Dec 11, 2015


by Grant Goad

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s goal is to double the survival rate of this deadly disease by 2020. It’s no small task: pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., with a 5-year survival rate of only 7 percent.

One of the pillars of the organization’s strategy is research. In a partnership launched in 2003 with the American Association for Cancer Research(AACR), the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has awarded more than $28 million through 123 research grants to scientists across the U.S.

This year, grants have been awarded to researchers investigating topics such as tumor metabolism, targeting KRAS, immunotherapy, and heredity in pancreatic cancer. Three different types of grants were awarded:

– 2015 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Research Acceleration Network Grants: These 3-year grants of $1 million each provide strategic funding to projects with a clinical component and that are already underway.

– 2015 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Awards: These grants support researchers in the early stages of their careers with a 2-year, $200,000 award. They are designed to enable these scientists to establish a successful career in pancreatic cancer research.

– 2015 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grant: Awarded to a scientist in the postdoctoral stage of his or her career, this grant is designed to provide support as he or she moves into a leadership role in pancreatic cancer research. This $600,000 grant is awarded over a 5-year period.

 – 2015 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Translational Research Grants: These 2-year, $300,000 grants are awarded to independent scientists in translational research whose goal is to develop solutions for pancreatic cancer prevention, assessment, or treatment.

The organization has also partnered with the National Cancer Institute’s Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research to award 2 fellowships to support research into KRAS mutations.

See the full list of 2015 grant winners here. >

For more information and to apply for a grant, visit the Apply for a Pancreatic Cancer Research Grantpage on the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s website.

Learn how you can make a difference and support pancreatic cancer awareness and research during National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Read the article on our blog and wage hope this November.