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Cancer Center

Cancer Research Funding

Current Funding Opportunities from the MCW Cancer Center

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) RFAs

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby notify Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s)) holding specific types of NIH research grants listed in the full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that funds may be available for administrative supplements to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award, but were unforeseen when the new or renewal application or grant progress report for non-competing continuation support was submitted. Applications for administrative supplements are considered prior approval requests (as described in Section 8.1.2.11 of the NIH Grants Policy Statement) and will be routed directly to the Grants Management Officer of the parent award.

Deadline: Due dates vary by awarding IC

NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity

The purpose of the NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity is to assist postdoctoral fellows or individuals in equivalent positions to transition to positions of assistant professor or equivalent and initiate a successful biomedical career as an independent research scientist.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

Bioengineering Research Grants (BRG) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to encourage collaborations between the life and physical sciences that: 1) apply a multidisciplinary bioengineering approach to the solution of a biomedical problem; and 2) integrate, optimize, validate, translate or otherwise accelerate the adoption of promising tools, methods and techniques for a specific research or clinical problem in basic, translational, or clinical science and practice. An application may propose design-directed, developmental, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven research and is appropriate for small teams applying an integrative approach to increase our understanding of and solve problems in biological, clinical or translational science.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NCI R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development. Applications are encouraged that propose innovative, state-of-the-art programs that address the cause, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, or the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NCI R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development. Applications are encouraged that propose innovative, state-of-the-art programs that address the cause, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, or the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NCI R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Research Experiences. Applications are encouraged that propose innovative, state-of-the-art programs that address the cause, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, or the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support projects that will elucidate the therapeutic potential of the cannabinoids and endocannabinoid system in the development of mechanism-based therapies for pain.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

Education and Health: New Frontiers

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support research that will further elucidate the pathways involved in the relationship between education and health outcomes and in doing so to carefully identify the specific aspects and qualities of education that are responsible for this relationship and what the mediating factors are that affect the nature of the causal relationship.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

End-of-Life and Palliative Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Serious Illnesses

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to foster research on the unique perspectives, needs, wishes, and decision-making processes of adolescents and young adults (AYA; defined by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as youth between 12 – 24 years of age) with serious, advanced illnesses; and research focused on specific end-of-life/palliative care (EOLPC) models that support the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of AYA with serious illness, their families and caregivers.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

Integration of Imaging and Fluid-Based Tumor Monitoring in Cancer Therapy (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) seeks research project (R01) grant applications describing projects that integrate imaging and fluid-based tumor monitoring (liquid biopsy) assays during cancer therapy in patients to determine the optimal use of those modalities in the characterization of therapy response and/or emergence of resistance.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is supported by Collaborative Research on Addiction (CRAN) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a trans-NIH partnership composed of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The intent of this FOA is two-fold: (1) characterize how the neurobiological alterations, associated behaviors, and public health consequences arising from polysubstance use differ from, or are similar to, those observed in single drug use; (2) promote integrative polysubstance research along a translational pipeline, consisting of basic science research in animals, human-based laboratory investigations, and epidemiological studies. These dual objectives will be accomplished with a Phased Innovation (R21/R33) mechanism, where polysubstance research can occur in any of these translational stages during the R21 phase and these findings will be rapidly back- or forward-integrated into another stage during the R33 phase, allowing for bi-directional research exchange.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

Linking the Provider Recommendation to Adolescent HPV Vaccine Uptake

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research on how the healthcare delivery system enhances or inhibits the effectiveness of a provider's recommendation of the adolescent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Characteristics of the provider, parent/patient, and clinical setting, can all affect whether a provider makes a recommendation, and whether that recommendation results in uptake of the HPV vaccine. This research requires expertise in cancer prevention, adult and childhood behavior, immunization promotion, and healthcare delivery.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to inform the scientific community of the pain research interests of the various Institutes and Centers (ICs) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to stimulate and foster a wide range of basic, clinical, and translational studies on pain as they relate to the missions of these ICs. New advances are needed in every area of pain research, from the micro perspective of molecular sciences to the macro perspective of behavioral and social sciences. Although great strides have been made in some areas, such as the identification of neural pathways of pain, the experience of pain and the challenge of treatment have remained uniquely individual and unsolved. Furthermore, our understanding of how and why individuals transition to a chronic pain state after an acute injury is limited. Research to address these issues conducted by interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research teams is strongly encouraged, as is research from underrepresented, minority, disabled, or women investigators.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award

The primary purpose of the NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Awards (K08) program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program represents the continuation of a long-standing NIH program that provides support and "protected time" to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite qualified researchers to submit grant applications aimed at improving and developing methodology in the behavioral and social sciences through innovations in research design, measurement, data collection and data analysis techniques.

The participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) encourage research that will improve the quality and scientific power of behavioral and social science data relevant to the IC missions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Scientific/Research Contact (see Section VII, Agency Contacts) of the IC that most closely matches their research focus to determine IC interest in the proposed research topic.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01)

The purpose of the NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to enhance the diversity of the pool of the NCI-funded cancer research workforce by supporting eligible individuals from groups that have been shown to be nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical sciences. This FOA provides salary and research support for a sustained period of "protected time" for intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

The Diversity Training Branch (DTB) of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), invites career development award applications (K01) from individuals from backgrounds that have been shown to be nationally underrepresented in health-related sciences.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary study to an existing trial, as part of their research and career development. Applicants not planning an independent clinical trial, or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, must apply to the companion FOA.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports small research projects on cancer that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.  

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

Population Health Interventions: Integrating Individual and Group Level Evidence

To improve health and reduce the burden of disease, scientific research needs to be implemented at the population level in addition to the biological and clinical levels. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support multilevel, transdisciplinary population health interventions that target underlying social, economic, and environmental conditions in an effort to improve health outcomes.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby notify Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) holding specific types of research grants (activity codes listed above) that funds are available for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. This supplement opportunity is also available to PD(s)/PI(s) of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue to work on the research project. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

Deadline: Due dates vary by awarding IC

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) to eligible, domestic institutions to enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral research training, including short-term research training, and help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to meet the needs of the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research agenda. Research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, and career development elements to prepare individuals for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. Programs proposing only short-term research training should not apply to this announcement, but rather to the Kirschstein-NRSA Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant Program (T35) exclusively reserved for predoctoral, short-term research training.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for the development of innovative interventions that improve cancer-related health behaviors across diverse racial/ethnic populations. Specifically, this FOA is intended to stimulate research aimed at 1) testing new theories and conceptual frameworks; 2) developing and evaluating novel strategies to improve cancer-related health behaviors; 3) investigating multi-level and multi-behavioral approaches; and 4) utilizing innovative research designs, methodologies, and technologies. The cancer-related health behaviors to be targeted are diet, obesity, physical activity and sedentary behavior, smoking, sleep and circadian dysfunction, alcohol use, and/or adherence to cancer-related medical regimens. Research can involve any aspect of the cancer continuum and any phase of the translational spectrum.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is part of an NIH initiative known as Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN). Areas supported by this FOA include research to generate and conduct preliminary tests of targeted addiction treatment to address multiple substances, which may include alcohol, tobacco and other drug use (ATOD).

This FOA encourages applications that focus on early-stage, treatment generation and pilot clinical trials that are consistent with an experimental therapeutic approach. This approach requires the identification of a theory-derived target based on putative mechanisms of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and clear hypotheses about how a treatment directed at changing the target can lead to clinical benefits.

Studies of novel treatments include, but are not limited to behavioral, pharmacological, physiological, learning- and device-based treatment approaches. This FOA provides support for up to two years (Phase I; R21) for protocol development, target identification and studies to confirm target engagement (i.e., link targets with tangible outcomes); followed by up to 3 years of support (Phase II; R33) for replication studies of addiction treatment across 2 or more settings. Specifically, this latter phase will focus on clinical trials that apply the target in a treatment setting (development, refinement, and/or adaptation) to evaluate the feasibility of conducting a larger trial.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is committed to supporting research that will increase scientific understanding of the health status of diverse population groups and thereby improve the effectiveness of health interventions and services for individuals within those groups. Priority is placed on understudied populations with distinctive health risk profiles. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) focuses on sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex populations. Basic, social, behavioral, clinical, and services research relevant to the missions of the sponsoring Institutes and Centers may be proposed.

Deadline: Standard Dates Apply

The NCI Transition Career Development Award

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports an NCI program that facilitates the transition of investigators in mentored, non-independent cancer research positions to independent faculty cancer research positions. This goal is achieved by providing protected time through salary and research support for the initial 3 years of the first independent tenure-track faculty position, or its equivalent, beginning at the time when the candidate starts a tenure-track faculty position.

Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) establishes an accelerated review/award process to support time-sensitive research to evaluate a new policy or program that is likely to influence obesity related behaviors (e.g., dietary intake, physical activity, or sedentary behavior) and/or weight outcomes in an effort to prevent or reduce obesity. This FOA is intended to support research where opportunities for empirical study are, by their very nature, only available through expedited review and funding.

All applications to this FOA must demonstrate that the evaluation of an obesity related policy and /or program offers an uncommon and scientifically compelling research opportunity that will only be available if the research is initiated with minimum delay. For these reasons, applications in response to this time-sensitive FOA are not eligible for resubmission. It is intended that eligible applications selected for funding will be awarded within four months of the application due date. However, administrative requirements and other unforeseen circumstances may delay issuance dates beyond that timeline.

Applications due on a continuous basis (once per month)

 

Department of Defense (DOD)

Foundations & Organizations

Graduate Training in Disparities Research (GTDR) | Komen for the Cure, Susan G.

Graduate Training in Disparities Research (GTDR) Grants are intended to establish and/or to sustain a training program for graduate students who are seeking careers dedicated to understanding and eliminating disparities in breast cancer outcomes across population groups.

By providing funding to outstanding training programs, Komen seeks to ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists will emerge as the next generation of leaders in the field of breast cancer research focused on disparities in breast cancer outcomes.

The research training program should be designed to meet the following goals:

  • Attract graduate students, specifically those from populations affected by disparities in breast cancer outcomes, into research careers.
     
  • Empower these students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively explore the causes of differential breast cancer outcomes and develop interventions to reduce and eliminate such disparities.

Deadline TBA

The Distinguished Scholars program supports world-class scientists, who are at the top in their field, and are at the forefront of today's most exciting breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer research. Selected by The Lustgarten Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), each grantee will receive $5 million in funding over the next five years, enabling these scientists to purse high-risk high-reward science, dedicate more of their time and focus to pancreatic cancer research, and accelerate a path to a cure.

The Distinguished Scholar Award is given on a discretionary basis and is not part of the annual grant program.

Any non-profit organization in the Komen Southeast Wisconsin service area can apply for up to $5,000 for a small pilot or capacity-building breast health program grant. These grants are for organizations interested in beginning a new program or testing new ideas that will increase the innovative capacity and effectiveness of breast health programs that serve low income and uninsured women.

Small Grants are available in two categories:

  1. Education/Outreach Grants will support the development of breast cancer programs or projects.
     
  2. Capacity Building/Technical Assistance Grants will provide funding to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization's ability to provide services by redesigning processes, implementing new practices, or developing collaborations or partnerships.

Applications due on a continuous basis throughout funding cycle

The number one priority of A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure Foundation is to act as a catalyst for researchers world-wide to turn their attention to the area of pediatric low grade glioma brain tumor research and to award research grants for the most promising programs and studies. The hope is that this research will lead to a better understanding of the causes of PLGA as well as the discovery of more effective treatments and a cure for the most common forms of children's brain tumors.

Proposals related to basic and translational* projects that can advance understanding of the underlying biology of the development and treatment of PLGA tumors will be considered.

*NIH definition of translational research: the process of applying ideas, insights, and discoveries generated through basic scientific inquiry to the treatment or prevention of human disease.

Applications continuous

SWOG's mission is to improve the practice of cancer medicine in preventing, detecting, and treating cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors, primarily through design and conduct of clinical trials. SWOG is a National Cancer Institute-supported network of more than 5,000 cancer researchers at more than 650 institutions in the U.S., Canada, and beyond. Additional educational and cancer research support is provided by SWOG's non-profit, philanthropic partner, The Hope Foundation.

STrS is a peer-reviewed program administered by The Hope Foundation in conjunction with SWOG. STrS is designed to support trial components that need supplemental funding during patient enrollment in a SWOG study. Qualifying components may include things that are outside of the SWOG-supported norm, such as atypical requests for tissue and/or data, or provision of materials to trial sites.

Applications continuous

Institutional/Other

Collaborative Research Development Grant

This grant provides funds for large ovarian cancer research projects that involve several investigators within one institution or collaborations between groups in multiple institutions.

Deadline: To be Announced

The Liz Tilberis Early Career Award is for junior faculty with a strong commitment to an investigative career in ovarian cancer research.

Deadline: To be Announced

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) is a rare malignancy of secretory glands, typically originating in the salivary glands though it does appear in other primary sites, including the palate, nasopharynx, tongue base, larynx, trachea, lacrimal gland, breast and vulva. There are approximately 1,200 new cases of ACC diagnosed each year in the United States, about 60% of which involve women. This cancer has a slow, and sometimes relentless, progression characterized by frequent recurrences and metastases to sites such as the lungs, liver and bones.

Deadline continuous

Medical Educational Grants are independent educational activities that utilize effective educational methods to address unmet medical needs that leads to improved patient outcomes. A Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. medical educational grant is designed to provide support for accredited educational programs for health care providers and non-accredited educational programs directed toward the patient and the local health care community.

The Medical Education Grants Department consists of education professionals who facilitate lifelong learning for clinicians and patients through support of independent education. BIPI's Medical Education and Research Grants department is committed to supporting innovative, high quality, independent medical education and research for healthcare professionals and patients that resolves unmet medical needs, fosters clinical excellence, and measurably improves health outcomes in areas of strategic focus to BIPI.

The sponsor considers funding of activities in many therapeutic areas including:

  • Therapeutic Areas Cardiovascular Disease – Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiovascular Disease – Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Immunology – General Immunology
  • Oncology – Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Oncology – Lung Cancer
  • Respiratory Disease – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Respiratory Disease – Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

Funding may be limited or exhausted in some therapeutic areas. BIPI will review and consider support of those requests in the areas above. To that end, educational objectives have been identified that are derived from evidence based science and are intended to close gaps in research, knowledge, or behaviors that represent barriers in care and patient outcomes.

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The aim of the UICC ICRETT fellowships is to facilitate rapid international transfer of cancer research and clinical technology, exchange knowledge and enhance skills in basic, clinical, behavioural and epidemiological areas of cancer research cancer control and prevention and to acquire appropriate clinical management, diagnostic and therapeutic expertise for effective application and use in the home organization upon return.

  • Research plan
    • Cancer prevention and control (including tobacco control)
    • Basic, applied and clinical cancer research Epidemiology,
    • Cancer registration, public education and behavioral sciences
  • Clinical training
    • Surgery, radio and chemotherapy, medical oncology, multidisciplinary cancer care
    • Clinical trials
    • Detection and diagnosis Prevention-oriented projects are especially encouraged

Deadline Continuous

Sanofi US is committed to funding high quality educational activities and materials in the therapeutic areas of interest to the company that have the potential to improve patient care and health outcomes.

The purpose of an educational grant is to support an activity that encourages an educational interchange with respect to available scientific and medical information. Educational activities may or may not be accredited.

Educational Grants fund educational activities and materials designed to improve the knowledge, competence (skill) and/or performance of healthcare professionals, patients, and/or consumers for improved patient care and outcomes.

Grants may be given for live educational activities, as well as educational publications and other types of enduring materials (e.g. interactive web, CD rom, audio tapes, etc.) provided that the activities or materials are advertised and open to a broad audience beyond members of the requesting institution. Fellowships or career development awards may be considered in limited circumstances.

Applicant must select one of the following Therapeutic Areas:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic Diseases
  • Immunology
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Renal
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Transplantation

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The FWC continues to seek additional funding to support expanded research priorities. Of special importance is increased funding for cervical, uterine, primary peritoneal, vaginal and vulvar cancer research. Additionally, the Foundation is seeking funding for a series of new types of research opportunities:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship grants: These grants are intended to attract and support promising young scientists and clinician/scientists to ensure the next generation of skilled researchers dedicated to gynecologic cancer research.
  • Career Development Awards: These grants are similar to the NIH CDA, K series awards, and are awarded to applicants who wish to further develop their careers in gynecologic cancer biomedical, behavioral or clinical research
  • Paired grants: Junior investigators would join with senior investigators for grants lasting two to three years.
  • Innovative grants: These grants would provide funding for creative and imaginative research projects that show promise for significant breakthroughs, but have not been sufficiently advanced or developed to receive support through traditional funding channels.
  • Extension of the current, highly successful stimulus or “seed” grant program to include all gynecologic cancers, and the opportunity for competitive renewals at the conclusion of the one-year research grant.

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