Funding Opportunities

Neuroendocrine research grant types

NETRF offers three different neuroendocrine cancer research grants (Investigator, Pilot, and Mentored Awards) with cancer research grants ranging from $90,000 to $270,000. 

Seeking transformational ideas

We invite innovative and transformative research proposals in NETs to help bring the field closer to more effective therapies. We are equally interested in basic, translational and clinical research applications, and encourage collaborations between investigators with expertise in different fields.

Encouraging team science

We are very interested in grant proposals from multidisciplinary groups comprised of basic scientists, clinicians, and experts across relevant cutting-edge disciplines. Proposals that cover promising and potentially transferable strategies and/or technologies, which have been applied successfully to other areas of cancer research, are highly encouraged and will be evaluated based on their level of applicability to NETs.

Areas of interest

Some areas of interest include but not limited to:

  • Uncovering the molecular and genetic basics of NETs
  • New/optimized experimental models
  • Application of existing or new technologies to target NETs
  • Cancer metabolism
  • Cell invasion and metastasis
  • Tumor microenvironment
  • Diagnostics/Biomarkers
  • Clinical Research
  • Nuclear medicine, theranostics, imaging

We invite also proposals that cover promising and potentially transferable technologies, which have been applied successfully to other areas of cancer.

Organs of interest

While we recognize that neuroendocrine cancers can develop in many different organs, our focus includes:


We continue to have an interest and fund applications proposing to study all aspects of gastro-entero-pancreatic NETs. 

Adrenal-Associated NETs 

Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma. 


Lung Carcinoids

We are interested in funding work in well-differentiated, low-grade typical carcinoids (TCs), well-differentiated, intermediate-grade atypical carcinoids (ACs), or diffuse idiopathic neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia (DIPNECH).

Currently, the lung fund does not extend to SCLC, LCLC, non-SCLC, squamous cell carcinomas, adenocarcinomas, mesotheliomas or poorly differentiated non–small cell lung carcinomas.

Expanding the field

Prior research in NETs is not a prerequisite. We encourage expert cancer scientists to enter the NET research field. However, such candidates must demonstrate a commitment to continue with NET research.

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