ASTRO-ROI Co-sponsored ROCKS: Funding Opportunities Beyond NIH – Tips and Tricks for Success


In this Research-Oriented Career Knowledge and Support (ROCKS) web session, we will discuss approaches to applying for and obtaining research support from sources beyond the NIH, such as NSF, DOD, DOE, ACS, and other independent funding entities that focus on radiobiology, radiation physics and radiation oncology funding mechanisms. Priorities and focus may vary dramatically from one funder to another and from one field to another. In this session, three researchers from radiation oncology, radiation and cancer biology and medical physics, will share their experience with identifying and receiving funding other than conventional NIH grants and contracts. Specifically, Dr. Brian Marples, a radiation biologist at University of Rochester and the recent ASTRO Science Council Chair, will talk about grants available from ASTRO and ROI as well as acquiring support from other radiation-specific funding agencies. Dr. Jun Deng, a medical physicist at Yale, will discuss his recent experience with NSF and DOE in obtaining multi-institutional grants on AI-assisted personalized radiotherapy and cancer patient digital twins. Finally, Dr. Felix Feng, a radiation oncologist at UCSF, will share his success stories in securing funding from DOD and other organizations for his research on prostate cancer disease progression and underlying mechanism.

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This activity is available from February 7, 2024, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on February 6, 2027.

Target Audience

Radiation oncologists, radiation biologists, medical physicists, residents, fellows, and postdocs interested in seeking funding outside of traditional NIH channels.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand and identify potential funding opportunities outside of NIH mechanisms.
  • Learn strategies to develop successful research proposals for a variety of government, non-profit and industry funding sources.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
    This activity was designated for 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Randy Kimple, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin

Speakers (in the order of presentation):
Brian Marples, PhD, University of Rochester
Jun Deng, PhD, Yale University
Felix Feng, MD, University of California, San Francisco

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education to physicians.

ASTRO is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology to provide SA-CME as part of Part II Maintence of Certification. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
    This activity was designated for 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


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The course and its materials will only be available on the ASTRO website for that 3 year period regardless of purchase date. At the expiration of the qualification, participants will no longer have access to the course or its materials. ASTRO reserves the right to remove a course before the end of its qualification period.



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