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Funding Opportunities

Now Accepting Applications

Sylvester Tissue Bank Support Grants 2014

The UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Tissue Bank Core Facility (TBCF) supports translational cancer research by center members by banking tissues to be used for research by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC) members. The present new grant mechanism will permit the use of up to eighty samples or the equivalent of $20,000 worth of banked human tumor specimens for pilot research projects. This grant aims to allow PIs to obtain preliminary data to support subsequent extramural grant applications. It is our long term goal to increase the number of extramurally funded projects that use banked specimens.

All applicants must use TBCF services with standardized operating procedures for consenting, protection and privacy of patient data, specimen procurement and processing, quality control, secured specimen storage, retrieval, distribution and provision of relevant de-identified clinical data. To date the TBCF has procured over 2,000 banked tissue/blood samples from various cancers and our goal is to make these available for meritorious research.

Budget & Project Period: Up to ten awards will be funded per year. Each award will support procurement of up to approximately 80 tumor specimens or $20,000 of bio-specimens by the TBCF. Funds are only to be used for services provided by the TBCF (IDC is not allowed). Funds are to cover services provided by the TBCF only and will not cover PI salaries or lab personnel salaries. The grant period is for one year.
Eligibility: Only Cancer Center Faculty Members may apply. Studies may focus on any cancer related research.

Application Deadlines: August 1, 2014, December 1, 2014 & April 1, 2015

For application, guidelines and additional information please contact:
Nicole Ruiz
305-243-3029
nruiz4@med.miami.edu

Sylvester Clinical Trial Acceleration Grants 2014

The goal of this program is to support the development of highly innovative, programmatically important investigator initiated, cooperative group or industry sponsored therapeutic trials. While investigator initiated trials continue to be a high priority, and historically have been underfunded, other types of trials may also test concepts of high value to the programs of the Cancer Center and to the community of cancer patients. In order to rapidly accrue to our cancer clinical trials, funds will be provided to accelerate trials that are highly competitive. Proposals will be assessed twice a year.

Budget & Project Period: Each award will be for up to $100,000 and will only cover patient care costs and IRB fees. The grant period is for one year.
Eligibility: Only Cancer Center Faculty Members may apply. Trials may focus on any type of cancer. The trial must have received PRC approval to be considered.

Application Deadlines: June 18, 2014 and October 15, 2014

For application, guidelines and additional information please contact:
Nicole Ruiz
305-243-3029
nruiz4@med.miami.edu

Awardees

Sylvester/ Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity Pilot Grants

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce the most recent Sylvester/ Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity Pilot Grants awardees.

The goal of this funding mechanism is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about cancer disparities and enable collaboration that can lead to future research and intervention. These projects focus on identifying and/or reducing disparities in cancer outcomes and were evaluated primarily on potential for NCI R01 application. One of the major goals for this year was to promote collaboration between at least two cancer center members from different programs of research.

Congratulations to the 2014 awardees:

  • Suzanne Lechner, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for, “Translating a culturally-adapted cancer wellness program into interactive video intervention”
  • Margaret Byrne, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health for, “Participation in cancer clinical trials: Improving minority cancer patient informed decision making through use of a patient centered decision aid”
  • Emmanuel Thomas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor for Cell Biology for, “The role of cytomegalovirus in glioblastoma multiforme patients of various socioeconomic status”

Special thanks to all the applicants and reviewers that participated during the award process.

Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) Breast Cancer Developmental Grant Program 2014-2015

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce the most recent FAMRI Breast Cancer Developmental Grant awardees.

A major goal of the FAMRI Breast Cancer Developmental Grants Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is to encourage the development of new research directed toward basic, translational or clinical breast cancer research. The support of these pilot projects will allow the initiation of research that will evaluate high risk ideas, which nevertheless, have the potential for high yields in treatment, prevention, or basic biology of breast cancer.

Congratulations to the 2014 awardees:

  • Xin-Hai Pei MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Surgery for, “Genetic analysis of the role of GATA3 in breast tumorigenesis”
  • Nanette Bishopric MD, Professor of Internal Medicine for, “Mechanistic consequences of KAT3 loss in breast cancer”
  • Claes Wahlestedt, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for, “Identification of small molecule epigenetic modulators of CD24+ subpopulations in triple negative breast cancer cells”

Special thanks to all the applicants and reviewers that participated during the award process.

Sylvester Clinical Trial Acceleration Grants 2014

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce the most recent Clinical Trial Acceleration Grant Program awardee.

This award supports the development of highly innovative, programmatically important investigator initiated, cooperative group or industry sponsored therapeutic trials. Clinical trials funded by this grant test concepts of high value to the programs of the Cancer Center and to the community of cancer patients.

Congratulations to the 2014 Cycle 1 awardee:

  • Mathew Abramowitz MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology for, “A Randomized Phase III Study of Radiation Hypofractionation via Extended versus Accelerated Therapy (HEAT) For Prostate Cancer”

Special thanks to all the applicants and reviewers that participated during the award process.

Sylvester Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute’s Women’s Cancer League Developmental Grant Program

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce the most recent Braman Developmental Grant awardees.

These grants provide support to encourage the development of new research directed toward basic, translational and clinical research in breast and ovarian cancers. The support of these pilot projects will allow the initiation of research that will evaluate high risk ideas which have the potential for high yields in treatment, prevention or the understanding of the basic biology of breast cancer.

Congratulations to the 2013 awardees:

  • Barry Hudson, PhD Assistant Professor of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism for, “Role of RAGE Expression by Breast Cancer Cells on Tumor Growth, Metastasis and Host Response”
  • Marc Lippman, MD, MACP Proffesor of Medicine for, “Does Depression Affect Metastasis Outcomes in A Breast Cancer Model?”

Special thanks to all the applicants and reviewers that participated during the award process.

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG)

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce the most recent American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG) awardees.

These grants provide funds for meritorious cancer research that cannot be readily supported through other funding mechanisms. The primary purpose of the ACS IRG Pilot Projects Grant is to provide seed funds for the initiation of promising new projects or novel ideas by junior faculty members.

Congratulations to the 2013 awardees:

  • Daniel Sussman MD, MSPH Assistant Professor of Medicine for, “The Clinical Implications of Microsatellite Instability and Novel Molecular Markers among Racial and Ethnic Minorities with Colorectal Cancer”
  • Noula Shembade, PhD Assistant professor of Microbiology and Immunology for, “Essential Role of CADM1 in HTLV-I TAX-Mediated NF-κB Activation”
  • Xin-Hai Pei, MD, PhD Assitant Professor of Surgery for, “The Role of Brca1 in Suppressing Dedifferentiation in Breast Tumorigenesis”

Special thanks to all the applicants and reviewers that participated during the award process.

Funding Newsletter

The monthly Funding Newsletter compiles information on local and national awards/grants for doctors and researchers. Included are NIH notices, foundation and other sources, program announcements, and requests for applications.

Download the July 2014 Funding Newsletter

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