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Grants for Mesothelioma Research

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is calling for applications for available mesothelioma research funding.

The application deadline is August 5, 2017

The Meso Foundation (formerly known as MARF) is the non-profit dedicated to ending the suffering caused by mesothelioma. We are the international collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers dedicated to eradicating the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma. We believe in a cure for meso. In addition to raising awareness of the disease, advocating on behalf of the meso community, educating those newly diagnosed and providing support to those affected, we fund the most promising meso research projects through rigorous peer-review. To date we have received 516 proposals since 2000 of which 98 projects from six different countries were awarded over 9.4 million dollars.

The Meso Foundation’s research grant program offers grants for two years up to $50,000 per year. Eligible projects may relate to benchwork, translational, or clinical research that is not presently funded and may be conducted through any not-for-profit academic, medical or research institution. We encourage all levels and degrees of scientists to apply.

Encouraged projects include, but are not limited to:

1. Strategies for early detection of new or progressive disease

2. Strategies for long-term care of mesothelioma patients

3. Definition of targetable differences between normal and transformed mesothelium and development of novel strategies for treatment taking advantage of these targets

4. Determination of clinical/molecular determinants for prognosis

5. Therapeutic intervention, including but not limited to:

a. Immune Response Targeted Therapy

b. Novel chemotherapeutic compounds

c. Novel radiation or surgical techniques

Applications should be submitted through proposalCENTRAL. You will find the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation listed with the instructions and the application documents required. Applications are due no later than August 5, 2017.

Applications will be reviewed by the Meso Foundation’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) comprised of doctors and researchers who work around the world within the mesothelioma field. These members will review and score the proposals submitted in accordance with the National Institutes of Health peer review criteria and scoring procedures. The highest scoring projects will be recommended to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for funding. Based on the funding available, awards will be granted. Final award decisions will be made in December and all applicants will be notified of the outcome.

If awarded, a grant application will agree to a terms and conditions letter that will outline deadlines of progress reports and disposition of funds reports. These reports must show that the investigator is following the specific aims laid out in the grant proposal and keeping within the terms of their grant agreement. These reports will be reviewed by the SAB Chair and the Director of Research and Medical Outreach before subsequent installments are issued. Through the course of the grant no funds will be allocated to institutional direct costs. Grant recipients are also expected to attend scientific community events sponsored by the Meso Foundation where a presentation and/or poster should be presented referencing the progress of the project.

Peritoneal Research
One meritorious grant will be given to an investigator pursuing peritoneal mesothelioma research.

Young Investigators
One meritorious grant will be given to a young investigator pursuing a career in mesothelioma research. Eligibility follows:

• Applicants must be within 5 years of their first faculty appointment as of June 1, 2017. Applicants who have completed 2 years of their fellowship/post-doctoral training and are on track for faculty appointments are eligible to apply.

• Investigators representing non-profit academic research centers worldwide and investigators at government-sponsored institutions are eligible to apply.

• Investigators need not be specifically trained in mesothelioma research; however, they should be working in an environment (host institution) capable of conducting high quality mesothelioma research.

• Investigators must be able to show clear evidence of a path towards an independent research program.

• Investigators must identify a mentor.

Those wishing to submit an application in response to this call should do so through proposalCENTRAL where you will find instructions, templates and forms needed. Applications will be accepted until August 5, 2017 for this round of funding.