Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research 2022

The Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research 2022 is now accepting applications.

Beginning Investigator Grant

The BIG Cat program’s purpose is to help the next generation of African cancer researchers stay in their native nations and institutions while also contributing to Africa’s overall research and training capacity growth by creating evidence that will influence practice and policy.

BIG Cat was founded in 2010 by the National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health (NCI/CGH) in the United States, and it is now a collaboration between AORTIC, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and the NCI/CGH, with funding from academic, industrial, and scientific organizations.

Any field of cancer research, including fundamental research, clinical research, population-based research, and translational research throughout the cancer care continuum, may be recommended for funding (prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, supportive and palliative care, and survivorship).


  • Each grant will provide $55,000 over two years for research project expenses, such as salary and benefits for the grant recipient and any collaborators, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, graduate students (including tuition costs), and/or research assistants, research/laboratory supplies, equipment, publication charges for manuscripts that are directly related to the funded project, and other research expenses.

Beginning Investigator Grant Requirements

The principal investigator (PI) is responsible for:

  • Be a starting investigator, which is described as a physician or scientist who has completed their highest level of education within the last 10 years. In most African nations, an achieved academic (or research) doctorate (such as a Ph.D.) or medical degree (such as a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), or Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB, MB BS, BM MCh, etc.) is regarded the highest level of education. When an investigator possesses several terminal degrees, the calculation is based on the most recent degree’s date of award.
  • Be an active member of AORTIC. AORTIC membership is also required during the LOI stage.
  • Reside in Africa and undertake research on the continent, with a focus on the region’s cancer burden. It is necessary to provide proof of residence.
  • Possess legal residency in Africa.
  • Have not previously gotten a BIG CAT award.

Application for Beginning Investigator Grant

Guidelines and Application Instructions for the Competitive Letter of Intent Program may be found here.

By 5:00 p.m. UTC (1:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, candidates must submit an online Letter of Intent to the BIG Cat program.

Beginning Investigator Grant Deadline

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Deadline: December 15, 2021

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