Oncomine Clinical Research Grant Program

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



Current Call for Applications

The Oncomine Clinical Research Grant Program will be accepting proposals for the following focus areas:

Submissions are currently closed. Please check back in August.


Submitting Your Application

We will accept applications via the submission portal or via email (medical.affairs@thermofisher.com). Please visit this web page during the open submission period to submit your application.

About the Oncomine Clinical Research Grant Program

The Oncomine Clinical Research Grant Program supports investigator-initiated studies (IIS) and education projects, on molecular profiling in oncology, with the goal to increase high quality molecular profiling and to help democratize the future of precision medicine.

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.

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 Guidelines for Applicants.   

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.

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

We thank all applicants that submitted projects across our 2021 calls for applications.

We are pleased to announce the 2021 grant awardees below.

Solid Tumor & Hemato-oncology Research Grant Awardees


Myungshin Kim, MD

Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

“Prognostic value of minimal residual disease monitoring by comprehensive next-generation sequencing in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia”


Tarek Bismar, MD

University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, Canada

“Characterizing Prostate Cancer Plasticity Relative to Lethal Disease, Neuroendocrine Differentiation and Therapeutic Resistance”


Fernando López-Ríos, MD, PhD

Esther Conde, MD, PhD

Susana Hernández Prieto, PhD

Department of Pathology
"12 de Octubre" University Hospital
Madrid, Spain

“Ultrafast next generation sequencing: Universal Testing Of Patients with Infiltrating Adenocarcinomas of the Lung”


Wolfram Jochum, MD

Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, Switzerland

“Homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) testing in high-grade serous carcinoma using peritoneal effusion samples”

Immuno-oncology Research Grant Awardees


Elin Gray, PhD

Edith Cowan University, Australia

“TCR repertoire in combination with HLA and TMB as predictor of response to immune checkpoint blockade in melanoma and lung cancer”


Elena Guerini Rocco, MD

European Institute of Oncology IRCCS, Italy

“Dissecting the tumor immune microenvironment of breast cancer during pregnancy”


Harriet Wikman, PhD

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany

“Analyses of the role of immune-host cell interactions in defining different brain metastases patterns in NSCLC”


Dirce Carraro, PhD

AC Camargo Cancer Center, Brazil

"Predictive biomarker for metastatic melanoma patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors"

Liquid Biopsy Research Grant Awardees


Beatriz Bellosillo, PhD

Edurne Arriola, MD, PhD

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, PhD

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.”



Stephen Fox, PhD

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