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Abramson Cancer Center Seed Money Grants: December 17

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November 23, 2010, Volume 57, No. 13

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania announces the availability of two types of seed money grants for faculty to conduct cancer-related research projects:

• American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG)

• Cancer Center Pilot Projects Program

Application materials are available at www.penncancer.org/grants. The deadline is December 17.

Questions concerning application submission can be directed to: Aprille McCoy, scientific coordinator, Abramson Cancer Center, (215) 662-3912, or admccoy@exchange.upenn.edu.

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants

Through an Institutional Research Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS IRG), the Abramson Cancer Center will provide seed money grants to junior faculty members (e.g., assistant professor within six years of their appointment) to initiate promising new cancer research projects with the object to obtain preliminary data enabling them to compete successfully for national peer-reviewed research grants. Hence, investigators who have a peer-reviewed national research grant are not eligible for this award.

NEW: Investigators who have previously received support from the Cancer Center ACS IRG are now eligible to apply for a second year of funding. 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. Projects must have all necessary certifications to be eligible.

The award period for the ACS IRG grant is for one year, February 1 to December 31, 2011.

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. However, investigators with new grants submitted to the NCI requiring a second submission (A1) are encouraged to apply for a pilot award. Investigators whose projects use Abramson Cancer Center Cores, involve significant new collaborations and/or relate to the strategic priorities of the ACC are also encouraged to apply. 

The Scientific Strategic Priorities are:

• Identification of factors in the tumor microenvironment that promote carcinogenesis and tumor growth.

• Identification and characterization of cancer stem cells in solid tumors, and/or of understanding their interactions with the tumor microenvironment.

• Evaluation of novel compounds that target pathways required for tumor maintenance in investigator-initiated human trials that validate target effects.

• Identification of host genetic signatures and gene-environment interactions that predict cancer susceptibility and cancer outcomes.

• Elucidation of the mechanisms underlying key behavioral cancer risk factors (e.g. obesity, tobacco, and physical inactivity) and/or development of novel interventions to modify these factors and prevent cancer.

• Translation of evidence-based strategies for personalized risk assessment, prevention, and early detection into improved population health.

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. Projects must have all necessary human subject or animal certifications to be eligible.

The award period for the Pilot Projects grant is from February 1 to November 30, 2011.

 

Almanac - November 23, 2010, Volume 57, No. 13