MCW Cancer Center Pilot Grant FAQs
If you have specific questions or concerns about an individual grant mechanism, please contact Nicole Davis, Program Coordinator at (414) 805-7694.
What is considered a peer reviewed funded grant for the purposes of my application? (List of peer-reviewed extramural organizations.)
1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
2. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)
3. American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
4. American Cancer Society (ACS), (national office only)
5. American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)
6. American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
7. California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
8. Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
9. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
10. Central Office of the Veterans Administration (VA), (excluding local/regional and “block” grants)
11. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
12. The Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI)
13. Florida Biomedical Research Program (FBRP)
14. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
15. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
16. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
17. Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)
18. Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
19. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
20. National Science Foundation (NSF)
21. New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center/New York State Stem Cell Science Program
22. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
23. Prevent Cancer Foundation (PCF)
24. Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF)
25. Susan G. Komen for the Cure
26. The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP)
27. The California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP)
28. U.S. Army (DOD) special research programs *
*Note: Grants funded through the U.S. Army’s, (DOD) special research programs in ovarian, breast and
Are patient incentives an allowable cost for a pilot grant?
Am I required to use the new NIH biosketch format for submission of my MCW Cancer Center pilot grant application?
Are subcontracts now prohibited in MCWCC pilot grant awards? If so, does this include community partners for community engaged research work?
Given the common use of subcontracts/compensation to community based organizations (CBOs) for their important role as partners in this research, subcontracting to qualified 501 C (3) CBOs for a community engaged research project is allowed. Please note, the PI is responsible for confirming that MCW will subcontract to the CBO.
In your Letter of Intent, include the following:
- Name of the CBO
- Brief description of the CBO role in the research
- Approximate amount of the subcontract
In your application, include the following:
- Detailed justification for the role of the CBO in your budget justification
- Memorandum of Understanding to participate in the project
- CBO 501c(3) documentation
- CBO tax ID
What about purchased services or supplies?
What types of research projects are considered translational research? What types of projects are not considered translational research?
For MCW Cancer Center pilot grant applications, it is ultimately the review committee members who determine if a research project is translational or not. If you have a question about the translational nature of your project/application, we encourage you to reach out to Kitty Marquardt for further discussion.
Here are some examples of translational research projects funded by the MCW Cancer Center:
- Animal models that test drug toxicity, results of which are applied to human studies.
- A project that takes basic / laboratory science and applies this to human tissue, clinical trials or patient data.
Here are examples of projects that were not considered to be translational research:
- Research projects with no clinical application, or no current application to human populations.