FAQs for Researchers
Q: What kind of research does The Gateway for Cancer Research fund?
The Gateway funds clinical trials that have the potential to make an impact on today's cancer patients. There is no restriction on the type of cancer research that can be submitted to The Gateway for review. We fund studies that target specific cancers, and research that examines the wider-reaching impact of systemic therapies on treatment, and quality of life.
Q: Who is eligible to apply for The Gateway’s cancer research funding awards?
Any investigator who is ready to conduct a clinical trial in cancer research—one which will have an IMMEDIATE impact on cancer patients—may apply for funding from The Gateway for Cancer Research. We have no restrictions on affiliations; applicants may work with any institution, and need carry no special qualifications other than proven work as a clinician, researcher or primary investigator.
Q: What is The Gateway’s cancer research approval process?
Our approval process is comprised of five steps:
As part of an initial grant application, researchers provide information on their background; a proposal for their research and methodology; possible implications for prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of cancer; and proof of their institution’s ability to support the research project.
Applications are assigned to three members of The Gateway’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) for review.
Each application is independently analyzed and ranked by the three peer reviewers. The applicants who demonstrate that their project is in line with The Gateway mission and are approved by the BSC are invited to submit a formal Grant Application.
Once the formal Grant Application is submitted to The Gateway, each application is given a score to indicate funding priority, and the most promising grants are presented to the Board of Directors.
The Gateway’s Board of Directors reviews the recommendations of the Board of Scientific Counselors, and determines final grant awards. Applicants receive funding, begin their research, and file appropriate progress reports throughout the life of the grant.
Q: Is there a cap on the awards granted by The Gateway?
The Gateway for Cancer Research does not cap any of its cancer research grant awards. Applicants should apply for the amount they believe is needed to conduct their clinical trial. Supporting documentation is expected, and progress reports throughout the life of the grant demonstrating spending will be required.
Q: Who reviews all of the grant applications?
All initial grant and full grant applications are reviewed by The Gateway’s Board of Scientific Counselors. The Gateway’s scientific counselors are located throughout the U.S. and Canada, each with particular expertise in cancer research. The Board of Directors of The Gateway for Cancer Research makes the final decision on all funding.
Q: How do I apply for a grant to become a researcher for The Gateway for Cancer Research?
Get acquainted with our movement, review the kinds of research we currently fund, and then begin the application process by filling out our initial grant application form. If you have questions about the application process, contact us.
Q: How many years is the Grant Application for?
The Gateway for Cancer Research does not have a maximum term for a grant. Applicants should apply for the amount of time they feel is necessary to successfully complete the research study.
Q: Once my grant is approved for funding, what triggers a payment?
The Gateway is unlike many other foundations in that grant money is only awarded based on patient impact. Seed money will be awarded at the beginning of the trial for startup costs. After that patient impact must be demonstrated through monthly update forms in order to trigger the next payment.