Skip to main content
Explore URMC
Wilmot Cancer Institute / Research / Funding Opportunities


Funding Opportunities

Wilmot Cancer Institute and the University of Rochester Medical Center provide a variety of intramural funding mechanisms to support cancer researchers, as well as resources for extramural funding.

Intramural Funding

Wilmot Cancer Institute Pilot Grants

Wilmot offers pilot grants to support basic, translational or clinical cancer research projects. The goal of these awards is to support the development of new collaborative research projects to reach competitiveness for federal funding. Awards are based on scientific merit and innovation.

To learn more, contact Pam Iadarola, Research Administrator, at or (585) 275-1537.

Wilmot Postdoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship

The Wilmot Postdoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship is a post-doctoral fellowship that supports mentored research training for physicians with M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees who have completed their residency training and intend to pursue an academic career in clinical, translational or basic cancer research. The fellowship was developed by the late local businessman and philanthropist James P. Wilmot through a foundation named in his memory. The program’s goal is to provide research training that will prepare physicians to undertake and maintain their own independent careers in cancer research and training.

To learn more, contact Pam Iadarola, Research Administrator, at or (585) 275-1537.

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.

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.