The purpose of the NANETS Young Investigator Award is to encourage scientists at the end of their fellowship who have secured a faculty appointment or beginning of their faculty appointment to pursue basic and/or translational research focused on neuroendocrine tumors.

Award Sponsor

The NANETS Young Investigator Award is sponsored by a generous educational grant from Novartis.

Award Term

The NANETS Young Investigator Award (YI) is a one year award and will provide $50,000 in funding, which will be directed to the sponsoring institution.  The YI recipient will be expected to present their findings as a poster or oral presentation at the NANETS Annual Symposium.  At the conclusion of the grant year, the recipient must provide NANETS with a written progress report of the project and a budget reconciliation.

  • Scientific summary of the research project
  • Budget reconciliation
  • Any lessons learned that would be useful to other research scientists
  • Investigator’s future clinical and research plans, especially in regards to the field of neuroendocrine tumors
  • Listing of reference citations for all articles or presentations arising from the recipient’s research project
  • Description of how the YI research grant has impacted recipient’s career


  • Candidates must have a MD, MD/PhD, PhD, DO degree or equivalent
  • Candidates must be in the first 5 years of a faculty appointment (instructor, research scientist or above) in an accredited medical school or other institution in North America
  • Candidates must be a NANETS member
  • Previous recipients of BTSI or NCIS awards are not eligible to apply. 

Selection Criteria

Criteria for selection will include both the research proposal itself and the potential of the individual to make future scientific and/or clinical contributions to the neuroendocrine tumor field. Strong emphasis will be placed on the career development plan and the applicant’s personal statements, as well as the research proposal. The research proposals section should focus on research projects with the potential to directly impact and improve the treatment of patients with neuroendocrine tumors. Appropriate projects would include (but are not limited to) studies of neuroendocrine tumor epidemiology, risk factors, clinical outcomes, novel treatment strategies, and translational research projects with clear clinical significance. The research proposal can include development of a clinical trial and/or correlative studies involving existing clinical trials.

Grant Application

The grant application must have the following components in the order listed: 

Please use only Arial or Times New Roman fonts with a font size of 11. Please produce a single PDF file.

  1. Title page: Applicant Name, Project Title, Institution
  2. Career Development Plan (1-2 pages): written by the mentor and applicant. This should include intramural coursework/seminars, protected time, participation in intramural clinical trials and plans to attend national meetings focused on neuroendocrine tumors.
  3. Personal Statement by the Candidate (1-2 pages): the applicant should include description of any past research projects, evidence of interest in neuroendocrine tumors, and description of how the project will contribute to the future development of the candidate as a clinician and/or investigator in the field of neuroendocrine tumors.
  4. NIH Biosketch of the Applicant (5 page maximum)
  5. NIH Biosketch of the Mentor (5 page maximum)
  6. Letter of Institutional Support (1 page)
  7. Research Plan (no more than 3 pages) containing the following elements
    1. Specific Aims
    2. Background and Significance
    3. Preliminary Data (if available)
    4. Methods
  8. Proposed Budget: The funds can be used to support the salary of the applicant, research costs and/or travel.  Indirect expenses including fringe benefits are capped at 10%.

Review Process

Deadline for submission of the application is June 13, 2018 (11:59 pm PDT) and will be done online.  You must be logged in to access the application. Join or Login now. An email will be sent to confirm your submission was received.  Applications will be reviewed by members of the NANETS Executive Committee, Research Committee and presented to the NANETS Board of Directors for final vote and approval. Notification to the recipient will be made by July 31, 2018, and funds will be dispersed to the sponsoring institution no later than December 31, 2018, and upon receipt of a signed letter of agreement. 


Funding of this award is subject to the approval and availability of grant funds appropriated to NANETS. Therefore, NANETS reserves the right to alter, the number of investigator awards, terms and allowances.

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