individual RFPs for exact eligibility criteria.

Disease Focus Area grants are open to principal investigators who hold an academic faculty appointment of assistant, associate, or full professor or its equivalent, at non-profit organizations or public or private institutions such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories in the United States and Canada, as long as the project fits the focus area criteria outlined in the RFP. For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for LRF funds. Please refer to the individual RFPs for exact eligibility criteria.

If you are unsure if an investigator or specific project are eligible for a particular Lymphoma Research Foundation grant, please contact researchgrants@lymphoma.org well in advance of the deadline.

What types of research projects are accepted?

LRF grants seek research projects that focus exclusively on the study of lymphoma and/or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Projects which combine the study of lymphoma/CLL with another cancer or hematologic malignancy (including myeloma and other leukemias) will not be accepted. Different mechanisms may require a focus on a specific type of research (for example, the CDA requires a project with a significant clinical component), or a focus on a specific lymphoma subtype or patient population. Database studies, health outcomes research, and/or epidemiological studies, or projects with these components, are welcome where indicated in the RFP. Please review individual RFPs carefully to determine if a project aligns with the eligibility criteria.

If you are unsure if an investigator or project is eligible for a particular grant project, please contact researchgrants@lymphoma.org well in advance of the deadline.

What is the percentage of grant proposals funded by LRF?

Between 2016-2020, the average success rate for applicants to LRF early career grant programs were as follows:

Clinical Career Development Awards: 31%

Post-doctoral Fellowships: 25%

LCRMP (LSRMP-Clinical track): 59%

Please note: The translational track of the LSRMP cannot be calculated as this is the first year the program has been offered, although it is anticipated that this track will have a success rate similar to the LCRMP.

What are the citizenship requirements for applicants?

Eligible applicants must be a citizen of the United States or Canada or hold a visa to work in the United States or Canada. In addition, applicants must be able to commit to remaining at an American or Canadian institution for the duration of the project. *In some cases, Disease Focus Area grants may allow international collaborators if the majority of work is being done at a U.S. or Canadian institution. 

Are American/Canadian citizens working at an institution in another country eligible?

No. Applicants to these programs must be based at an institution in the United States or Canada for the duration of the project.

Are proposals with multiple Principal Investigators (PIs) acceptable?

Applications should be filed in the name of one person who will serve as the primary PI for administrative purposes (disbursing funds, filing reports, etc.).

For Disease Focus Area grants, a “co-PI” may be designated in the Key Personnel section if appropriate to a collaborator’s role in the project. Early Career Grants (CDA, Fellowship, LSRMP) should not include co-PIs.

Must a hard copy of the entire application be mailed?

No. Applicants are not required to mail a hard copy of any application component. Please note that the signature and waiver pages must be printed, signed by the appropriate institutional officials, and uploaded into the application as a PDF before submission.

Do I have to have an ORCiD to apply for a grant?

In keeping with current NIH policy, LRF requests all applicants to provide ORCiDs at the time of application beginning with the summer 2020 cycle. Please follow the instructions in the “Applicant” screen of the Proposal Central application to link an existing account or create a new one at orcid.org.

ORCiDs will not be required for summer 2020 applications, but LRF strongly encourages applicants to obtain and/or provide their ORCiDs as we anticipate moving to a requirement in future application cycles.

What biosketch format should my key personnel and I use?

Please use the current NIH  biosketch format. Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants should note that if they choose to use the fellowship biosketch they are not required to include grades and courses in Section D. All other grant applicants and any mentors, sponsors, or key personnel should use the non-fellowship biosketch template.

What font should I use?

Any legible font 11 points or larger is acceptable.

Are there limits on the number of pages?

Yes, please refer to the RFP for each program for page limits.  Please note that where page limits are indicated, proposals which exceed those limits will be disqualified from review.

Is there a required format for my letters of support?

The format of letters of support is left to the discretion of the writer; please refer to each program’s RFP for content requirements. All letters should be submitted on institutional letterhead. In general, support letters should be written by someone familiar with the applicant’s work in general and/or the proposed project specifically.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, CDA, and LSRMP applicants should note that their mentor or sponsor letter should include a detailed description of the applicant’s contribution to the proposed project (any work the applicant individually did to develop the project independently of the sponsor or other colleagues).

Additional letters, uploaded as part of the appendix, may be required to verify support from pharmaceutical partners or other collaborating entities. Review each program’s RFP for details.

Please also note that all anonymized support letters must be uploaded into Proposal Central or the application cannot be submitted. Applicants should confirm that their letter writers have received their request email from Proposal Central and are able to log in to the system well in advance of the deadline to avoid issues with their submission.

Is there any specific format for publications?

Publications must be uploaded in PDF format.

How should I upload my assurances (i.e. IRB, IACUC, biohazards)? What if I don’t have approval yet?

If IRB/IACUC/etc. approval is applicable to the project and has been received, in the “Organization Assurances” screen of the Proposal Central application select “approved,” fill in the appropriate certificate numbers, and upload proof of approval as an attachment. Note: applicants only need to upload proof of approval, not the full certificate.

If approval has not yet been received, select “pending” as the response, and upload an attachment noting that approval is pending and the approximate date a decision is expected. Please note that you must demonstrate receipt of the appropriate assurances in order to receive your award, if selected. You will be asked to provide proof of approval after you are notified of your award.

LSRMP applicants will also be asked to indicate any pending or procured assurances on the Cover Sheet template.

Why is proposalCENTRAL asking me to import my Other Research Support from my profile? Do I have to import this info or can I fill it in manually?

proposalCENTRAL allows applicants to store other research support in their individual profile and import it into an application as needed. Follow the directions on the application page to import funding from your profile to the application, or use the indicated buttons to open your profile to add new entries.  For technical assistance with this section, contact proposalCENTRAL technical support at pcsupport@altum.com .

Who conducts the grant review?

Applications will be reviewed by members of LRF’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which is comprised of some of the leaders in the field of lymphoma research, and, where applicable, other researchers with expertise in the specific areas being funded.

Will I have the opportunity to respond to feedback and re-submit my application?

The LRF Scientific Advisory Board may elect to provide feedback to applicants discussed during the final round of review. This feedback will be for the improvement of future grant submissions only; responses and resubmissions during the current grant cycle are not permitted. The SAB’s decision is final.

Please note, if an applicant chooses to revise and resubmit a project in a future application cycle, they should indicate the project is a resubmission on the appropriate question in the application system. This will link their new application to the previous one and allow the review committee to assess the revisions that have been made.

When will I find out if I have been selected for an award?

Applicants will be informed in writing by December 22, 2020.

I am an early-career grant applicant, can I have a mentor/sponsor who is not at my home institution?

Your primary mentor/sponsor should be based at your home institution, however, you are welcome to have associate mentors or sponsors at other institutions if their expertise will be particularly relevant to your proposed project.  Please note if you have more than one mentor/sponsor, a biosketch should be submitted for each person, and each person should submit separate recommendation letters – however the associate mentor/sponsor letters may count towards your additional required recommendation letters.

Must my CDA project involve clinical research?

Yes– the focus of the training is to prepare clinicians to design and administer clinical studies in lymphoma and to take on the primary responsibilities for clinical trial design, protocol writing, Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission, and publication. Proposals must involve clinical observation of human subjects and may include study or development of new diagnostic, methods, therapies, and/or outcome measurements directed to patients with lymphoma. Studies or proposals that are exclusively laboratory based are not appropriate for this program.

Are non-clinicians eligible to apply for the CDA?

No– applicants must be licensed clinical physicians in one of the ACGME accredited specialties and be working at a clinical research institution in the United States or Canada for the duration of the grant award period.

What time commitment is required for the CDA?

The Clinical Investigator must spend a minimum of 35 to 50 percent of his/her time in research. This time should be free of major patient care, teaching or administrative responsibilities.

What is the Follicular Lymphoma Initiative Award?

LRF will be funding a minimum of one CDA award in the 2021 cycle for an exemplary research project focused exclusively on adult follicular lymphoma. This award is being offered in addition to the funding already reserved for LRF’s CDA awards, which will be awarded to the strongest applications regardless of subtype.

What does “one mentor per applicant” mean?

Each CDA applicant should have a primary mentor that is not designated as primary mentor for another LRF CDA applicant in the same cycle. The primary mentor should be in a faculty role (preferably senior faculty) in the department where the applicant will be performing the research for their CDA project. If there are multiple CDA applicants with the same primary mentor, LRF will request that the mentor designate which application to accept for review.

Please note that a CDA applicant may have a primary mentor who has served as mentor for a CDA applicant in a past cycle (even if that applicant is currently an active CDA grantee). A CDA applicant may also have a primary mentor who is serving as primary mentor for a Postdoctoral Fellowship and/or LSRMP applicant in the current cycle.

Must my Fellowship project involve clinical research?

No, both laboratory and clinic based projects are acceptable, but the results and conclusions must be clearly relevant to the treatment, diagnosis or prevention of Hodgkin and/or non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Areas of research may include, but are not limited to, etiology, immunology, genetics, therapies and transplantation. Historically, successful applications in this program have focused on basic, translational, and epidemiological research.

I’m not a faculty member yet, but I will be starting a position this fall. Can I apply for a Fellowship grant?

No. Postdoctoral Fellowships are not open to applicants in faculty positions prior to the start of the award period (March 1, 2021).  Applicants receiving an award may move into a faculty position during the period of the grant.

Junior faculty members in clinical research may be eligible to apply to the CDA or LSRMP, and Instructor level PhDs may be also eligible for the LSRMP; see those RFPs for details.

I have a PhD, and I’m doing postdoctoral work, not an ACGME fellowship program – what does the “two years” requirement mean for me?

If you are a PhD not participating in an ACGME fellowship program, the two year requirement does not apply to you. You may apply for the fellowship at any time in the first five years (60 months) of your postdoctoral work, as long as you will not be beyond five years as of March 1, 2021.

I have an MD and I’m a clinical fellow – do I have to meet bot the two year minimum and five year maximum requirement?

Yes– clinical fellows must have completed at least two years (24 months) of fellowship work and no more than five years (60 months) of fellowship work as of March 1, 2021 to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship.  If you are beyond the five year limit, you may be eligible for either the CDA or LCRMP programs – see those RFPs for details.

What time commitment is required for a Fellowship?

The Fellow must spend a minimum of 80 percent of his/her time in research without major patient care, teaching, or administrative responsibilities except as such responsibilities relate directly to a pre-clinical or clinical lymphoma research project.

What does “one sponsor per applicant” mean?

What does “one sponsor per applicant” mean?

Each Postdoctoral Fellowship grant applicant should have a primary sponsor that is not designated as primary sponsor for another LRF Fellowship applicant in the same cycle. The primary sponsor should be in a faculty role (preferably senior faculty) in the lab (for basic or translational projects) or department (for clinical projects) where the applicant will be performing the research for their Postdoctoral Fellowship project. If there are multiple Fellowship applicants with the same primary sponsor, LRF will request that the sponsor designate which application to accept for review.

Please note that a Fellowship applicant may have a primary sponsor who has served as sponsor for a Fellowship applicant in a past cycle (even if that applicant is currently an active Fellowship grantee). A Fellowship applicant may also have a primary sponsor who is serving as primary sponsor for a CDA and/or LSRMP applicant in the current cycle.

What is the Lymphoma Research Foundation Health Equity Initiative?

LRF will be funding a minimum of two Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants in the 2021 cycle initiated by PIs from underrepresented groups in the lymphoma and CLL research fields. These groups include: American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, African Canadians, Inuit, and First Nation Peoples. Applicants must also be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada and meet all other eligibility criteria for the Fellowship Grant. This award is being offered in addition to the funding already reserved for LRF’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants; applicants who indicate they are eligible for the Health Equity Initiative funding will also be eligible for Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants funded through other sources.

How does the LSRMP differ from the Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program (LCRMP) LRF sponsored in previous years?

The Lymphoma Scientific Research Mentoring Program (LSRMP) combines the existing LCRMP curriculum and grant structure with an additional cohort for MD and PhD early career researchers who are preparing for careers focused on laboratory and translational research.  Participants in both tracks will attend the LSRMP Workshop and follow up programs, which will feature both curricula tailored specifically to their chosen research track and collaborative opportunities for laboratory/translational and clinical researchers to work together and learn from each other.

Should I apply to the clinical track or the laboratory/translational track?

Each LSRMP track has its own application in Proposal Central.  Applicants should choose the track most appropriate for their application and apply there – applicants may not apply to both tracks in the same application cycle. On the title page of the Proposal Central application, applicants may indicate if they are willing to be considered in either track based on the review committee’s assessment.

Non-clinicians (postdoctoral fellows and PhD Instructors) are only eligible to apply to the laboratory/translational track. MD Assistant Professors are only eligible to apply to the clinical track. Clinical fellows and MD Instructors may apply to either track; however please keep in mind that applicants will be assessed on the appropriateness of their proposed project and Career Development Plan to the track they have chosen.

Please review the full criteria for each track located in the RFP, particularly “Research Objectives and Evaluative Factors” on page 4 as well as the “Applicant Eligibility” section for each track (pages 5 and 6). Questions about a project’s suitability for either track should be directed to researchgrants@lymphoma.org well in advance of the deadline.

How are the LSRMP eligibility requirements calculated?

Clinical track: By the workshop in March 2021, applicants must be considered at least a second-year fellow or not have gone beyond 4 years in their first faculty position.  Applicants must also not have exceeded four years past completion of their clinical fellowship or twelve years past completion of their MD by March 1, 2021.

Translational track: By the workshop in March 2021 applicants must be a postdoctoral fellow with no more than seven years as a postdoctoral fellow, a clinical fellow at least in their second year of clinical fellowship, or an MD or PhD in their first four years at the Instructor-level. MD instructor applicants should also not be more than four years beyond completion of their fellowship or more than twelve years beyond completion of their MD or equivalent degree by March 2021. PhD instructor applicants should not be more than twelve years beyond completion of their PhD or equivalent degree by March 1, 2021.

Applicants who are unsure whether they meet the eligibility requirements for either track are welcome to email researchgrants@lymphoma.org for assistance well in advance of the deadline.

What time commitment is required for the LSRMP?

Selected applicants must be able to attend and participate in all parts of the program including the workshop from March 8 through March 12, 2021 in Scottsdale, AZ, the follow-up meetings in Fall 2021 and 2022, and LRF required communication, reporting and evaluation.

Is my Mentor required to attend the workshop?

No, Mentors are expected to provide support and guidance to the Applicant while he/she is at their home institution and assist with the execution of the Applicant’s research project. They will not be asked to attend the March workshop or follow up programs.

If applicants from the same institution apply, can they both be chosen?

Only one individual per institution will be accepted to a given track. This means an institution could have both a clinical track and a translational track participant, however, if there are multiple applicants from one institution in the same track, the review committee will only select one of these for the program.

I am a fellow anticipating moving into a faculty position soon. How do I address this in my application?

Please see the cover sheet and instructions for the Research Proposal in the RFP, which note where you should address any anticipated changes of rank or institution, and its estimated impact on your research proposal.

For laboratory/translational track applicants, please note that applicants who move into an Assistant Professor position prior to the March 2021 workshop are not eligible to participate in the program. Applicants selected for the program may move into an Assistant Professor position following the workshop and remain in the program.

I’ve already participated in a different mentorship program with ASH (or any other organization). May I apply for the LRF program?

Yes. Applicants who have completed ASH’s CRTI program, the EHA-ASH TRTH program or another mentorship program may apply for LRF’s program. However, you may not participate in another competitively applied for mentorship during the period of the LRF program (March 2021 through October 2023).

What is the Follicular Lymphoma Scholar Award?

LRF will be funding a minimum of one LRF Scholar in the 2021 cycle for a research project focused exclusively on follicular lymphoma. Clinical and translational track applicants are eligible for this award. This award is being offered in addition to the funding already reserved for LRF’s LSRMP program, which will be awarded to the strongest applications regardless of subtype.