MCW Cancer Center Pilot Grant FAQs
For specific questions or concerns about an individual grant mechanism, contact Nicole Davis, Program Coordinator at (414) 805-7694.
All applicants who have not had a previously funded peer-reviewed grant from the NIH or any of the extramural organizations listed below must have a mentorship committee to assist in reading and providing feedback on your proposal. A mentorship committee must include a minimum of two faculty members. A letter of support from at least one of your mentorship committee members is required.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)
- American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
- American Cancer Society (ACS), (national office only)
- American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)
- American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
- California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
- Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Central Office of the Veterans Administration (VA), (excluding local/regional and “block” grants)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- The Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI)
- Florida Biomedical Research Program (FBRP)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
- Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)
- Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center/New York State Stem Cell Science Program
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
- Prevent Cancer Foundation (PCF)
- Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF)
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP)
- The California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP)
- U.S. Army (DOD) special research programs *
*Note: Grants funded through the U.S. Army’s, (DOD) special research programs in ovarian, breast
Pilot grant funds should stay within MCW and its affiliate organizations: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center; Froedtert Hospital; Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin. Subcontracts are not allowed, except in the case of community engaged research. For Community Engaged Research or Community Based Participatory Research, subcontracts / compensation to community partners is allowed, but not subcontracts to another academic site.
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
For a standard definition of translational research, please visit the CTSI website.
For MCW Cancer Center pilot grant applications, it is ultimately the review committee members who determine if a research project is translational or not.
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.
Examples of projects that were not considered to be translational research:
- Research projects with no clinical application, or no current application to human populations.