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The Global Oncology Young Investigator Award (GO YIA) provides research funding to early-career investigators to encourage and promote quality research in global oncology and to develop the next generation of researchers to address global health needs. This is a mentored award and the research project is conducted under the guidance of a scientific mentor.   

ASCO and Conquer Cancer are committed to fostering health equity in cancer research by improving diversity and inclusion in the oncology workforce, funding research focused on health disparities and bolstering funding for investigators from underrepresented populations in medicine and low and middle-income countries. 

The Global Oncology Young Investigator Award is intended to support:

  1. Research by investigators in low resource settings on scientific questions specific to those settings. This research has potential to offer “reverse innovation” insights that could influence practice in a wide range of practice settings.
  2. Research by investigators in high resource settings on issues in resource-limited settings. 
  3. Collaborative research (high and low resource investigators) on questions of shared concern, such as studying a cancer type that affects a small population in the U.S. but is common in another country.

Applicants are encouraged to be innovative in their research proposal. Proposed research projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical and translational research
  • Innovative care delivery
  • Prevention and palliative care
  • Implementation research
  • Health Systems, Outcomes and Economics research related to cancer control and care

The GO YIA is a two-step application process that includes both a Letter of Intent (LOI) and a full proposal.  After LOI reviews, LOIs that meet the eligibility criteria and that fit within the research project criteria will be invited for a full application submission.

Funding Available

The GO YIA is a one-year grant for $50,000. The number of GO YIAs in each funding cycle is not predetermined by Conquer Cancer.  Awards are given based on individual merit and availability of funds. 


​All of the following criteria should be met to qualify for a GO YIA:

Applicants (Principal Investigator)

  • Have a doctoral degree (including MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DO, or equivalent doctoral degrees).
  • In the last year of training or during the first two years of a faculty/staff appointment (if in academic institution) or first two years of employment (if in a non-academic institution) at the time of grant submission, and must be within 10 years of terminal degree (MD, PhD or equivalent) at the time of application. 
  • Should demonstrate an interest in oncology or a related branch of science and be working in an oncology setting, but are not required to have oncology-specific training
  • Be able to commit at least 60% of full-time effort to research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the award period.
  • Must have a contractual obligation with the sponsoring organization (see section on Eligible Organizations).
  • 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

Applicants who are uncertain about their eligibility are encouraged to contact our grants team for clarification and provide their CV for evaluation. To download the GOYIA Request for Proposals (RFP), click here

Eligible Organizations

The sponsoring organization must assure support for the proposed research project. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and resources that can contribute to the planning process and implementation of the project. The sponsoring organization must assure to provide protected time to the Principal Investigator. Organizations must have been operating for at least one full year and have an acceptable management structure and processes in place.

Applications may be submitted by the following entities:

  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Research Organizations
  • Government Organizations (may include medical centers and hospitals that have access to resources and infrastructure to support a research project)
  • Nonprofit Organizations (includes medical societies or associations, advocacy organizations, foundations, hospitals)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.

Application Instructions

All application materials must be in English and must be submitted through the Application Portal. Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted.



The Global Oncology Young Investigator Award is supported by:

Amy Peterson, MD and Anonymous

This list reflects commitments as of May 26, 2023.

This grant receives support that may result in a report to the CMS Open Payments website under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The supporting companies are required to report the amount of the grant, the names of physicians who are awarded this grant, and the names of their institutions. This information may appear on the Open Payments websiteFind out more information about the Sunshine Act and CMS Open Payments program.