Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Global Cancer Disparities Pilot Grant

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Global Cancer Disparities Pilot Grant provides funding to a physician from an ARGO institution to support global research in cancer management. 

Applicants must develop a one-year pilot study in the area of cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or outcomes. This project must be carried out in the applicant’s home country. The aim of the project should be to develop data to aid in applying for additional larger grants in the future. An award will be paid directly to the individual physician and must be used only for pre-approved, budgeted costs.

African Research Group in Oncology (ARGO) is the first National Cancer Institute approved Colorectal Consortium in Africa established in 2012.  The consortium was jointly established by Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex in Nigeria and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

In Nigeria, the consortium has grown to include:

  1. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

  2. Babcock University Teaching Hospital

  3. Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital

  4. Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta

  5. Federal Medical Center, Owerri

  6. Federal Medical Center, Owo

  7. Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH)

  8. Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH)

  9. Lautech Teaching Hospital, Osogbo

  10. Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital

  11. Surgery and Trauma Center, Ondo State

  12. University College Hospital, Ibadan

  13. University Of Ilorin Teaching Hospital

  14. University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital

To qualify for this pilot grant, applicants must:

  1. Must be African citizens

  2. Currently reside in African country

  3. Hold a position in one of the above mentioned ARGO institutions

  4. Demonstrate an interest in improving cancer management in their home country

Key Dates

  • Applications Currently Being Accepted
  • Applications Due: May 31, 2019
  • Notification Date: July 1, 2019

Applications for the 2019 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Global Cancer Disparities Pilot Grant are now being accepted; applications are due by May 31, 2019. Two grants per year will be issued at $5,000 dollars per grant. Please submit complete PDF grant applications via email to Krystal Hasan at  Please do not send pieces individually.

Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing. Include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable. Please include: Institute and Location, Degree (if applicable), Dates and Field of Study.
(Limit to 250 words) Briefly describe why your experience and qualifications make you a strong candidate for your role in the project that is the subject of the application.
List in chronological order previous institutions where you have worked, your title/position, and start and end dates, concluding with your current position. Include any professional awards you have received.
List publications in chronological order. Publications may be research articles, review articles, book chapters, etc. You may choose to include selected publications based on date of publication, importance to the field, and/or relevance to the proposed research. Candidates without any publications may enter “N/A.”
(Limit to 250 words) List ongoing and completed research projects. Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in this application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and your role. Candidates without prior research experience may enter “N/A.”
Briefly describe your background in the area of your proposed research study (250 word limit).
This section should not exceed 1,200 words.
How do the activities proposed in your research project address a need in your home country? How will this research project benefit your home institution and cancer care in your country? Describe any relevant infrastructure available in your institution.