Young Investigator Award in Breast Cancer

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award (YIA) in Breast Cancer provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality clinical research in breast cancer. The purpose of this award is to fund physicians during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment. The Conquer Cancer Foundation welcomes application submissions only from investigators who are committed to conducting clinical and translational breast cancer research. The Young Investigator Award is a one-year grant totaling $50,000. 


Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Young Investigator Award (YIA) in Breast Cancer:

  • Be a physician (MD, DO, or international equivalent) working in any country at an academic medical institution.
  • A sub-specialty training completion date between 7/1/2018 to 9/25/2020, and a medical degree completion date of 1/1/2008 or later at the time of grant submission. Examples of subspecialty training include, but are not limited to, a hematology-oncology fellowship, a surgical oncology fellowship, or a radiation oncology residency. An MD, PhD is eligible if both degrees are completed prior to the start of the grant period. If there are questions regarding whether the potential applicant is at the correct career stage, send an email to for clarification and eligibility verification.
  • Be planning an investigative career in clinical oncology with a focus in breast cancer.
  • Have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted at the time of application.
  • An institutional commitment for a faculty appointment at the time of grant submission is not required, but the applicant should be working in an oncology laboratory or clinical research setting.
  • Have a mentor with expertise in the field from the sponsoring institution.  The mentor must assume responsibility and provide guidance for the research. If the mentor is not an ASCO member, a supporting letter from an ASCO member from the sponsoring institution must be included. 
  • Be an ASCO member or have submitted a membership application with the grant application. To apply for new membership, or to renew an existing membership, go to
  • Be able to commit at least 60% of full- time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the award period.

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions of the 2019 Request for Proposals. All application materials must be in English and must be submitted through the Grants Portal. Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted.

Closing Soon: Apply by May 23, 2019.

Application Deadlines

Application Open: 

April 8, 2019

Application Deadline: 

May 23, 2019

Award Term: 

July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

The 2019 Young Investigator Award in Breast Cancer is supported by: