Clinical Investigator Awards

In 2007, SSO established a new Clinical Investigator Award (CIA) program with the goal of promoting patient-oriented research through the training of surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science.

Applicants must be surgical oncologists within 8 years of completion of training and be full SSO members for at least 6 months prior to application submission to be eligible for the award.

2018-2020 Clinical Investigator Awards Call for Proposals 

The deadline to submit a proposal for this 2018 – 2020 CIA in Melanoma is September 20, 2018. Proposals must be submitted electronically and via hard copy. For additional information on Award criteria and the application process, click the link below.

Awards Criteria and Application Process

2018 - 2020 Clinical Investigator Award in Melanoma Criteria & Application Process

Purpose
To promote patient-oriented melanoma research conducted by surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science.

Eligibility
Applicants must be surgical oncologists within 8 years of completion of training.  
 
Be full SSO members for at least 6 months prior to application submission to be eligible for the award. 
    
The proposal must be submitted both electronically and in hardcopy format. Please email the proposal as a single PDF file to SSOFoundation@surgonc.org by midnight, September 20, 2018. The hard copy of the application should be sent to The SSO Foundation, c/o Society of Surgical Oncology, 9525 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 870, Rosemont, IL 60018 postmarked by September 20, 2018.

Effective in 2014, it is no longer necessary for the applicant to commit at least 25% effort to the research project this award will support.  Time committed should be reflected in the research proposal budget and will be taken into consideration as part of the overall assessment of the project.

Terms of the Award 
The award will be funded for two years at $100,000 ($50,000 per year) beginning November 1 , 2018.  The Award concludes October 31, 2020. 
 
The award is given to the sponsoring institution and may be used for partial support of applicant’s salary, research fellows or staff support, tuition, travel (no more than $2,000 per year) and/or supplies. No additional funds are available for paying indirect costs. 
 
A brief year-one progress report with a financial update will be required by October 31, 2019. The SSO Foundation reserves the right to withhold the second year of support in the event of unsatisfactory progress.  
 
A final report (not to exceed 4 pages) will be required before October 15, 2020. This should include a summary of the project and abstracts and publications acknowledged as supported by this award as well as a financial reconciliation report. 
 
A brief (up to 10 minutes) presentation of results may be required at the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium, scheduled for March, 2021, in Chicago, IL


Award Recipients

2017 Clinical Investigator Award recipients

2016 Clinical Investigator Award recipients

2015 Clinical Investigator Award recipients

2014 Clinical Investigator Award recipients

2013 Clinical Investigator Award recipients

2012 Clinical Investigator Award recipients

2011 Clinical Investigator Award recipients

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® funded CIA recipients

All Clinical Investigator Award recipients