Accelerating Scientific Platforms and Innovative Research

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research ASPIRE Awards (Accelerating Scientific Platforms and Innovative REsearch) enable innovative approaches to solving high-impact problems in cancer research. These awards support projects with research plans designed to answer key feasibility and proof-of-concept questions in an accelerated time frame, typically 18 months or less. Projects that successfully demonstrate feasibility may be selected to apply for additional funding in a second phase to further develop their innovative concepts and increase the speed to impact for cancer patients.

The ASPIRE Awards are open to single and multiple investigator teams, from both industry and academia. Projects will be selected based on strategic fit with The Mark Foundation’s areas of scientific focus, as well as overall robustness and high-risk/high-reward nature of the concept.

Applications will be considered in four categories:

  • Basic research
  • Discovery and translational science
  • Innovative technologies
  • Clinical research.

Detailed guidelines and key dates will be posted in June 2018.