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Funding Opportunities

Wilmot Cancer Institute and the University of Rochester Medical Center provide a variety of funding mechanisms to support cancer researchers. 

2021 Wilmot Community Pilot Research Projects

Wilmot invites proposals for pilot research projects that are responsive to Wilmot’s community outreach and engagement research priorities. Responsive projects will investigate risk or prognostic factors, prevention or risk reduction methods, biomarkers or disease outcomes, cancer control or survivorship interventions, or treatment approaches relevant to these priorities. Investigators are encouraged to take advantage of existing tissue samples and data derived from catchment area populations. Read more about Wilmot's Community Outreach and Engagement Program

Applicants must be members of Wilmot Cancer Institute. Project concept summaries are due Friday, Oct. 29 and a “shark-tank” style review process will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Projects may start as early as Dec. 1, 2021 and end no later than June 30, 2022. Download the RFA for additional details, including a list of COE priorities. Contact with questions on the application process, or with questions about COE priorities.

Wilmot Team Science Pilot Studies 2021

The goal of Wilmot’s 2021 pilot program is to fund new collaborative research studies that will support future application for extramural team science funding from NCI (i.e., multiple PI R01s, P01s and U01s). Any type of cancer-related research is eligible for support (basic, translational or clinical). The project team must be led by a Wilmot member or associate member. Transdisciplinary teams are encouraged to apply. Application scoring will be based upon scientific merit, innovation and responsiveness to the RFA. Applications are due Oct. 30, 2021. To apply, please download the RFA and application face page. Funded projects are expected to begin on Jan. 1, 2022. Please contact Thom Fogg at with questions. 

Wilmot Postdoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship

The Wilmot Postdoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship supports mentored research training for physicians with M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees who have completed residency training and intend to pursue an academic career in clinical, translational or basic cancer research. The fellowship was established with the support of local businessman and philanthropist James P. Wilmot through a foundation named in his memory. The goal of the program is to provide research training to prepare physicians for independent careers in cancer research and training.

Applications are due Feb.11, 2022. For more details and application instructions, download the RFA. Please contact Brandy Rochon, Research Administrator, at with questions.

Wilmot Predoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship

The Wilmot Predoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship provides two years of support for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. candidates under the mentorship of a Wilmot Cancer Institute member. The goal of the program is to enable emerging scientists to build an independent career in the investigation of the causes, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, or management of cancer or its side effects.

Applications are due Feb. 11, 2022. For more details and application instructions, download the RFA and application instructions. To learn more, contact Thom Fogg, Assistant Director for Research Administration, at

University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot Grants

The UR CTSI provides a variety of pilot funding opportunities for innovative translational and clinical research, a Career Development K Award  program for early-career faculty, and a Population Health Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

University Research Awards

The University Research Awards (URA) provide seed grants for promising, high-risk projects. Half of the funding comes from the President's Fund, with the rest being matched by the various schools whose faculty members are recipients. Applications are sought from faculty across the University, and funding is awarded to recipients who demonstrate their projects favor new research with a high probability of being leveraged by future external funding. A review committee of faculty from across UR provides peer review of the applications.

To learn more, contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Research, at

Resources for Extramural Funding

University of Rochester Office of Research Projects Administration (ORPA)

The Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) is a clearinghouse for not only funding opportunities, but also information about forms, regulations, and policies.

University of Rochester Office of the Provost

In addition to listing intramural funding sources, the Office of the Provost has information about Limited Submission Opportunities and other external funding opportunities.