BETHESDA, Md--The National Cancer Institute has announced a new program
to give outstanding new scientists their first crack at independent research,
and to do so for up to four years in NCI labs.
Investigators selected for the NCI Scholars Program will receive up
to $600,000 for salary, space, equipment, and staff during their NCI tour.
They will then be eligible for another two years of noncompetitive funding
of up to $125,000 annually at an academic institution.
The NCI said that it expects to select about 10 participants the first
year. Scientists with no more than five years of postdoctoral research
in basic, clinical, or population-based research on cancer are eligible.
Years spent in clinical training do not count against the five-year limit.
A key goal is to increase the NCI's ability to attract highly talented
young scientists and to help academic institutions spot potential new investigators.
Harold Varmus, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health, noted
that NIH traditionally has trained scientists who have left to assume leadership
roles elsewhere. "This program continues that tradition," he
A Spectrum of Research Fields
NCI will consider scientists from a spectrum of research fields. Some
examples include cell biology, gene regulation, environmental determinants
of cancer, signal transduction, pharmacoepidemiology, methodologic and
statistical research, molecular biology of angiogenesis, and the translation
of basic findings to clinical settings.
For additional information, potential candidates can contact Vincent
J. Cairoli, PhD, chief, Cancer Training Branch, Executive Plaza North,
Room 520, Rockville, MD 20892-7390. Telephone: 301-496-8580. Fax: 301-402-4472.