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Investigator-Initiated Research Grants

Varian Medical Systems is the world’s leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for the treatment of cancer and other conditions with radiation. Our mission is to explore and develop radiation technology that helps to protect and save lives and prevent harm. We seek to be a “Partner for Life” and to help save millions of lives every year everywhere. To help meet this challenge, the Varian Research Grants Program supports 100+ investigator-initiated research projects that align with our business strategy and roadmap. These links with research partners strengthen our position at the leading edge of clinical science and technology by providing access to novel ideas for new products and features, clinical evidence of the benefits of radiation, and key data on emerging trends.

Investigators with compelling research ideas are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a 1-2 page Concept Proposal using our Concept Proposal form. To request the form as a Word document, please call one of the Contacts listed on either the Technology or Clinical tab. If your Concept Summary is reviewed favourably, you will be invited to submit a full Grant Proposal of 10-15 pages. If your project is a clinical trial, you will also submit a clinical protocol. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

A Grant Review Committee meets regularly to review Grant Proposals. Evaluation criteria include: alignment with Varian strategy and roadmap, novelty, cost effectiveness, potential to be disruptive, fit within the overall portfolio of research grants projects, and potential to advance the field of radiation oncology. Successful proposals are well written with clear objectives, methodology, milestones, and deliverables. Funding is competitive. Applicants are encouraged to contact Varian with any questions. 

If approved, you will receive a Research Agreement that details the terms of the award, including the handling of intellectual property, responsibility on clinical matters, confidentiality, project budget, payment schedule, requirements for progress reports, etc. The project begins after the Research Agreement is negotiated and signed.

Topics of Interest

Current topics of interest to Varian include, but are not limited to Technology and Clinical.


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