Research Acceleration Network (RAN) Grant

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – AACR Research Acceleration Network (RAN) Grants provide funding and strategic project management support to a research project with the potential to double the survival of pancreatic cancer by 2020. The RAN grants provide $1,000,000 in funding over 1-3 years for a multi-institutional team project. The projects consist of at least two co-principal investigators from distinct institutions and include a clinical component with an endpoint goal oriented to improving detection or treatment of pancreatic cancer.

The RAN Grant mechanism was established in 2013, and four grants have been awarded to date. The RAN Grants are administered in partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Click below to learn more about the grantees.

2014 Skip Viragh – Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – AACR Research Acceleration Network Grant
Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Co-Principal Investigator: Lewis Cantley, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College
Developing a Novel Oxidative Phosphorylation Inhibitor in Pancreatic Cancer

2013 Skip Viragh – Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – AACR Inaugural Research Acceleration Network Grant
Michael Goggins, MD, Johns Hopkins University
Co-PI: Anil Rustgi, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Co-PI: Marcia Canto, MD, Johns Hopkins University
CAPS multicenter trial: Imaging and markers for pancreatic cancer screening

2014 Fredman Family Foundation – Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – AACR Research Acceleration Network Grant
Dung Le, MD, Johns Hopkins University
Co-Principal Investigator: Todd Crocenzi, MD, Providence Portland Medical Center
GVAX + CRS-207 Heterologous Prime Boost Vaccination with PD-1 Blockade

2013 Tempur-Pedic – Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – AACR Inaugural Research Acceleration Network Grant in Memory of Tim Miller
Robert Vonderheide, MD, DPhil, University of Pennsylvania
Co-PI: Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, New York University
Accelerating Development of CD40 Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer