The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation seeks to build upon its scientific programs in the form of an Institute Without Walls. These grants are restricted to those investigators who are pursuing novel therapies to reverse the abnormal growth and differentiation of the cancer cell.

The SWCRF offers two different kinds of competitive grant awards: 

• Individual Grants that may be renewable for up to three years 

• Collaborative Grant to groups of multi-site, multi-disciplinary investigators

The goal of this two-tiered structure is to cultivate Individual Grantees to become members of a broader, international collaboration of scientists who may harness their collective resources to expedite the pace, breadth, and quality of research.

For the past few years, the SWCRF payline has remained steady at approximately 12%, which is nearly twice the rate of the National Cancer Institute, despite the SWCRF's continued increase in applications.



Each year, the SWCRF sends a Request for Applications to all NCI-designated cancer center directors. The directors are asked to convene an internal committee to nominate one candidate to apply for a new Individual Grant in alignment with the mission of the SWCRF.

The SWCRF also maintains long-standing relationships with several international research institutions in China, Israel, and the United Kingdom and they are invited to join the application process as well.


Peer-review Process

The proposals are reviewed and scored by a small team of SWCRF scientific advisors. Priority scores are then sent to a second round of targeted review where each reader is hand-picked based upon their specialization in the applicant's specific topic (i.e. epigenetic therapy for breast cancer).


Annual Scientific Review

A group of applications is recommended for funding and presented at the SWCRF Annual Scientific Review. This intense two-day, peer review is held in NYC each spring and designed to assess the merits of new Individual applications as well as continuing Collaborative SWCRF sponsored-studies. The final recommendations are sent to the SWCRF Scientific Advisory Board, which makes the final decision.

All applicants are notified in writing. Those who are not recommended for funding are encouraged to speak with SWCRF staff to receive feedback they may then incorporate into future applications.