The University of Illinois Cancer Center invites community partners and cancer biologists to watch recorded informational webinars about its Hope Leaders Program, and then apply to join the second cohort of the program dedicated to building bidirectional relationships between scientists and community organizations. April 30 is the deadline to apply.

Watch Informational Webinars

Community Partners: Watch a recorded informational webinar about the grant and how to apply.

Cancer Biologists: Watch a recorded informational webinar about the grant and how to apply.

The program, run by the Cancer Center’s Office of Community Engagement and Health Equity, empowers community organizations to communicate the health needs of the communities they represent directly to Cancer Center researchers. Additionally, it allows researchers and their labs to engage community partners about projects that may ultimately benefit local diverse populations, while giving community partners opportunities to provide input about experimental design, processes and findings.

Video Describing Hope Leaders

Grant Details

The “2024 Hope Leaders in Lab Science Training Award for Community Partners” is a $20,000 grant award spread evenly across two years. Application details are available here. Watch a recorded informational webinar about the grant and how to apply.

The “2024 Hope Leaders in Community Outreach and Engagement Training Award for Cancer Biologists,” is a $30,000 grant award spread across two years with $20,000 in Year 1. Cancer biologists must be full Cancer Center members to apply. Application details are available here.

Inaugural Cohort

The inaugural Hope Leaders cohort is currently comprised of the community organizations Equal Hope and Advocates for Community Wellness, along with Cancer Center members and researchers Ekrem Emrah Er, PhD, and Jun Sun, PhD.

Video from Equal Hope about Hope Leaders

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