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Cancer Education and Career Development Program (R25T)

  • Updated: 01/14/2014


The Cancer Education and Career Development Program (R25T) develops and implements curriculum-dependent programs to train predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates in cancer research settings that are highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. This program is particularly applicable to cancer prevention and control, epidemiology, nutrition, and the behavioral and population sciences.

For more complete information, reference the program announcement and/or contact the program staff. 

The last standard application receipt date for R25T applications was May 25, 2013; see NOT-CA-13-008.

PI Eligibility

  • At the time of the award, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, or a noncitizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.
  • Citizenship or green card is not needed to apply. Citizenship or green card is needed at the time of award issuance.
Career StageEstablished Investigators (Associate or Full Professors)
CommitmentRecommended: 5 - 10%
Salary support allowed.
Duration of AwardUp to 5 years

R25T Program Eligibility Criteria

Program PI
  • PI must have independent peer-reviewed cancer-focused R01 or R01-like funding at the time the R25T application is reviewed.
Program Faculty
  • Program faculty (mentors) must have independent research support and experience in conducting collaborative, team-oriented research.
  • At least 50 percent of faculty must have independent R01 or R01-like cancer-focused research support.
Pre-doc: Post-doc Ratio
  • No more than 25% of the individuals supported on new NCI-supported R25T grants can be pre-doctoral.
Foreign Trainee Ratio
  • At least 75% of the program participants salaried on an NCI-supported R25T grant must be U.S. citizens or Alien Registration Receipt Card Holders (1-151/ 1-551)
(Direct Costs)
  • For new R25T training programs, the budgets must be less than $500,000/yr. In addition, the budget for Year 1, during which no participant costs are allowed, must be less than $100,000.
  • For competing renewal R25T training programs with current budgets less than $500,000/yr, the budgets must remain at less than $500,000/yr.
  • For competing renewal R25T training programs with current budgets exceeding $500,000/yr, a request to maintain the current budget level must be submitted for program approval. No budget increases will be approved.

Program Participant Eligibility Criteria 

Citizenship, Foreign Nationals, and Student VisasU.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizen/permanent residents are eligible to apply for this award.
Career StagePre- and post-doctoral program participants.
Commitment0-12.0 calendar months
Duration of AwardTo be determined by the institution.
(Minimum of 2 years. Duration usually 2-4 years.)

R25T Allowable Costs

Program PISalary support for leadership, management, coordination and evaluation of the Program, in accordance with the percent effort commitment to the Program.
Program FacultySalary support for design, development, implementation, and refinement of the specialized curriculum in accordance with the percent effort commitment to the Program. Partial salary for a dedicated administrator is allowable.
Advisory CommitteeSalary support will not be provided to the Program Advisory Committee for their service.
Ancillary Personnel SupportSalary for mentors, secretarial and administrative assistance, etc., Not Allowed
AdvertisingA small proportion of the budget can be used for advertising and recruitment
Other Program-Related ExpensesConsultant costs, equipment, supplies, travel for key persons, and other program-related expenses must be justified
F & A costs/Indirect costs8%

Financial Support for each R25T Program Participant

  • Pre-docs up to $22,000
  • Post-docs up to $75,000
Research Development Support: tuition/fees, supplies/equipment, travel, and statistical services
  • Pre-docs up to $20,000
  • Post-docs up to $30,000

Program Announcement & Related Links

Program Announcement
Current List of R25T Awards
Link to Main Peer Review Group NCI - F
Application Form and DetailsNo future applications will be accepted.
NCI Special Notes
Trainee Forms