University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Travel Grants and Funding Opportunities

There are many opportunities available for all trainee levels.

  1. The HDFCCC Office of Education & Training is now offering two travel grants for postdoctoral fellows who do not otherwise have the means to attend a desired research meeting.  Applications are now open for the next round of awards and will cover travel between January – June 2019.
    For one of the awards, applicants from historically disenfranchised racial and ethnic groups that are under-represented in health sciences, or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds will be given priority. Each candidate will be requested to submit a short explanation/justification of how they meet one of the definitions stated below with their travel request:
    Under-represented Group Definition:
    The federal regulations on Affirmative Action use minorities:  African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and Asian. The UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach defines Under-represented Minorities (URM) in the Health Sciences as: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and Asian sub-categories of Filipino, Hmong and Vietnamese. See for additional information.
    Economically or Educationally Disadvantaged Background Definition:
    Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds based on the HHS Poverty Guidelines. Disadvantage must be demonstrable in the applicant’s ‘original’ family background (i.e., as a child or undergraduate student), not necessarily the current status.
    The grants are intended to be used to offset registration fees and travel expenses for cancer research conferences. Interested applicants should complete this form by December 5, 2018. We will announce the winners starting December 12, 2019. Travel should be completed by June 30, 2019.
  2. Professional society funding opportunities
    1. American Associate for Cancer Research
    2. American Society of Clinical Oncology
    3. American Society of Hematology
  3. Cancer specific funding – For information on cancer specific awards, please visit the HDFCCC Funding Opportunities page.
  4. NIH Grant Diversity Supplements – The NIH provides funding to attract minority trainees and faculty to research careers through their NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-18-586). UCSF’s Research Development Office has created a special section on their website to help faculty apply for these grants.