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by Susan Poteat and Hans Hammers, M.D.

KCCure is pleased to announce an inaugural Request for Applications for a $100,000 Grant Award to fund innovative high-risk, high-impact ideas for kidney cancer research.  The application deadline is March 15, 2017.  The grant will be awarded in April 2017, and funding will cover a research project for a two year period.  Investigators representing academic research centers within the United States are eligible to apply.

Proposed projects should develop a new research direction, explore an innovative idea, test an unconventional, but potentially important new hypothesis, or ascertain the feasibility of a new research approach. The grant application instructions are available on the KCCure website: and we encourage IKCC newsletter readers to share this opportunity with researchers who work in the field of kidney cancer:

KCCure is an organization of patients, caregivers, doctors and medical researchers dedicated to eliminating kidney cancer through increased funding to accelerate research. Grant applications will be reviewed by member of the KCCure Scientific Advisory board. The review of proposals by researchers in the field of kidney cancer will ensure that a high quality, timely and promising scientific research is selected.

According to the American Cancer Society, of the 782 grants awarded for cancer research in 2016, only nine were made available to kidney cancer. Lack of access to “seed” money for early research makes it more difficult for kidney cancer researchers to further develop their ideas and access additional funding from other sources such as DOD or NCI grants.

KCCure’s goal is to increase funding to accelerate early stage research that will lead to a cure for all patients and prevent future kidney cancer diagnoses. Operations are funded primarily through contributions from the public, including individuals, nonprofit organizations, and corporations with funds going toward research grants designated for kidney cancer.

This grant award is our first pilot project toward our goal of increasing the number of high quality research projects directed toward finding a cure  for kidney cancer. Please help us make it a success by sharing the Request for Application with researchers in your circle who have a special interest in kidney cancer.

Please see this link on our web site for more complete information.