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Research We Fund: Extramural Discovery Science

Discovery Boost Grants (DBG)

Grant Overview

Discovery Boost Grants (DBG) support high-risk, high-reward exploratory cancer research across the research continuum. Investigators may focus on developing research methodologies, establishing feasibility, or leading pilot tests.

It is expected that preliminary data generated from a completed DBG will have the potential to secure additional grant funding to further the research and open new and highly innovative areas for investigation.


You are eligible to submit a proposal if you: 

  • Work at a US academic institution or eligible non-profit
  • Have an independent faculty appointment

Grant Term and Budget

Discovery Boost Grants are funded up to $135,000 per year for up to 2 years, plus 10% indirect costs. The maximum allowable budget is $297,000 for a 2-year project period.