Research Grants Program


Applications are now being accepted for the
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Translational Research Grants.
Learn more and apply now.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will award $4.1 million in research funding through its 2015 Research Grants Program. An additional $2.3 million will be invested in the organization’s research initiatives, bringing the organization’s total commitment to research to $6.4 million, a 25 percent increase over last year.

Overall, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network grants program has awarded nearly $23 million in research funding from 2003 to 2014 to talented, motivated scientists across the country. The total number of grants awarded is 110. Learn about all of the research grant recipients and their funded projects.

The pancreatic cancer research community has historically been small, fragmented and poorly funded. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network believes that a comprehensive strategy is needed to make a significant impact on pancreatic cancer survival. Through our research grants program, we attract brilliant early-career scientists and investigators with innovative ideas to study pancreatic cancer. By recruiting the brightest scientists with the most novel ideas, we continue to build a broad research community, poised to make significant scientific discoveries.

For the first time, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is joining forces with the National Cancer Institute Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research to offer a Fellowship Award to a postdoctoral or clinical fellow pursuing a research project to inhibit the activity of mutated KRAS proteins that are relevant to pancreatic cancer. In addition, several of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network grants are administered in partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). All applications undergo rigorous peer-review to ensure that only the most promising science is selected for funding.


Every other year, we thoroughly evaluate our research grants program to assess its effectiveness in building a comprehensive research community and moving the science toward a cure. Read more about the impact of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network research grants program.

Please click here for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Public Access Publication Policy, effective for 2013 research grant recipients and beyond. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network funds grants for biomedical research in order to better understand the causes of pancreatic cancer and to advance its prevention, detection, treatment and cure. The main output of this research is new knowledge. To ensure this knowledge can be accessed, read, applied and built upon in fulfillment of our goals, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network expects its researchers to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals.