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Cancer Center Grants

The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center announces the availability of two types of seed money grants for faculty to conduct cancer-related research projects: the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant and the Cancer Center Pilot Projects Program. 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. If eligible, faculty may apply for both awards using the same research project description and abstract supplemented with the relevant budget forms and additional information. A space is provided on the application form to specify for which grant (or both) the application is intended.

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 Penn 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.

Application Deadline: The deadline for submitting a completed ACS IRG grant application is January 15, 2002.

Award Period: The award period for the ACS IRG grant will be one year (July 1, 2002 -- June 30, 2003).

II. Cancer Center Pilot Projects Grants for All Faculty Levels

Description and Eligibility Criteria: The 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 15, 2002.

Award Period: The award period for the Pilot Projects grant will be from March 1, 2002 to November 30, 2002.

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, 1635 Penn Tower, (215) 349-8382.


Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 13, November 20, 2001

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS:

Tuesday,
November 20, 2001
Volume 48 Number 13
www.upenn.edu/almanac/

Penn receives over $15.5 million from JDRF and W.W. Smith Trust to establish two centers to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications
For FY 2001, the Associated Investments Fund, Penn's main investment vehicle, out-performed its benchmark, returning a positive performance.
Penn's paystubs have been redesigned to be more informative and easier to understand.
Penn's Way weekly raffles begin; envelopes must be submitted to Payroll by this Wednesday for the first drawing.
With fall semester classes ending December 10, the Provost reissues the Rules Governing Final Examinations.
Two types of grants are available to faculty to conduct cancer-related research projects; the deadline is January 15 for both.
As the holidays approach, there are special events and performances to attend and there are the annual appeals to donate and contribute to those less fortunate.