[Skip to Content]




Research Grant Rules & Criteria:


  • Priority will be given to young investigators. Young investigators are people who have not been funded by the Department of Defense, the American Cancer Society, or the National Cancer Institute in this area of research. 
  • Only one (1) application per person per research program will be accepted each year.
  • Applicants who received a grant as a resident or fellow are eligible to apply for another one-time grant in the future.
  • SGO members who apply should be junior investigators, generally Assistant Professors & below (within 7 years of first faculty appointment). Others are open to apply but priority will be given to junior investigators.
    • Full professors are not allowed to apply.
  • Non-Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) members may apply with a co-investigator who is an SGO member. Document this relationship in the application.
    • Non-SGO members may also apply if they have an SGO member sponsor them. The SGO member does not need to be involved in the research.
  • Preliminary data is not required but will be considered with application if submitted.


Abstracts (First Round - Research Grants)

  • Only signed, electronic applications through the OpenWater system will be accepted.
  • All researchers must first submit a 250-word technical abstract for scientific review.
  • Abstracts should be written to allow a reviewer in translational gynecologic research to interpret the aims and methods.
  • An updated biosketch is required. The biosketch should state the total number of publications up to a maximum of 15.

    The signed application, biosketch, and abstract should be submitted by September 8, 2023 (before 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time).

Full-Grant Proposals (Second Round - Research Grants)

  • Proposal should include principal investigator's first name, last name, and credentials in the upper right corner on all pages.
  • The description of the research should be no longer than five (5) typed pages.
  • A budget must be submitted along with a description of any other financial support.
  • Must include a short paragraph describing institutional support, career goals, and how this grant would help the applicant achieve these goals
  • A maximum of three (3) letters of support are allowed. At least one letter of support must be submitted.
  • A 250-word public abstract using non-scientific terms and including the author's name and institution must be included in a document for donor review and press releases.
  • The Foundation requires an interim report in a Word document of three to six paragraphs to describe progress to date. The interim report is due Oct 2024. The final report is due April 2025.

    The signed application with all the components of the full proposal should be submitted by December 8, 2023 (before 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time).



  • Submit one budget appropriate to your proposal. Your proposal will be considered for all appropriate awards.
  • Travel expenses are allowed.
    • Attendance for SGO Annual Meeting is allowed.
  • Publications fees can be included to a max of $2,500.
  • Indirect costs can be included to a max of 10% of the total budget.
  • Subcontracts to community partners are allowed but justification for necessity and reasoning required
  • Maximum of 10% effort per investigator/co-investigator can be budgeted for personnel costs.
    • Mentor personnel costs capped at 5%.
    • Not allowed for gyn onc fellows.
  • Significant overlap with existing funding is not permitted. Note the existence of pending applications with potential overlap and a plan for how such overlap would be managed if both applications were funded.
  • The grant can be portable provided a similar research environment is secured. Continued funding will be contingent upon ability to complete the proposed work.
  • At this time, research being done outside of the United States will not be considered for funding; however, a non-U.S. resident may apply for a grant for research being done at an American institution.
  • All winners will be asked to present an annual update on their research.
  • All winners will be asked to present information on their research to donors at donor meetings or events.

Foundation for Women's Cancer Diversity and Inclusion Health Equity Research Grants

  • In addition to the guidelines above, applicants must be from a race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation historically underrepresented in cancer research OR their proposal must address gynecologic cancer topics among populations who are underserved or marginalized, based on their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status including, but not limited to: access to care, therapeutic trials, and survivorship issues.
    • Information on underrepresented groups as identified by the NIH can be found here.
    • Information on underrepresented populations as focuses of research can be found here.
  • While applicants are not required to answer demographic questions in the portal, if your research does not directly address one of the topics listed above and you do not provide us with this information, your application for this grant may not be eligible.
    • Your responses will only be used by the Research and Awards Committee and otherwise kept private.
  • The committee will also give focus to the benefit that receiving this grant would have on the applicant's career development.

    -----------------------------------------Please Note------------------------------------------- 

    1. Up to three grants may be awarded per institution per research cycle. This number may increase or decrease based on the number of research grants being offered during a calendar year and may be modified based on committee discretion.
    2. If any information is missing or directions are not followed appropriately when submitting, it will be returned with an explanation, provided it is received at least seven (7) days or more prior to the application deadline. The applicant will have the opportunity to resubmit the proposal before the deadline of December 8, 2023.
    3. All grant applications will be considered for all eligible grants of a similar amount.
    4. If the applicant accepts another grant after submitting a full proposal and prior to notification from the Foundation, please email research@sgo.org to be removed from the list of potential winners.

    Research Award & Prize Rules & Criteria:

    Perlman Family CCARE Lynch Syndrome Research Prize

    This award is meant to support a summer or short-term research project that advances knowledge about Lynch syndrome and its role in gynecologic cancers.



    • Must submit a short summary of the project's goals and expected outcomes
    • Must have applications co-signed by their mentor and supervisor

    Applications should be submitted by December 8, 2023 (before 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time)

    Questions? Visit our FAQ page
    If you still have any unanswered questions,
    reach out to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer research program at research@sgo.org