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Catalyzing Breakthroughs by Early Career Investigators

IN for the Hutch 2022 Funding Focus

Dr. Melody Campbell
Dr. Melody Campbell in the Cryo-EM lab. Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

Young researchers bring extraordinary technological fluency to their science. They are rethinking scientific dogma, openly sharing data, and collaborating widely. As they step up to lead labs for the first time, a new generation of scientists is ready to spark a revolution in cancer prevention and care.

But early-career investigators face a paradox: To attract funding to explore a truly innovative idea, they need to prove its feasibility. And to do that, they need funding. Most research awards support established science and scientists, leaving early-career researchers without funding to explore their most promising ideas.

High-risk, high-reward ideas — and investigators with the vision to follow where they lead — need your support.

Collectively, Fred Hutch’s Innovators Network has the power to nourish ideas in their earliest stages, before they’re eligible for federal, foundation, or industry support. Every dollar we raise at IN for the Hutch will give early-career scientists the resources they need to design and run experiments, analyze data, and discover if their ideas have the potential to take flight. A few of these discoveries could be game changers with the potential to transform cancer in our lifetime.

Every three minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with cancer – an estimated 1.9 million people this year.

Cancer funding by the numbers:

  • The average age at which a PhD scientist receives a first substantial National Institutes of Health grant is 44 (up from 35 in 1980).
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded just 14% of the competitive grant applications it received in 2021.
  • 70% of the competitive applications our investigators submit every year don’t receive federal funding — not because they don’t have potential, but because NIH has a limited budget.
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