Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award

January 28, 2022 by

Key Application Dates:

The application portal opens on February 1, 2022.

The application deadline is March 16, 2022. The portal will close at 11:59pm ET.

Funding awards will be announced in the Fall 2022.



This award is $600,000; $150,000 per year for a four-year period.

Grant agreements will be issued in October of the award year.

Not more than $19,500 may be allocated annually for facilities and administration (F & A) charges or indirect costs. This amount is included in the annual payout of $150,000.

Disbursements are made on a quarterly basis to the sponsoring institution for use by the award winner and are subject to annual review of his or her progress report.

During the grant term, grantees are required to attend an annual scientific retreat held in February (all eligible expenses for grantee’s travel, lodging, and meals are covered by the Foundation).


Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in a discipline with applicability to brain cancer research.

Applicants must have received their first independent faculty appointment no earlier than March 1, 2017 and no later than January 1, 2022.

If the institution grants tenure, the qualifying appointment must be on the tenure track.

Applicant’s career track and proposed research should demonstrate outstanding promise and contribution to science relevant to brain cancer research (basic science & related fields encouraged to apply).

More than one individual from the institution may apply for this award.

This grant does not support clinical trials research.


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