|Cancer Center Funding Opportunities: December 15, 2006
November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania announces the availability of three types of seed money grants for faculty to conduct cancer-related research projects: American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant; Cancer Center Pilot Projects Program; and Cancer Center Collaborative Pilot Projects Program. See www.penncancer.com/grants.
American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants
Through its American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG), the Abramson 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 $30,000 will be awarded for the exploration of new developments in basic, translational 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 award period for the ACS IRG grant will be one year: January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Cancer Center Pilot Project Grants
The Abramson Cancer Center will provide seed money grants up to $25,000 to University faculty members at any faculty 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.
The award period for the Pilot Projects grant will be from March 1, 2007 to November 30, 2007.
Cancer Center Collaborative Pilot Project Grants
The Cancer Center will provide Collaborative Pilot Project Grants up to $75,000 for Penn faculty members to conduct cancer-related research projects. Proposals must be submitted by two or more Penn faculty members. All full-time University faculty are eligible to apply. The Cancer Center Collaborative Pilot Projects Program funds innovative, collaborative cancer research projects that have the potential for future peer review funding. The proposed area of research cannot be funded through an existing or prior research grant. Among the factors of high value to the scientific reviewers will be: translational research impact, new collaborations (researchers have not previously worked together), researchers representing more than one discipline or department, novelty of the research concept, and research addressing a high priority area.
The award period will be one year from the date of the award notice from the Cancer Center; award notices will not be issued until projects are approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For more information or an application: University faculty from all Schools and Departments are invited to download application forms and instructions from the Abramson Cancer Center’s website at www.penncancer.com/grants.