ACS Grantee Talks About the Challenges of Getting Funded

ACS Grantee Talks About the Challenges of Getting Funded


I am a researcher, an American Cancer Society postdoctoral
fellow. We study leukemia Lymphoma. As, I’m sure you are aware, it’s very difficult funding nowadays and it was three years ago when
I got my award as well and I started my postdoc a couple
years before that. So, I’ve been applying for postdoctoral
fellowships from everywhere and anywhere: the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Damon Runyon, American Cancer Society, the NIH. And you know for the most part I got good
reviews back but not funded. And first submission to the American Cancer Society it said this is an excellent grant. We suggest
that you resubmit and these are our criticisms. that you can address upon resubmitting. So, I resubmitted and got even a better score but they said we still don’t have the
money to fund your project. So I had kind of given up. I got a call
from the American Cancer Society and I I didn’t know was who it was obviously. They said “Is Dr. Turner there?” and usually that means I’ve done something wrong or I am in trouble. So I kind of said who’s this. and he said, “This is the American Cancer Society and I’d like to tell you that your grant has been awarded”. I sad “Wow!” I mean you know, you fall out the chair because it was so close a couple times and you just kind of give up. Allowing me to stay in cancer for three more years has made a
tremendous impact. And I am very thankful. I am positive that kind of investment by the ACS will pay
dividends. The public resources, the NIH the funding is at an all-time low. The fact
that these people go above and beyond that is just inspiring to me.

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