Pilot Project Program LOI June 10

The University of Illinois Cancer Center is seeking applications for its Pilot Project Program.

The program offers funding for projects proposed by Cancer Center members to encourage new collaborative cancer research projects. These pilot project grants were created to stimulate new interprogrammatic research initiatives that lead to competitive grant applications to external peer-reviewed funding organizations, specifically organizations on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) peer review list.

Important Dates

Monday, June 10, 2024 – Letter of Intent (LOI) Due

Monday, July 15, 2024 – Full Application (by invitation) Due

Pilot Project Details

Applications are required to be focused on project development for a new multi-PI grant submission to NCI and must have a strong cancer focus. 

Projects awards are up to $50,000 for a one-year project period.

Most desired topics for the 2024 RFA include: 

  • Research focused on cancer health disparities
  • Projects relevant to the Cancer Center catchment area. For data/information related to the catchment area, please contact Margaret Wright, PhD, at [email protected].
  • Translational projects, pre-clinical therapeutic targets and interventions
  • Five priority cancers (breast, colorectal, liver/hepatocellular, lung and prostate)
  • Women’s cancers
  • Projects that leverage shared resources capabilities at the Cancer Center

Pilot Projects Next Steps

For more information, please contact Karissa Cerda at [email protected].

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