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Funding Opportunities

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

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Wilmot Funding Opportunities

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 Thomas_Fogg@urmc.rochester.edu with questions on the application process, or Charles_Kamen@urmc.rochester.edu 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 Thomas_Fogg@urmc.rochester.edu 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 and application face page. Please contact Brandy Rochon, Research Administrator, at Brandy_Rochon@urmc.rochester.edu 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 Thomas_Fogg@urmc.rochester.edu.

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University of Rochester Funding Opportunities

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 Adele.Coelho@rochester.edu.

 

2022 University of Rochester Aging Institute Pilot Studies

The University of Rochester Aging Institute (URAI) is soliciting grant applications to support up to three one-year research projects on the theme of aging. One of these awards will be co-sponsored by the Wilmot Cancer Institute and will focus on cancer and aging. Projects may target basic, translational or clinical research topics. Each award will provide $50,000. Letters of intent are due on March 21, 2022; invited full applications will be due on May 16, 2022. Learn more and get application instructions

 

2022 University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center Pilot Program

The UR Environmental Health Sciences Center provides pilot funding to advance new translational environmental health sciences research, especially projects that investigate developmental origins of disease at any subsequent stage of the life cycle, and interventions for mitigating such effects. Applicants may request up to $30,000 for a one-year project. Initial applications, including a one-page abstract, are due on August 1.

For more information, contact Martha Susiarjo, PhD or Pat Noonan-Sullivan. Additional information is available on the EHSC website.

 

Center for Research on Flavored Tobacco – mentored pilot awards

The Center for Research on Flavored Tobacco (CRoFT), a collaborative project involving the University of Rochester and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, has released a call for application for mentored pilot projects addressing the following priority areas: toxicity, addiction, health effects, behavior, communications, marketing influences, and impact analysis related to tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes.

The program will fund awards of $13,600 for the twelve months beginning September 1, 2022. Proposals are due May 2, 2022. Please download the RFA for details.

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External Funding Opportunities

St. Baldrick's Foundation Scholar Awards

Due date: 8/12/22 for UR internal applications

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is committed to supporting research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The foundation’s Scholar Awards program provides up to $565,000 over five years to help develop the independent research of highly qualified individuals early in their careers. This is a limited submission opportunity. The University’s internal application deadline is August 12, 2022 for awards starting July 1, 2023. For more information, visit the foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

St. Baldrick's Foundation Research Grants 2023

Due date: 8/12/22 for UR internal applications

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is committed to supporting research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The foundation’s Research Grants program provides one-year, $100,000 grants to support  laboratory, clinical, or epidemiological research in Burkitt lymphoma, Ewing sarcoma, rhabdoid tumors, childhood glioblastoma multiforme, and atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor. This is a limited submission opportunity. Internal applications are due August 12, 2022, for projects starting July 1, 2023. For more information, visit the foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations. Note: Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fundraising, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has not yet made a decision on whether they will offer these awards in 2023. The UR will proceed, however, with its internal application process.

 

Melanoma Research Foundation – Mid-Career Bridge Grants

Due date: 8/15/2022 and 12/15/2022 for full applications

The mission of the Melanoma Research Foundation is to eradicate melanoma by accelerating medical RESEARCH while EDUCATING to and ADVOCATING for the melanoma community. The foundation’s Mid-Career Bridge Grant program provides one-year bridge grants in the amount of $100,000 for established researchers with pre-existing R01s, who have applied for a second NIH R01 grant that was scored, but not funded. Applications are due August 15, 2022 or December 15, 2022 for projects starting approximately October 1, 2022 or February 1, 2023, respectively. For more information, visit the foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation – Clinical Investigator Awards

Due date: 8/26/2022 for UR internal applications

The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award program is intended to provide outstanding young physicians with the resources and training structure essential to becoming successful clinical investigators. The goal is to increase the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient’s bedside in search of breakthrough treatments. The applicant is required to apply in conjunction with a Mentor who is established in the field of clinical translational cancer research, cancer prevention or cancer epidemiology. Awards are for three years and provide $200,000 per year and also may retire up to $100,000 in medical school debt. This is a limited submission opportunity. UR internal applications are due August 26, 2022 for awards starting 7/1/2023. For more information, visit the foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

AACR NextGen Stars

Due date: 10/4/22

The American Associate for Cancer Research (AACR) invites Associate Members and early-career Active members to apply for the opportunity to give a talk in a major session at the AACR Annual Meeting 2023. Outstanding graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors are welcome to apply. Selected talks will be added to existing Major Symposia and Advances sessions, based on the subject matter of the abstract. Most talks will be 15 minutes in length plus 5 minutes for discussion, but the assigned length of the talk may vary depending on the session. Awardees will also receive travel support and complementary meeting registration. Applications are due on October 4, 2022; the AACR Annual Meeting takes place April 14-19, 2023. For more information, visit the AACR website.

 

2022 Breast Cancer Research Grant Initiative 

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is seeking proposals for its 2022 Breast Cancer Research Grant Initiative. Proposals must have the potential to yield significant breakthroughs in the following breast cancer research priorities: cause, prevention, prevention of metastasis, or cure. Two types of awards are available: (1) pre-doctoral trainee/post-doctoral fellow awards ($25,000); and (2) faculty awards ($50,000). Proposals are due electronically by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, with hard copies to follow.

For more information and application instructions, see the foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Research Grants

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer at non-profit institutions in the United States. The Foundation funds projects for a one-year period to establish capabilities of new cancer researchers or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. Early stage funding by the Foundation will ideally lead to subsequent and expanded government agency funding. The Pardee opportunity is highly competitive, with the Foundation awarding approximately 22 grants annually, spread over three grantmaking rounds per year. Applications are due on April 30, December 15 and August 31. For more information and application instructions, see the foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

2022 Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Research Fund 
Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for research projects to advance the understanding and treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and related blood disorders. Proposed projects may be in the basic science, translational research, or clinical research disciplines. Two types of awards are available: Early Career Awards for postdoctoral researchers or junior faculty ($125,000 per year for two years); and Established Investigator Awards for investigators who have five or more years of experience after completing fellowship or postdoctoral training ($250,000 per year for two years).

Letters of Inquiry are due on Friday, March 18, 2022 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit the Dresner Foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance

The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance invites Letters of Intent (LOI) for ovarian cancer research projects. Several types of grants are available, including (1) Collaborative Research Development Grants, involving collaborations among multiple investigators at the same or at different institutions ($300,000 per year for three years); and (2) Early Career Investigator Grants for junior faculty ($150,000 per year for three years). 

Letters of Intent are due on April 7, 2022, with invited full proposals due June 22, 2022. For more information, visit the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – Grant Programs

The mission of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is to change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer. ‘A’ award grants are for early independent career scientists aiming to establish a career in pediatric oncology research. ‘R’ award grants are for scientists focused on pediatric oncology research. Applicants may request up to $800,000 for a four-year award.

Proposals for both types of awards are due on May 12, 2022. For more information, download application guidelines for the ‘A’ award or ‘R’ award, and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

Lung Cancer Research Foundation: Pilot Grant Program

The Pilot Grant Program of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation aims to fund innovative projects across the full spectrum of basic, translational, clinical, epidemiological, health services, early detection, disparities, and social determinants of health research. The program is open to post-doctoral researchers, clinical fellows, or early-career and mid-career investigators with less than 10 years’ experience since their initial faculty appointment. Awards are in the amount of $150,000 for two years. Letters of intent are due on April 30, 2022. For more information and application instructions, see the foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

Lung Cancer Research Foundation: Early Detection and Pre-Neoplasia Research Grants

This new program from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation is focused on identifying, characterizing, and developing approaches and techniques that will allow early detection of lung cancer and gaining insight into pre-neoplastic processes in the lungs. The program is open to post-doctoral researchers, clinical fellows, or early-career and mid-career investigators with less than 10 years’ experience since their initial faculty appointment. Awards are in the amount of $150,000 for two years. Letters of intent are due on April 30, 2022. For more information and application instructions, see the foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

Lung Cancer Research Foundation: Minority Career Development Award

Also a new program from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, this program supports early-stage scientists from underrepresented groups working in lung cancer and engaged in diverse areas of research including basic, clinical, translational, disparities, and social determinants of health research. The program is open to investigators from racial or ethnic groups that are underrepresented in health-related sciences and biomedical research, and must be post-doctoral researchers, clinical fellows, or early-career and mid-career investigators within ten years of receiving the MD or PhD degrees. Awards are in the amount of $150,000 for two years. Applications are due on May 27, 2022. For more information and application instructions, see the foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

2023 Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research

The Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches to basic, translational, and applied cancer research, with a preference for multidisciplinary approaches. The program does not fund clinical trials research.

This is a “limited submission opportunity”, i.e., the University of Rochester may nominate only one applicant. Accordingly, interested individuals must first apply for internal consideration. Internal applications are due April 15, 2022. Applications are due to the Pew Charitable Trusts (for chosen UR nominee only) on September 1, 2022. For more information the program, please see the Pew Foundation website. For internal application information, please see URMC limited submission email listserv

 

Children's Cancer Research Fund - Emerging Scientist Award

The Children’s Cancer Research Fund is committed to finding safer, more effective therapies for kids battling cancer. The Emerging Scientist Award is a one-year grant for early-career investigators that provides $100,000 to support basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological research. Projects may include pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; and development of new research technology. Applications are due April 28, 2022. For more information, visit the foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Awards

Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Awards support innovative cancer research conducted by outstanding early career investigators. Awards support high-impact, high-risk projects that are distinct from the applicant’s current research portfolio. Grants are in the amount of $250,000 per year for three years, with a potential for two additional years of support. Letters of intent are due May 2, 2022. For more information, see the Mark Foundation website and contact Mairéad Hartmann in the UR Office of Foundation Relations.

 

Department of Defense - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

The Department of Defense has released Fiscal Year 2022 funding opportunities for congressionally directed cancer research programs. A variety of individual and collaborative funding opportunities are available for researchers across career stages. Due dates vary by program (roughly April 28 to May 4 for pre-applications or letters of intent). Follow the links below for program details and application instructions.

BREAST CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM (BCRP)

  • Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2
  • Breakthrough Award Level 3 
  • Breakthrough Award Level 4
  • Era of Hope Scholar Award
  • Innovator Award
  • Transformative Breast Cancer Consortium Award

 

LUNG CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM (LCRP)

  • Career Development Award
  • Concept Award
  • Clinical Translational Research Partnership Award
  • Idea Development Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award

 

OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM (OCRP)

  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Pilot Award
  • Proteogenomics Research Award
  • Ovarian Cancer Academy - Early Career Investigator Award

 

 

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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.

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