The Distinguished Scientist Award

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The Distinguished Scientist Award

The Sontag Foundation is now accepting applications for The Distinguished Scientist Award. The award is open to the applicants who must hold a doctoral degree in a discipline which can be brought to bear on the intractable disease, brain cancer.

This early career seeks to provide career and research assistance to scientists who demonstrate excellent promise to make scientific and medical success in brain cancer research. This award offers $ 600,000 over a four-year period.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in a discipline which can be brought to bear on the intractable disease, brain cancer.
  • Applicants must have received their first independent faculty appointment no earlier than March 1, 2014, at a tax-exempt academic, research, or medical institution within the United States or an equivalent institution in Canada.

How to Apply & Competition Rules

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:

Note: the application will open from January 15, 2019


  • Applications will only be accepted through the online grants portal located on the DSA Application Info & Requirements page.
  • No paper applications will be accepted. 
  • Re-applications will be accepted from candidates who applied previously if their first faculty appointment was not received before March 1, 2014.
  • There is no citizenship requirement; however, applicants must hold a faculty position at a non-profit academic or research institution.
  • If your first faculty appointment was not effective on or before January 1 of the application year, you are considered ineligible and your application will not be considered.
  • The proposed research project must demonstrate relevance to primary brain tumors; the Foundation does not fund projects focusing on metastatic brain cancer. 
  • If the institution grants tenure, the qualifying appointment must be on the tenure track.
  • Research proposal submitted for funding must be a primary focus of applicant.
  • Applicant’s career track and proposed research should demonstrate the potential to generate new knowledge relating to causes, cure or treatment of primary brain tumors/brain cancer.
  • More than one individual from the same institution may apply for this award.
  • Applicants who applied in 2018 may apply with a different research project in the 2020 grant application cycle. 


  • The DSA award provides $600,000 spread over a four-year period. The total amount of the award is based on an approved budget. Disbursements to the Institution are made quarterly.
  • The Sontag Foundation will allow up to $19,500 supporting institutional overhead with the maximum annual grant payout remaining at $150,000.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline for 2019 is March 13, 2019, 11:59 pm EST.

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