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Cancer Center

MCW Cancer Center Pilot Grants

February 2020 RFA

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In an effort to advance cancer research with a goal of improving the health of Wisconsin citizens, the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center is seeking proposals for non-clinical trial cancer research projects.

Sources of pilot funding include ACS-IRG, Cancer Crush, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW), and Ann’s Hope. Project dates will be 7/1/2020-6/30/2021.  No cost extensions for Basic and Population science may not be available due to funding source constraints.

MCWCC Pilot Grants are using a database system to collect your letter of intent, cover sheet, and annual progress reports. Begin the process. You will be prompted to log in to the Faculty Collaboration Database before completing the letter of intent (LOI).

Pilot Grant Funding Opportunities

Multiple awards are available in each category.

 

RFA Code

ACS Pilot Research Grant

$30,000; 1-year award with the potential to obtain a

$20,000 supplement for a second year with evidence of an extramural funding application in progress

 

ACS

Basic Science

$50,000 1-year award - up to two awards

 

 

BSC

Population Health

$50,000 1-year award - up to two awards

 PH

Special ares of emphasis for BSC and PH

  • Multi PI/Collaborative Science
  • Disparity-related
  • Melanoma

Basic Eligibility Requirements 

All applicants must be a member of the MCW Cancer Center or have a membership application pending at the time of application. Not a member? Apply for membership.

Applicants may only submit one application to a single funding mechanism.

Principal Investigator (PI) Eligibility: MCW faculty (including joint appointments) with full-time or full professional effort status are eligible to serve as principal investigators; adjunct and part-time faculty are NOT eligible to apply for these awards.

Deadlines

  • March 20, 2020 5:00 pm CT. Deadline for LOI submission. Information required: Anticipated project title, a short description of the proposal, and the Mechanism for which you are applying. Submit LOI
  • April 7, 2020 5:00 pm CT. Application Due to MCW Cancer Center by email to Nicole Davis.

Note: MCW has adopted a new process for internal grant submissions. Applications will not be entered into eBridge unless they are chosen for funding. Research Program Coordinator will assist you with that process if your proposal is selected. 

ACS-IRG (ACS): The purpose of the ACS IRG Awards is to promote junior faculty to pursue cancer-related research.  It is targeted to applicants who are in their first 6 years as junior faculty members (instructors and assistant professors) and who are in the process of establishing independent cancer research programs. The purpose of this grant program is to support the development of exceptional research projects that will develop junior cancer investigators and advance the objectives of the MCW Cancer Center. A clear plan for how the pilot data will support development of subsequent external funding proposals is required. Studies in all areas of cancer research - laboratory, prevention and control, population, and psychosocial cancer research - will be considered for funding. Applications for novel clinical projects and for community-based projects are particularly encouraged in addition to basic science projects. Note: This mechanism does not provide direct support for clinical trials.

ACS Grant Applications: At time of the award start, the PI must be an MCW junior faculty member (Assistant Professor or Instructor within 6 years of first faculty appointment at any institution) and cannot have any current extramural peer-reviewed funding. Peer-reviewed funding includes grants from the NIH (K-awards are allowed) or these extramural organizations.

Basic Science (BSC):  Applications will be accepted for basic research in all cancers.

Population Health (PH):  Explores the areas of cancer care delivery, health behavior interventions or community engaged research. Proposals should focus on efforts to improve cancer care delivery by determining mechanisms and developing interventions that impact equity of care, quality of care and quality of life and/or develop and test behavioral interventions to reduce cancer risk, improve cancer outcomes and eliminate cancer disparities. Proposals will also be accepted that focus on creating or further developing collaborative relationships with community partners to address cancer disparities, increase community capacity, and provide greater opportunities to translate findings into practice.

Note: Applications for Multi PI Grants and projects to explore cancer disparities are encouraged.

Please click on the sections below to access forms and further instructions. If you have any questions or need support, contact Nicole Davis.

Instructions, Forms, Deadlines and Resources

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Deadlines

The Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center is seeking pilot grant proposals for cancer-relevant projects: 

 

RFA Released

Letter of Intent Due

Application Due to Cancer Center

Award Start Date

February 12

March 20

April 7

July 1

Deadlines

March 20, 2020 5:00 pm CTView LOI deadline information. Information required: Anticipated project title, a short description of the proposal, and the Mechanism for which you are applying.

April 7, 2020 5:00 pm CT. Application Due to MCW Cancer Center by email to Nicole Davis at nmdavis@mcw.edu

Note: MCW has adopted a new process for internal grant submissions.  Applications will not be entered into eBridge unless they are chosen for funding.  Research Program Coordinator will assist you with that process if your proposal is selected.

Eligibility
Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must be a member of the MCW Cancer Center or have a membership application pending at the time of application. Not a member? Apply for Membership

Applicants may only submit one application to a single funding mechanism.

Principal Investigator (PI) Eligibility: MCW faculty (including joint appointments) with full-time or full professional effort status are eligible to serve as principal investigators; adjunct and part-time faculty are NOT eligible to apply for these awards.

Mentorship Committee: All applicants who have not had a previously funded peer-reviewed grant from the NIH or extramural organization must have a mentorship committee to assist in reading and providing feedback on the proposal. A mentorship committee must include a minimum of two faculty members. A letter of support from at least one of the mentorship committee members is required.

Budget Guidelines

Budget Guidelines (see instructions for specific details)

  • PI effort must be cost shared.
  • No Subcontracts are allowed without prior approval.
  • Travel is capped at $2,000 for PI travel to a scientific meeting to present data.

Budget: List direct costs only; indirect costs are not allowed. Direct costs should align with award goals and objectives. Costs that have NOT been identified and approved through the application process must be requested as a re-budget prior to being incurred or the cost is considered unallowable.

Bridge Funding Not Allowed: Funding cannot be used as “bridge funding” for lapsed grants from any extramural source and is intended to be used solely for new projects.

Review Criteria

Grant Writing Resources

You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the available resources for developing and writing research proposals. Resources include Mentoring Committees, Research Program Leaders, Cancer Center Senior Leadership, and Department Chairs. 

Review Criteria

Significance: Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field?

Investigator: Are the PD/PIs, collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the project? If they are early stage investigators, new investigators, or in the early stages of independent careers, do they have appropriate experience and training? If established, have they demonstrated an ongoing record of accomplishments that have advanced their field(s)? If the project is collaborative or multi-PD/PI, do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise; are their leadership approach, governance and organizational structure appropriate for the project? Reminder: submit Biosketches for all key personnel.

Innovation: Does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions? Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions proposed?

Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility, and will particularly risky aspects be managed? If the project involves clinical research, are the plans for 1) protection of human subjects from research risks, and 2) inclusion of minorities and members of both sexes/genders, as well as the inclusion of children, justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed?

Environment: Will the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Is the institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed? Will the project benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements? Reminder: submit your one-page Facilities component with your application.

Extramural Funding Potential: How will the completion of the aims of the proposed project support an external grant proposal? What is the likelihood that the proposed project will generate resultant preliminary data for submitting a strong proposal for peer-reviewed extramural funding?

Does proposal address any of the special areas of emphasis for BSC and PH:  
Multi PI/Collaborative Science
Disparity-related

Additional elements:

Return on Investment: Used only for applicants with prior Cancer Center Pilot Grants. Reviewers will provide an evaluation of the applicants return on investment (peer-reviewed publications and extramural grants) from previously awarded Cancer Center Pilot Grants using the information submitted by the applicant on Form D.

Acknowledgement: Award recipients must acknowledge the MCW Cancer Center and funding support from philanthropic sources (such as the ACS, Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin, or the State of Wisconsin Tax Check-Off Program for Breast or Prostate Cancer Research) in any publications, scientific abstracts (where permitted), posters at scientific meetings, press releases or other media communications, and Internet-based communications. Award letters will indicate the appropriate funding source to acknowledge.