City of Hope is proud to be one of only two centers that have offered the K12 Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology (K12 Program) since its inception in 1991. The objective of the K12 Program is to develop the next generation of academic oncologists in a variety of multidisciplinary fields with an ability to translate advances in cancer biology into novel strategies for the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of malignant disease. Several fellows at City of Hope have had the honor of continuing their fellowship research projects with the support of the K12 Program.
The goal of the K12 Program is to provide a structured multidisciplinary environment primarily to train translational clinical oncology investigators to:
Perform clinical oncology therapeutic research that develops and tests scientific hypotheses based on fundamental and clinical research findings
Design and test hypothesis-based clinical therapeutic protocols and adjunctive biological analyses, and for clinician candidates to administer all phases (e.g., pilot/phase I, phase 2 and phase 3) of cancer therapeutic clinical trials
Conduct cancer therapeutic research in a team setting in which basic research and clinical scientists collaborate and interact to expedite the translation of basic science research discoveries into patient-oriented therapeutic cancer research
The K12 program will provide support up to $75,000 salary per year plus fringe benefits based on a full-time appointment for up to four years of funding.
Protected Research Time
Each K12 scholar’s department must guarantee a minimum of 75 percent protected time for engaging in activities directly related to research career development, including all relevant didactic activities during the period of this award. Any reduction in effort or reduction in time requires approval by the K12 Program directors and the National Cancer Institute.
Research and Development Support
Research and development support up to $30,000 may be provided for the following expenses:
Research expenses such as supplies, equipment and technical personnel
Tuition and fees related to required career development courses and activities
Travel to research meetings or training
Statistical services, including personnel and computer time