Brain Cancer SPORE Career Development Program

The goal of the Career Development Program in the Mayo Clinic Brain Cancer SPORE Grant is to train investigators beginning their careers in translational, multidisciplinary research studies of gliomas and other primary brain tumors and to help them demonstrate clear potential to become independent translational researchers.

Co-directors: Robert B. Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., and Brian Patrick O'Neill, M.D.

Program details

The Career Development Program focuses on:

  • Junior faculty investigators (instructor or assistant professor level)
  • Laboratory-based investigators who have outstanding research potential to become independent investigators in some aspect of brain cancer translational research but who are not yet independently funded to perform this research
  • Clinicians with demonstrated interest and ability in translational research who are committed to careers in brain tumor translational research and interested in additional research training in pursuit of this career

Early career investigators must identify a mentoring team with one primary mentor and others with relevant expertise in basic, population, and clinical or translational research. The primary mentor should have external research funding in brain cancer, translational research productivity, and the willingness to commit the time and assistance needed to maximize the applicant's potential for success.

The Career Development Award provides up to $50,000 a year for one or more awards each year. The Brain Cancer SPORE calls for applications annually, and experienced SPORE investigators formally peer review submissions. Funds are awarded based on:

  • The qualifications of the applicant, with emphasis on prior productivity and potential for success as an independent translational brain tumor researcher
  • The significance, scientific merit and translational potential of the proposed research
  • The value added to the Mayo Clinic Brain Cancer SPORE
  • The qualifications and track record of the primary mentor