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PSOM Limited Application: Rally Career Development Award

To:           All Faculty Members

From:      Katherine L. Nathanson, MD and Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD 

                  Co-Chairs, PSOM Limited Applications Selection Committee

Subject:  2023 Rally Career Development Award


Date:       August 25, 2022


The Perelman School of Medicine has been invited to submit one nomination for the 2023 Rally Career Development Award.


Through this grant opportunity, the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally) aims to support the development of independent research of highly qualified individuals still early in their careers.  Rally Career Development Awards are intended to take an investigator from mentorship to independence by providing the opportunity to develop independent research through protected time.



  • Applicants with MD, DO, PharmD and/or PhD degrees who are within seven years of their first independent full-time faculty appointment at the time the award begins.
  • Career Development Awards are intended to support early career investigators’ research to leverage larger awards in the future. At the time of award, principal investigators may not be recommended for funding or hold a funded NIH ‘K’ level award or an independent ‘R’ or ‘P’ level award as a principal investigator or co-leader.
  • Principal investigators do not need to be U.S. citizens or located at a U.S. institution.
  • The principal investigator’s institution may be a hospital, university or private lab.


Research Priority Areas:

The application must address at least one of the following priority areas related to cancer in children, adolescents and/or young adults up to age 24 (see Section V. Grants for age ranges):

  • Innovative approaches to research that could lead to advanced studies or clinical trials.
  • Basic science studies that are likely to lead to a new discovery.
  • Under-studied cancer types.
  • Quality of life, survivorship and palliative care studies.
  • Personalized, targeted, alternative or integrative research proposals.
  • Data utilization through data standardization, collection, storage, analysis and sharing.


Please note that Rally will not fund proposals for infrastructure programs, human embryonic stem cell research, or indirect costs.


Applicants are encouraged to review the complete program guidelines here:


Award Amount:

  • Up to $100,000 annually for 3 years.
  • Up to $100,000 may be used for the principal investigator’s salary and fringe benefits.  If the applicant chooses to include research support, up to $25,000 may be used for research support (i.e., support personnel, supplies, travel, contractual) with the remaining funds available for the principal investigator’s salary and fringe benefits.


PSOM Limited Applications Committee Review and Selection Process:

Candidates must submit the following in their application:

  • A cover sheet with nominee’s name, department, telephone number, address, and email address, date of faculty appointment, and title of proposal.
  • Letter of support from department chair or division chief.
  • A research proposal, no longer than two pages (references not included in two-page limit).
  • Biosketch including current, past, and pending funding, with award amounts (direct dollars per year).  Please be specific about any areas of potential overlap your proposed project may have with funded grants and/or pending applications.


Submission should be in a single pdf file in the following order: Cover sheet, letter of nomination, research proposal, biosketch. The pdf document should be titled as follows: Rally__InvestigatorSurname_Investigator first name. For example: Rally _Doe_Jane.pdf. 


Proposals must be submitted to Kaitlyn Hagarty at by 9:00am Friday, September 16th, 2022.

Please send any questions to