The Mary Kay Foundation Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant

Sponsor Name: 
The Mary Kay Foundation
Description of the Award: 

The Mary Kay Foundation is a non-profit public foundation, which focuses on funding research for innovative grants for translational research of cancers affecting women (predominantly ovarian, uterine, breast, endometrial or cervical cancer among others). Translational research is broadly defined as research that will provide a scientific link between laboratory research and the clinic. Ultimately, such research would lead to improvement in diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, or treatment of the cancer. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $100,000 over a two-year period.

Foundation Application Requirements

  • Principal Investigator must be appointed a full-time assistant professor or higher at the time of application submission and commit a minimum 5% effort.
  • Up to one co-PI is permitted and must meet the same eligibility requirements as PI (full-time assistant professor or higher).
Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Feb 04, 2022
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_MaryKay_2022) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • PI name, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
  • Co-PI's names and departmental affiliation(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

2Project Description (no more than two pages, pdf) identifying the project scope that addresses the key aspects and elements of the sponsor's solicitation, principal investigators, collaborators, and partner organizations.

3Statement of support from department chair or center director

4. 2-page CV's of PI [and Co-PI]

Formatting Guidelines:

Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 
  • The Office of Foundation Relations is available to consult on proposal narrative elements and answer other foundation-related questions. Penn State College of Medicine applicants should please contact Jess Kiely, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, ( for additional support.