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Start-Up Grant (Italy | cancer research)

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The AIRC Start-Up grant program is for talented young scientists with a strong commitment to cancer research, seeking the opportunity of becoming independent investigators and setting up their own lab in Italy after a successful research experience abroad. AIRC funding calls are open to scientists of any nationality.

Eligibility criteria:

  • be 40 years old or younger by the time of the pre-submission application’s deadline (born on or after March 5, 1983). Exceptions to the age limit are allowed only in case of research interruptions (see the “Research Interruptions and Justifications” section of the Guide to proposal preparation).
  • Hold a PhD or a Specialty degree.
  • Have a significant experience in a competitive laboratory outside of Italy, ongoing or very recent. Applicants must not have been back in Italy for more than 12 months at the time of the deadline for the pre-submission inquiry.
  •  Have a strong track record, including at least 2 primary research papers as first/co-first, last/co-last or corresponding/co-corresponding author, in press or published in the last 5 years in peer-reviewed journals

The grant provides 200,000 EUR/year for 5 years, including indirect costs.

Pre-submission applications close on March 5, 2024. Full invited applications close on May 29, 2024.

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Grant duration :

5 years

Grant amount:

200,000 €/year
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Letter of inquiry:
March 5, 2024
Full application due:
May 29, 2024

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