Research Grants via Penn Cancer Center:
Two Types of Seed Money
The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
announces the availability of two types of seed money grants for faculty
to conduct cancer-related research projects. Please note that these awards
vary in terms of eligibility criteria, budget periods and maximum dollar
awards. These awards are the same in
terms of research project proposals and deadlines. Note that if eligible,
faculty may apply for both awards using the same research project proposal
description and abstract supplemented with the relevant budget forms and
additional information. A space is provided on the application form to specify
which grant (or both) for which the individual is applying.
I. American Cancer Society Institutional Research
Grants for Junior Faculty
Description and Eligibility Criteria: Through its American Cancer Society Institutional Research
Grant (ACS IRG), the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center will provide
partial support to full-time University faculty for cancer-related research.
The stated purpose of the ACS IRG is to provide seed money to junior
faculty members (e.g., Assistant Professor) to initiate promising new
research projects so they can obtain preliminary results that will enable
them to compete successfully for national peer-reviewed research grants.
Hence, investigators who have a peer-reviewed national research grant or
have previously received support from the Cancer Center ACS IRG are not
eligible. Seed money grants from $5,000 to $20,000 will be awarded
for the exploration of new developments in basic, clinical and cancer control
research. Behavioral sciences or health services research related to cancer
are eligible for these awards. Covered costs include laboratory personnel
costs (non-faculty), data manager or research nursing support, laboratory
supplies, animals, and small equipment; no travel or patient costs are allowed.
The deadline for submitting a completed ACS IRG grant application is
January 16, 1998.
The award period for the ACS IRG grant will be for one year (7/1/98 - 6/30/99).
This grant is non-renewable.
For more information or an application: University faculty from all Schools and Departments are
invited to obtain application forms and instructions from Cancer Center
Administration, 12 Penn Tower, 349-8382.
II. Cancer Center Pilot Projects Grants for All Faculty Levels
Description and Eligibility Criteria: Through its National Cancer Institute Core Support Grant,
the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center will provide seed money grants
up to $25,000 to University faculty members at any level for innovative
cancer research projects that have the potential for national peer reviewed
grant funding. Investigators who have already received peer-reviewed funding
for their proposed projects will not be eligible for this award. Investigators
who have not previously conducted cancer research, but are proposing a cancer-related
project are encouraged to apply. Covered costs include faculty salaries,
laboratory personnel costs, data management or research nursing support,
laboratory supplies, animals, and small equipment; no travel or patient
costs are allowed.
Application Deadline: The
deadline for submitting a completed Pilot Projects grant application is
January 16, 1998.
--Deborah E. Weil, Associate Director
for Research, Cancer Center
Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive &
Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program 1998 Competition:
Call for Proposals
Penn's Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive
and Liver Disease seeks applications to its Pilot and Feasibility Grant
Program. Proposals should be related to the focus of the Center, which encompasses
molecular studies on the biology or disease of the alimentary tract, pancreas,
and liver. Relevant investigations include those in developmental biology,
regulation of gene expression, growth, differentiation and carcinogenesis,
the biology of stem cells, molecular genetics, gene therapy, and immunology,
including growth factors and cytokines. Biomedical investigators with US.
citizenship or permanent visas who meet the eligibility requirements below
are invited to apply.
1. New investigators who have never held extramural
support (R29, RO1, PO1).
2. Investigators who wish to apply their expertise
in other areas of biomedical research to a problem in digestive and liver
3. Investigators in digestive and liver disease
who wish to study an area that represents a significant departure from currently
4. Current pilot project awardees may apply for
a one year renewal grant.
Completed proposals are due Monday, January
For applications and additional information, please
contact: Lisa Kaiser, financial administrator, Center for Molecular Studies
in Digestive and Liver Disease at 573-4264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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