(CLOSED) The Mary Kay Foundation Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant

Sponsor Name: 
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).


See RFP and FAQ document for full details.

Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Feb 01, 2023
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_MaryKay_2023 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • PI name, college or campus, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
  • Co-PI's names, college or campus, 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 stating the PI will commit a minimum 5% effort of research protected time to the project if funded.

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.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 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, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, (jkiely1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu) for additional support.

Kathleen Sturgeon (College of Medicine)