BIG CAT (Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research)
The key objectives of the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) are to further research relating to cancers of relevance to Africa; to support training programs in oncology for health care workers and researchers, and to deal with the challenges of creating cancer control programs and to raise public awareness of cancer in Africa.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been a long-standing supporter of AORTIC’s vision for enhancing cancer research and cancer control in Africa for the three (3) BIG Cat cohorts.
The Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic (BIG Cat) Research, Cohorts I-III, a collaboration between AORTIC and NCI, was intended to support exploratory data collection by African scientists engaged in cancer research in Africa. The BIG Cat funding was not intended to support longer term research but to catalyze subsequent application for funding from NCI and/or other sources.
The grants are not intended for principal investigators outside of Africa, although collaborative research projects are encouraged. All funds provided must be spent in Africa. Research proposals are encouraged that span the cancer continuum (descriptive epidemiology, prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment including supportive and palliative care and behavioral research).
BIG Cat funding is intended to support research projects i.e., the funding is not intended to enhance or improve healthcare services directly but is for research aimed at forming a basis for reducing the burden of cancer in Africa.
The BIG CAT research funding is intended to support cancer research in Africa by African clinicians and scientists. The grant is $50 000 for a 2 year period.
To date BIG Cat Cohort I – III have been completed and we are currently initiating BIG CAT Cohort IV & V.
BIG Cat Cohort IV
AN AFRICAN ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH AND TRAINING IN CANCER (AORTIC) PROGRAM Administered by AACR and in coordination with the U.S. National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health (NCI/CGH) and supported by Takeda Pharmeceuticals. Please view the Press Release here: https://www.aacr.org/about-the-aacr/newsroom/news-releases/aacr-and-aortic-announce-four-grants-to-support-early-career-cancer-researchers-in-africa/
BIG Cat Cohort V