Lloyd J. Old STAR Program

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At the recommendation of our Scientific Advisory Council, the Cancer Research Institute is developing a new grant program that will provide sustained funding of $250,000 per year for a period of 5 years for mid-career scientists: tenure-track assistant professors (minimum 3 years) and associate professors (maximum 3 years).

Rooted in CRI’s exceptional track record of identifying and supporting people who have had major impact on the cancer immunology enterprise, these new grants will not be tied to a specific research project, but rather would support outstanding researchers (Scientists TAking Risks) based on the quality and promise of their overall work. CRI Lloyd J. Old STARs will push the fields of cancer immunology and immunotherapy to new heights.


Named for CRI's founding scientific and medical director, whose vision and expertise guided CRI's programs for forty years earning him the title "Father of Modern Tumor Immunology," the CRI Lloyd J. Old STAR Program supports today's scientific visionaries. 

Candidates selected for this award are expected to be the future leaders in the field of cancer immunotherapy, and this sustained funding will enable them to carry out transformational research. Because the funds are not restricted to a particular project, the award allows the recipients to follow new and promising lines of investigation, which often lead to unanticipated scientific breakthroughs. This long-term funding provides a degree of flexibility and freedom to explore out-of-the-box and disruptive avenues of research.

The profile of recipient investigator would be a scientist who takes risks with the expectation of high rewards, even in the face of potential failure. They will use their expertise, scientific acumen, and visionary curiosity to ask important, significant, and often non-obvious immunological questions. They will be the rare researcher who connects disparate pieces of discoveries, often from multiple disciplines, to develop and test new hypotheses that lead to step changes in our understanding and innovation to the field of cancer immunotherapy.

We would expect that their discoveries in basic or translational research will ultimately influence the development of new immune based therapies that will be effective for more cancer patients. CRI Lloyd J. Old STARs will be at the forefront of discovery and innovation and will be viewed as the leaders in scientific thought and invention.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

An application portal will be open soon. 

If you have any questions, please contact grants@cancerresearch.org.

*Immunotherapy results may vary from patient to patient.