Abramson Cancer Center Pilot Project Awards: November 15
October 15, 2013, Volume 60, No. 9
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania announces the availability of seed money grants for faculty to conduct cancer-related research projects.
Population Science Pilot Projects
The Abramson Cancer Center, with co-funding from the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), is soliciting proposals for pilot studies in the areas of Cancer Control and Tobacco and Environmental Carcinogenesis. Four awards for up to $40,000 in direct costs will be made as part of this competitive grant program. The funding will be allocated for one year and is expected to provide the support needed to conduct pilot studies that would, in turn, serve as preliminary data for an R01-type grant application. Faculty members at all levels are welcome to apply. Applications will be evaluated for scientific innovation, experimental rigor and the potential to generate external funding.
Responsive applications should propose research in one or more of the following areas:
I. Cancer Control: Behavioral science and health services research designed to further understand and improve the delivery and outcomes of cancer care. Areas of focus include cancer genetics and epidemiology, risk communication and medical decision-making, health economics, quality of life and cancer survivorship and cancer disparities. Research using methods of secondary data analyses, survey research, mixed methods or development and evaluations of behavioral interventions are appropriate. Molecular epidemiology and genetics studies relevant to cancer also are encouraged. Applications are sought that address key scientific questions across the cancer spectrum of prevention, screening, treatment and survivorship. Pilot studies proposing to evaluate novel theoretical models or interventions are particularly encouraged.
II. Tobacco and Environmental Carcinogenesis: Basic, clinical and population-based research focused on enhancing understanding of the determinants and treatment of tobacco use and environmental risk factors for cancer and on interventions to improve detection or prevention of cancers associated with these exposures. Proposals that focus on the two primary scientific goals of the TEC program are encouraged. First, applications that aim to develop or test novel methods for preventing or treating nicotine dependence are sought, including studies that focus on understanding the determinants of tobacco use and cessation and the development of new treatments for nicotine dependence. Second, applications are encouraged that focus on enhancing understanding of the relationships between cancer and exposure to known environmental carcinogens. In particular, applications are sought that focus on identifying the mechanisms that link cancer to environmental carcinogens, developing and validating biomarkers of carcinogen exposure and response, identifying gene and gene-environment interactions in the susceptibility to carcinogens, expression profiling and imaging approaches that will enable early detection of lung cancer biology.
The following information applies:
1. Successful applicants will be notified by January 3, 2014. Funding will have a start date of February 1, 2014.
2. It is intended that four awards will be made in the amount of $40,000 each.
3. Awards will be for one year only.
4. Awards will be for direct costs only.
5. No carryover of funds past November 30, 2015 will be allowed.
6. Awards will be administered through the ACC.
7. Applicants selected for funding will be required to complete appropriate grant activation paperwork through the ACC by January 17, 2014.
The award period is February 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015.
Application instructions and materials are available at: www.penncancer.org/research/investigators-only/funding-opportunities/population-science-pilot-projects/
Questions concerning application submission may be directed to: Cecilia Scavelli, associate director for research administration, ACC, at (215) 349-8387, firstname.lastname@example.org