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Funding and Grants

Current Funding Opportunities

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (U01) | Applications due April 11, 2016

Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (U01)

The goal of this program is to support collaborative translational research projects aligned with NIH efforts to enhance the translation of basic biological discoveries into clinical applications that improve health. It encourages high quality science demonstrating the potential to result in understanding an important disease process or lead to new therapeutic interventions, diagnostics, or prevention strategies within the research interests and priorities of the participating NIH Institutes/Centers (ICs).

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Application budgets need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum amount available per application is $500,000 direct costs (exclusive of any contract/consortium F&A) per year; this amount includes Clinical Center costs and intramural investigator's costs attributed to the proposed research project. The NIH Clinical Center costs and intramural investigator's costs will not be included in the award paid to the grantee. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is four (4) years.

Applications due April 11, 2016

Department of Defense (DOD)

 Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) - Investigator-Initiated Research Award | Applications due August 2015

Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) – Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Applications to the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) are being solicited for the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development, and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate, by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the DHA RDA Directorate manages and executes the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The executing agent for this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

 Prostate Cancer Research Program | Applications due August and September 2015

Prostate Cancer Research Program

The mission of the FY15 PCRP is to find and fund research that will lead to the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of men experiencing the impact of the disease. Specifically, the PCRP seeks to promote highly innovative, groundbreaking research; high-impact research with near-term clinical relevance; multidisciplinary, synergistic research; translational studies to support the fluid transfer of knowledge between bedside and bench; research on patient survivorship and quality of life; the next generation of prostate cancer investigators through mentored research; and research on disparities in the incidence and mortality of prostate cancer.

Foundations & Organizations

 Avon Foundation for Women: Breast Health Outreach Program | Full application due August 21, 2015

Avon Foundation for Women: Breast Health Outreach Program

The Avon Foundation for Women has funded community-based programs designed to improve utilization of regular breast cancer screening by at-risk populations (for example, minority and under-insured) since 1993. Despite improvements in the availability of free and low-cost screening services supported through programs such as the Affordable Care Act and the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)1, disparities in utilization of mammography persist. Socioeconomically disadvantaged women and recent immigrants have lower rates of mammography screening, and may be less likely to receive proper treatment of follow-up care.

Therefore, the Avon BHOP will seek to support programs that:

  • recruit women for both first time screening and annual screening;
  • develop partnerships between community-based outreach and patient navigation providers and local medical providers;
  • work with healthcare providers to ensure timely and appropriate clinical follow-up of abnormal screening results;
  • educate young people about individual breast cancer risk, and when necessary and appropriate, help link them to services; and
  • educate older people about Medicare coverage of annual screening mammograms and assist them in obtaining the service from providers who accept Medicare.

The Avon BHOP plans to award 1-year grants covering the funding period from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. Approximately $2.5 million in competitive grant funds will be awarded to approximately 50 community-based programs and/or healthcare agencies. The majority of the grants will range from $30,000 to $60,000 per year, with most grants averaging $45,000 per year. Each applicant’s proposed scope of work must be consistent with the requested funding level. Only one application for funding will be reviewed per organization.

Due to the limit of one (1) application per institution, the MCW Cancer Center leadership will review applicants to submit a full proposal to the Avon Foundation for Women.

Pre-Application Process

Submit the following materials as one PDF to Dr. Melinda Stolley,, by noon (12 p.m.) on Monday, July 6, 2015:

  • NON-Binding Letter of intent describing an overview of the project and potential investigators (no more than two pages)
  • NIH biosketch of the PI

MCW applicants will be notified of the internal competition results by July 7, 2015.

Full application due to the Avon Foundation on August 21, 2015

 European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) Long-Range Research Initiative (LRI): Database on Carcinogen Dose-Response, Including Information on DNAReactivity, for TTC and Beyond | Applications due September 6, 2015

European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) Long-Range Research Initiative (LRI): Database on Carcinogen Dose-Response, Including Information on DNAReactivity, for TTC and Beyond

This Cefic LRI RfP therefore seeks to identify scientists to evaluate studies and other information to build a validated database which will be available to the scientific community for projects, e.g. on TTC, SAR, read-across and other alternative approaches. The second objective of the project is to analyze the potential impact on the TTC concept cancer thresholds when applying current understanding of DNA-reactive versus non-DNA-reactive modes of action and current methods in risk assessment of carcinogens to build distributions and to derive thresholds. The datasets and work done by the ILSI Europe TTC Expert Group up to the date will be made available to the group receiving the grant.

Proposals may be submitted by any European or non-European, for-profit or non-profit organization, public or private entities, such as universities, colleges, laboratories, and contract research organizations; units of national and local governments with the necessary laboratory facilities; and research cooperatives. Collaborations between research institutions are encouraged. Applicants should provide an indication of additional partners and funding opportunities that can be appropriately leveraged as part of their proposal. Partners can include, but are not limited to industry, government/regulatory organizations, research institutes, etc. Statements from potential partners indicating their willingness to participate should be included in the proposal package.

The project will start in early 2016, for a duration of 1.5 years. The budget will be in the order of €190,000. Project costs are expected to be commensurate with project scope and should not exceed the budget indicated in the RfP. Proposals should include funds necessary to complete the full scope and deliverables including direct (staff, travel & living expenses, consumables) and indirect costs (overhead).

Applications due September 6, 2015

 American Urological Association (AUA) Urology Care Foundation: Urology Care Foundation Research Scholars Program | Applications due September 9, 2015

American Urological Association (AUA) Urology Care Foundation: Urology Care Foundation Research Scholars Program

The Research Scholar Program began in 1975 to provide mentored research training awards to early-career investigators, enabling them to ignite their careers and advance urologic research. To be eligible to compete for a 2016 Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar Award, applicants must, by July 1, 2015, be either:

Track 1
Urologists in accredited clinical fellowships (eligible until the end of clinical fellowship); Research scientists who are post-doctoral fellows within five years of completing PhD; or

Track 2
Early-career MD or PhD (or equivalent degree) investigators within the first five years of beginning their faculty positions.

And, for both eligibility tracks:
Be able to commit to no less than one year of performance on the award and no less than 50 percent (for MD or equivalent degree applicants) or 100 percent (for PhD or equivalent degree applicants) of their time on their research projects. Deviation from this requirement will result in disqualification for award consideration or discontinuation of funding, should an award already have been made. MD applicants should clearly state how the research/clinical time will be allocated for the duration of the award.

Awards are $40,000 per year for one or two years of support and require intensive involvement of one or more mentors committed to advancing the development of the Research Scholar. Scholarship stipends will be payable in two annual installments available for distribution on or about July 1 and January 1.

Letter of Intent (Recommended) due July 29, 2015

Applications due September 9, 2015

 Concern Foundation: CONquer canCER Now Award | Applications due December 9, 2015

Concern Foundation: CONquer canCER Now Award

Concern Foundation targets promising individuals and provides critically needed "seed" money for innovative projects. Concern Foundation bridges the gap that currently exists in the scientific research community. Proposals must be hypothesis driven and centered on cancer genetics, cancer epidemiology, or behavioral studies. Grants will only be awarded to independent investigators who are at the start of their scientific career (i.e., junior faculty) and are at the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent with explanation). Applicant who is PI on an existing R01 or equivalent is not eligible. Applicant who is notified prior to the full Concern grant submission deadline of a clearly fundable score on an R01 or equivalent grant-in-review where he/she is PI is also not eligible.

The total grant amount for a Conquer Cancer Now Award is $60,000 for a period of one year, subject to continued funding of an additional $60,000 for the second year. Consideration for a second year of funding is based on sufficient progress (as determined by the required progress report) and available funds. Concern will not fund overhead costs, indirect costs, or similar fees or charges levied by an institution. Funds are not provided for equipment. All funds are to be distributed only for salaries and supplies directly related to the funded research.

Letter of Intent (Required) due September 9, 2015

Applications due December 9, 2015

 Hope Funds for Cancer Research: Postdoctoral Fellowship | Applications due January 28, 2016

Hope Funds for Cancer Research: Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Hope Funds for Cancer Research is offering fellowships to postdoctoral scientists who propose to work on highly innovative research projects that challenge the traditional paradigms of understanding the causes, mechanisms, progression, disease markers or risk factors of the most difficult-to-treat cancers, including pancreatic, lung, liver, sarcomas, esophageal, brain, gastric, bone and ovarian cancers; and rare leukemia, lymphomas and MDS. Candidates must conduct their proposed research under a sponsor who holds a formal appointment at the host institution.

The Hope Funds for Cancer Research is awarding three-year fellowships with a stipend of $48,000 for the first year, $50,000 for the second year, and $52,000 for the third year. A travel grant of $1,500 will be awarded each year to each grantee for the purpose of attending conferences and/or scientific training meetings. All awards and stipends are made to the institution for the support of the designated fellow.

Pre-Application (Required) due September 18, 2015

Invited Applications due January 28, 2016

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