Project Summary

The grant call aims to fund medical research focused on the racial disparity in prostate cancer to complement the social research we are already investing in, to gather a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced and the actions that need to be taken.

You can apply for either:
A seed grant (up to $50,000) or
A pilot grant (Up to $100,000)

Duration: Up to 18 months

The funding can be used to cover direct costs, including 20% allowable indirect costs.

Equipment that equals or exceeds $5,000 with a useful life of more than one year, is not included in the direct cost total used.

About the Researchers



Applications are accepted from academic or research institutions, or hospitals that are based in the USA. National or international collaborations will be considered as long as the award can be administered through a USA-based lead host institution.


The lead applicant(s) must be based in the USA and at minimum have a PhD (or equivalent higher research degree) and three (3) years of independent research experience. However, if you have less than three (3) years of independent research experience, you may still apply under the mentorship of a senior.


We welcome co-PIs on projects and encourage eligible early career researchers to apply in their own name.


We encourage involvement from community groups and patients, including as co-investigators and/or collaborators.

Find out more and apply now

The Purpose

The purpose of this funding call is to support the generation of research data and information that aims to address key medical research challenges contributing to the health inequities experienced by the Black prostate cancer community in the US. This call will support seed or pilot grants to gather initial data to test a new idea and put the researcher in a stronger position to then apply for larger grants to carry this idea forward, from us and others.




Racial disparities in prostate cancer – what we know

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for men in the US and it disproportionately affects the African-American community. We know that:

  • African-American men are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as White men.
  • African-American men are 1.8 times more likely than White men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime

It is not acceptable that so little has been done about this disparity for so long. We have an opportunity to get impactful new ideas off the ground in a system which provides more support for established ideas than new ones.

Racial disparities in prostate cancer – what we don’t know

Important questions have been overlooked or remain unanswered, these include:

  • Why 1 in 25 African American men will die of prostate cancer, compared to 1 in 45 White American men.

Given how big the gap in our understanding is and how many people die because of it we are shocked at the lack of funding focused on rectifying the disparities.

Prostate cancer deaths in 2018:

358,989 globally

Deaths estimated in 2035:

630,715 globally (75% increase

Timelines and Key Dates

The deadline to return this form is 11:59 pm EST on Friday 30th September 2022. The application form and supporting documents should be sent by email to [email protected]. 

All applicants will be notified of the outcome in November 2022.  




Please do not exceed the word limits as longer contributions will be cut off as your application is processed. Any changes to the questions will result in your application being deemed invalid. 



If you are unsure about the eligibility of your proposal, or have any queries about completing the form, please contact the Research Team at [email protected] 

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