Career Development Awards

The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy will award a total of $600,000 in support of members developing their careers.

Apply for a 2022 ASGCT Career Development Award from June 1 to August 1.

ASGCT will award a $100,000 Career Development Award in each of the following six broad topics (six total grants):

  • Viral Vector Development

  • Gene Targeting and Gene Correction

  • Oligonucleotide Therapeutics

  • Synthetic/Molecular Conjugates and Physical Methods for Delivery of Gene Therapeutics

  • Cell Therapies

  • Immunological Aspects of Gene Therapy and Vaccines*

Additionally, for the second year, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will support three more $100,000 awards to be chosen from among the above topics.

*This award is supported by Roche without any influence on the content of the program or selection of the award recipient.



CDA Overview and Benefits

CDA Required Documents

The purpose of these awards is to support independent transformative pilot studies in gene and cell therapy by ASGCT members, particularly those ideas that would be challenging to fund with normal funding mechanisms. ASGCT is interested in helping applicants generate their own independent preliminary data to use in larger proposals (NIH K awards, first-submission R-level funding, etc.) to gain independence. Learn more about the eligibility requirements, application materials, and key deadlines in the Career Development Award Overview and Benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Any ASGCT member type who is in good standing, and persons who have a membership application pending may apply. To verify your membership status, please log in to your ASGCT account.

Not an ASGCT member yet? Take the first step. Submit your membership application at least 5 business days prior to the application deadline to allow sufficient time for processing. The mentor is not required to be an ASGCT member.

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What can this grant be used for?

Each $50,000 award must be used during the budget period of November 2020 – December 2021. All funds must be used for direct expenses associated with conducting the proposed project, and are non-transferable. It can include personnel and travel where those expenses are directly related to the project. ASGCT considers salary, where it is directly attributed to the sponsored project and meets all other criteria, a direct cost.  Please refer to our Grant Policy Statement for a list of accepted costs.

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Is U.S. citizenship a requirement?

U.S. citizenship is not required but both the applicant and mentor must be located in the United States during the duration of the research. Any visa and/or citizenship restrictions applicable to receiving the award are the responsibility of the applicant.

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May a mentor support multiple applicants?


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When will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified on November 15 and will receive their awards on November 30.

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Who has previously won these awards?

2020 Awardees

  • Andrew R. Findlay, M.D. – Washington University in Saint Louis
  • Julian Grünewald, M.D. – Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Yeh-Hsing Lao, Ph.D. – Columbia University
  • Victoria Jane Madigan, Ph.D. – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Antonia Rotolo, M.D., Ph.D. – University of Pennsylvania
  • Stephany Y. Tzeng, Ph.D. – Johns Hopkins University 
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