Oncomine Clinical Research Grant Program



Thermo Fisher Scientific acknowledges the value of supporting independent research projects in order to promote
excellence in molecular diagnostics.

Grant Overview

The Oncomine Clinical Research Grant Program supports investigator-initiated studies (IIS) and education projects, on molecular testing in oncology and reproductive health, with the goal to increase high quality molecular profiling for patients and to improve clinical outcomes in the future. 

Proposal reviews are conducted by independent and internationally recognized experts together with Thermo Fisher Scientific medical and scientific leadership. Funding is considered based on scientific merit and alignment with strategic areas of focus.

The application process is managed by the Oncomine Clinical Research Grant Office part of the Medical Affairs team of the Clinical Sequencing Division at Thermo Fisher Scientific. For detailed information about how to apply, including documentation requirements, review process, and decision notification, refer to the document Guidelines for Applicants.   

Grant Details

Grant applications should be submitted electronically (English only) using the specific Proposal Form.  Proposals should outline the planned activities to be performed within a maximum of 12 months. A budget is required for every grant request and should detail the proposed use of requested funds. The maximum budget request for each project is set at $200,000.

Grant Submission Dates:

Submissions are currently closed.

The next open application period will be from September 22 - October 20, 2021.



Topic of Call:
The next topic will be announced at a later date.

More Information:

Grant Selection Process Overview

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  • Submission:  Submission is done by sending the Proposal Form to the following email address: medical.affairs@thermofisher.com or using the online grant management portal.
  • Evaluation:  Submission will be confirmed by the Grant Office via email. Decisions will be communicated 8 weeks after the closing date of the call.
  • Execution:  Upon contract signature, the requested financial support will be granted. The Grant Office team will continue to support the development of the awarded project. A final report is due to the Grant Office team within the agreed time frame.

2021 Oncomine Grant Awardees (Spring)

We thank all applicants that submitted projects for the liquid biopsy research round.
We congratulate the Spring 2021 grant awardees below.


Beatriz Bellosillo

Edurne Arriola

Hospital del Mar, Spain

Head Researchers:
Beatriz Bellosillo - Head of Molecular Diagnostics Section, Pathology Department
Edurne Arriola - Head of the Thoracic and Genitourinary Section

“Receiving the grant from Thermo Fisher to assess the role of liquid biopsy in Small cell Lung cancer will allow to discover novel biomarkers and therapeutic avenues in a disease with urgent clinical needs.”


Giulia Siravegna

Harvard Medical School

Head Researcher:
Giulia Siravegna, PhD - Instructor in Medicine Harvard Medical School, Department of Medicine, Research staff, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

“This grant will allow the characterization of circulating free tumor DNA (ctDNA) isolated from ascites fluid in gastric cancer patients and its comparison it with matched peripheral blood ctDNA, as well as primary tumor samples to identify peritoneal/ascites-specific targets. The use of ascitic fluid as a source for predictive and prognostic biomarkers is itself highly innovative and allows for rapid clinical translation as material is routinely sampled in clinical care.”


Leomar Y. Ballester, MD, PhD

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Head Researcher:
Leomar Ballester - Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetic Pathology and Neuropathology
Co-Director, Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery

“The Oncomine Clinical Research Grant will facilitate our development of a cerebrospinal fluid liquid biopsy assay to incorporate precision medicine strategies in the management of patients with primary and metastatic central nervous system tumors. The Genexus System could provide the necessary sensitivity and specificity to enhance current methods for evaluating the potential of targeted therapies for patients.”



Prof. Stephen Fox

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Head Researcher:
Professor Stephen Fox - Director of Pathology and Head of the Molecular Pathology Laboratory, at Peter Mac in Melbourne, Australia

"This grant will enable us to provide circulating tumour (ct) DNA testing to patients with non-small cell lung cancer in rural and remote parts of Victoria, Australia, where outcomes are poorer for this cancer. We will be able to rapidly identify mutations in ctDNA and deliver coordinated specialized oncology care to these patients. The goal is to determine whether liquid biopsies can replace tumour biopsies for selecting patients for the most appropriate treatment."



For any questions about the Oncomine Clinical Research Grant Program, please email medical.affairs@thermofisher.com