Yale Cancer Center carefully invests funds to launch new areas of cancer research. Current funding opportunities are listed below.

2019 NCCN Young Investigator Award

Yale will be nominating one candidate for the YIA through an internal selection process.

Internal Deadline: 11:59pm Sunday November 25th

Internal Application Requirements: Through Submittable, please submit the following

  • NIH Biographical Sketch (instruction and sample: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm)
  • Short Research Proposal: 2 pages maximum, which includes 1) Specific Aims, 2)Background/Significance/Rationale, 3) References     

Notification to all applicants will be sent on or before December 3rd.

Supporting information (RFA, Q&As) was sent to the YCC community via email. Please request info if needed.

Email christine.holmberg@yale.edu with questions



December 13, 2018 – internal competition deadline

January 22, 2019 – deadline for institution’s letter of intent

February 21, 2019 – sponsor’s deadline

May 2019 – sponsor’s review of applications

September 1, 2019 – funding starts



F99/K00 RFA-CA-19-002  

Frequently Asked Questions



Stipends: Stipends are provided as an allowance to help defray living expenses during the research training.  The stipend level for F99 predoctoral fellows is the same as the F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellows for up to 2 years.  See https://www.cancer.gov/grants-training/training/funding/f31.

Tuition and Fees: NCI will contribute the combined cost of tuition and fees at the rate in place at the time of award, at the same level as the F31.

Institutional Allowance: Provided to defray cost of fellowship expenses such as health insurance, research supplies, equipment, books, and travel to scientific meetings and is the same as the F31, plus a one-time additional $1,500 in the first year to attend a mandatory NCI-sponsored conference.


 The F99 fellow becomes eligible for the K00 award phase once the individual has been offered and accepted a postdoctoral appointment and must submit a K00 transition application at that time.


Yale University in its entirety may nominate one (1) candidate.


The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful cancer research postdoctoral appointments, and provide opportunities for career development activities relevant to their long-term career goals of becoming independent cancer researchers.


  • May be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States, have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence or be a non-U.S. citizen with a valid U.S. visa. For applications submitted on behalf of non-U.S. citizens with valid U.S. visas, the visa status during each phase of the F99/K00 award must allow the PD/PI to conduct the proposed research at the applicant institution. For the F99 phase of the award, the applicant F99 institution is responsible for determining and documenting, in the nomination letter, that the applicant's visa will allow the applicant to remain in the U.S. to complete the F99 phase of the award, and that there are no known obstacles that would prevent the applicant from obtaining a visa for the K00 phase.
  • Must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled as a graduate student in the 3rd or 4th year of a mentored PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., DrPH, ScD) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences at a domestic institution.
  • Must be at the dissertation research stage of training at the time of award, and must show evidence of high academic performance in the sciences and commitment to a career as an independent cancer research scientist.
  • The F99/K00 award may not be used to support studies leading to the MD, DDS, or other clinical, health-professional degree (e.g., DC, DMD, DNP, DO, DPM, DVM, ND, OD, AuD). Students matriculated in a dual-degree program (e.g. MD/PhD, DO/PhD, DDS/PhD, or DVM/PhD) are not eligible for the F99/K00 program.
  • F99 awardees are required to pursue their research training on a full-time basis, normally defined as 40 hours per week or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies.


  • For NIH requirements for application formatting click here.
  • Cover Letter (include the name, title, and institution of three (3) to five (5) referees who are not a sponsor or co-sponsor).
  • NIH Biographical Sketch following the Pre-doctoral Fellowship format. Click here for a sample.
  • Biosketches for Sponsor and Co-Sponsor (not the same as referees)
  • Project Summary (30 lines of text)
  • Specific Aims (1 page)

All applicants must use these two Aims:

Aim 1: The Dissertation Research Project. Provide a detailed description of the research to be completed in the F99 phase.

Aim 2: The Postdoctoral Research Direction.  Identify the research direction to be pursued for the K00 phase.

 Incomplete applications, applications from candidates ineligible for the competition, and applications not in the required format will not be forwarded to the review panel.  The Yale Cancer Center Award Panels review applications received by the deadline and will select Yale’s nominee.  All applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision as soon as possible after the review.  


  • It should summarize your project succinctly, outlining its importance and relevance. 
  • It should provide an overview of the project, the goals, the hypotheses to be tested, and approaches and techniques to be used.
  • You will want to outline briefly the things you plan to accomplish during the project period; be sure to describe concisely the research design and the methods to be used in the project.
  • Avoid jargon.
  • When you’re finished writing the specific aims, ask your sponsor to proofread.


Christine Holmberg 



Joann Sweasy, PhD


Yale Cancer Center Internal Grants Program