Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and OncLive Attack Lung Cancer with Lung Grant Tank Research Funding

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Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and OncLive Attack Lung Cancer with Lung Grant Tank Research Funding
Grant finalists will work with research mentors to present and defend proposals before a “grant tank” inspired by TV’s “Shark Tank”

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (May 18, 2016) — Today, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) and OncLive®, a leading digital provider of resources and information to oncology professionals, announce their first research grant collaboration to improve lung cancer patient treatment and outcomes. In the spirit of the show “Shark Tank,” the ALCF-OncLive Lung Grant Tank is designed to provide selected young investigators a grant over a one-year period. Semifinalists will receive mentorship from top cancer research opinion leaders prior to selection to help them with their presentation.

The Lung Grant Tank concept asks entrepreneurs to present and defend their ideas to a panel of subject experts. Ten semifinalist applicants will then be chosen and asked to defend their grant proposals, including the funding they need, in person in front of the ALCF-OncLive Lung Grant Tank Panel. The application submission deadline is June 21, 2016. Winners will be announced at the PER® 17th International Lung Cancer Congress meeting in Huntington Beach August 4-6, 2016.

Topic areas for submissions are:

  • Improve patient treatment/outcomes
  • Identify a new and innovative approach to addressing current gaps
  • Advance the understanding of treating lung cancer in clinical practice
  • Improve patient care/outcomes
  • Address patient education and/or adherence
  • Improve healthcare provider education
  • Improve healthcare provider and patient dialog and/or shared decision making
  • Address misperceptions pertaining to treating or having lung cancer

“This is a great way to get fresh new approaches to how we treat lung cancer. ALCF and OncLive’s Lung Grant Tank encourages young investigators to think differently. It also is an opportunity for them to gain mentorship and collaborate with others in the cancer research community,” said Bonnie J. Addario, 10-year lung cancer survivor and ALCF founder. “Patients and health care providers are all served when we work together. Creative solutions like this drive understanding, education and outcomes.”

ALCF and OncLive will accept submissions for the grant from M.D.s, DOs, Pharm Ds, Ph.D.s, and other qualified HCPs. All submitters must be eligible to conduct research.

Mentors will be assigned and then selections of grant finalists and mentor assignments will occur by July 20. The expert mentors will work with semifinalists to present to the Lung Grant Tank selection panel on August 3.

Donna Short, Executive Vice President of Oncology Professional Relations for Michael J. Hennessy and Associates, parent company of OncLive, brought the project to ALCF. 

“Grant Tank is an exciting way to collaborate with ALCF by encouraging young investigators,” said Short. “Along with guidance from Dr. Leora Horn, Clinical Director of the Thoracic Oncology program at Vanderbilt, we see the value that investigators gain from being mentored by a top tier thought leader in lung cancer. The mission of OncLive is to provide oncology professionals with the resources and information they need to provide the best patient care. We feel this is a great way to deepen and support that mission.”

Grant submission requirements and details are on ALCF’s website. Applicants must submit Lung Grant Tank proposals by June 27, 2016.

About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation’s goal is to work with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, patients, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change and turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease by 2023. The ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised nearly $25 million for lung cancer research and related programs. For more information about the ALCF please visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

About OncLive
A digital platform of resources for practicing oncologists,  offers oncology professionals information they can utilize to help provide the best patient care. OncLive is the official website for Michael J. Hennessy Associates Inc.’s Oncology Specialty Group, which publishes OncologyLive, Oncology Nursing News, Oncology Business Management and more.  Michael J. Hennessy Associates Inc. is a full-service health care communications company offering education, research, medical media, and CURE® magazine, the largest U.S. consumer publication focused entirely on cancer. Combining science and humanity to make cancer understandable, CURE reaches patients, cancer centers and advocacy groups.