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Funding Opportunities

Now Accepting Applications

Sylvester/Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity Pilot Grants

The Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce one year pilot projects in the amount of up to $75,000 each. These projects should focus on identifying and/or reducing disparities in cancer outcomes. 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 applications will be evaluated primarily on potential for NCI R01 application. We encourage applications from persons with expertise in clinical oncology research, basic molecular mechanistic approaches, translational science, population genetics, epidemiology, bio-behavioral oncology, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). One of the major goals for this year is to promote collaboration between at least two cancer center members from different programs of research.

Budget & Project Period: Each award will be up to $75,000 for a one year period from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016.
Eligibility: Only Cancer Center Members may apply. Must collaborate with at least one investigator from a different research program. Applications from Junior or Senior Faculty will be considered. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible.

Application Deadline: July 17, 2015

For application, guidelines and additional information please contact:
Ashley Marie Cervera
305-243-4108
amcervera@med.miami.edu

Florida Cancer Centers Collaborative Cancer Related Seed Grants

On behalf of the Florida Academic Cancer Center Alliance, we are excited to announce our first Funding Opportunity Announcement for new collaborative projects involving the Moffitt Cancer Center, UF Health Cancer Center at the University of Florida, and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. This opportunity is designed to further build collaboration amongst the three Centers, each of which is providing funding for the awards.

Each proposal requires strong, meaningful collaboration by investigators from at least two of the three Centers. These are significant pilot awards, and each institution’s component of the project may be up to $50,000, which excludes support for PI or Co-PI salary. Thus, a proposal with two Centers would total up to $100,000; or with three Centers, $150,000. Projects will be reviewed on the strength of their scientific merit, innovation, measureable deliverables/milestones, potential to obtain extramural funding, strength of collaboration and feasibility within the funding period.

We have assembled a listing of expertise at each of the three Centers to help investigators in selecting collaborators.

Budget & Project Period: Each award will be up to $150,000 for a one year period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
Eligibility: Only Cancer Center Members may apply. Must collaborate with at least one investigator at one of the other participating institutions.

Application Deadline: A non-binding letter of intent is requested by April 24, 2015, with the full application due on May 22, 2015.

For application, guidelines and additional information please contact:
Ashley Marie Cervera
305-243-4108
amcervera@med.miami.edu

Administrator:
Michelle Lin
305-243-5459

2015 American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Projects

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Pilot Projects Grant provides funds for meritorious cancer research that cannot be readily supported through other funding mechanisms. The primary purpose of the ACS IRG is to provide seed funds for the initiation of promising new projects or novel ideas by junior faculty members that do not have external grant support.

Budget & Project Period: Each award will be for $45,000 for a one year period from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.
Eligibility: Applicants should have less than six years of experience in an independent research position or faculty appointment and must not currently hold any peer-reviewed funding. Senior faculty and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

For application, guidelines and additional information please contact:
Ashley Marie Cervera
305-243-4108
amcervera@med.miami.edu

Sylvester Developmental Cancer Research Grant

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is accepting applications for the Developmental Cancer Research Grant. The goal of this program is to encourage the development of new research directed toward basic, translational or clinical discoveries in cancer. The funding of these pilot projects will promote the initiation of research that will yield novel insights into the pathogenesis and/or treatment of cancer, or lead to novel clinical trials. The proposed research could support novel ways of assessing prognosis nor response to theory. This funding should lead to applications for external peer reviewed research funding. In addition, each project must include collaboration between two or more cancer center members.

Budget & Project Period: Each award will be for up to $100,000 per year for two years.
Eligibility: Applications from junior or senior faculty will be considered. Only Cancer Center Members may apply.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

For application, guidelines and additional information please contact:
Ashley Marie Cervera
305-243-4108
amcervera@med.miami.edu

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Bridge Funding Program 2015

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce the support of bridge funding grants. These awards are intended to assist faculty in maintaining their research program in the event of a funding lapse during the process of applying for additional extramural funding.

Types of Funding Requests:

  • Grant Extensions: The Cancer Center will accept requests from investigators needing additional time to complete a project for a competitive renewal application. Awards are for one year and provide up to $50,000 in direct research costs.
  • Bridge Awards: The Cancer Center will accept requests from investigators needing bridge funds to be able to maintain their research team while they resubmit a competitive grant application. Awards are one year grants and provide up to $100,000 in direct research costs.

Eligibility:
  • Only Cancer Center members are eligible.
  • Applicants must have held extramural funding for the proposed project, within the past 16 months.
  • Applicants must have applied or be in the process of applying for continued extramural funding for the proposed studies.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

For application, guidelines and additional information please contact:
Ashley Marie Cervera
305-243-4108
amcervera@med.miami.edu

Sylvester Multidisciplinary Research Programs Developmental Program Project Grants 2015

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (Sylvester) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support the development of Program Project grant applications within and between the Multidisciplinary Research Programs. The intent of this initiative is to support groups of investigators working as a part of multidisciplinary research teams that plan on SUBMITTING a Program Project Grant Application to the NCI within 1-2 years after the developmental funds are awarded.

The NCI Program Project award mechanism is intended solely for the support of integrated, multi-project research programs involving a number of independent, NIH-funded investigators who share knowledge and common resources. The program must have a well-defined, central research focus involving several disciplines or several aspects of one discipline. The individual projects should be interrelated to synergistically enhance research progress.

Budget & Project Period: Each award will be for up to $200,000 per year for two years.
Eligibility: Letter of Intent must be submitted by Program Leader(s) on behalf of the P01 team interested in applying. Only Cancer Center Members may apply. Each application must consist of a minimum of three scientifically meritorious projects.

Deadline Extension

Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

For application, guidelines and additional information please contact:
Ashley Marie Cervera
305-243-4108
amcervera@med.miami.edu

Sylvester Clinical Trial Acceleration Grants 2015

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 three times a year.

Budget & Project Period: Each award will be for up to $100,000 and will cover clinical trial costs such as patient care fees, correlative/translational study fees, advertising/marketing fees, etc. The grant period is for one year.
Eligibility: Only Cancer Center faculty members may apply. The protocol must be a therapeutic trial, but may focus on any type of cancer/s. PRC approval is required for any consideration.

Application Deadlines: February 17, 2015, June 25, 2015 & November 2, 2015

For application, guidelines and additional information please contact:
Ashley Marie Cervera
305-243-4108
amcervera@med.miami.edu

Sylvester Tissue Bank Support Grants 2015

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: 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.

Deadline Extension

Application Deadline: May 30, 2015

For application, guidelines and additional information please contact:
Ashley Marie Cervera
305-243-4108
amcervera@med.miami.edu

Awardees

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 allows the PI to obtain preliminary data to support subsequent extramural grant applications. The long term goal of this grant is to increase the number of extramurally funded projects that use banked specimens.

Congratulations to the 2014 Cycle 1 awardees:

  • Ricardo Komotar M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology for, “The Role of Cytomegalovirus in Glioblastoma Multiforme”
  • Joyce Slingerland M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine for, “ Effects of Adipocyte Contact on Human Breast Cancer Stem Cell Self-Renewal”
  • Fangliang Zhang Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cell Pharmacology for, “Arginyltransferase1 as a Potential Marker for Prostate Cancer Metastasis”
  • Marc Lippman M.D., Professor of Medicine for, “ A Novel Tumor-associated Stromal Signature Involved in Pathogenesis and Biology of Breast Carcinoma Predicts Clinical Outcome”
  • Stephen Lee Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology for, “The DNMT3a Epigenetic Program: The Guardian of Kidney Cancer?”

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

Sylvester Clinical Trial Acceleration Grants 2014

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 3 awardees:

  • Jaime Merchan M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine for, “Phase I Trial of Intratumoral Administration of VSV-h-IFNB in Patients with Locally Recurrent/Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck”
  • Paolo Serafini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology for, “PDE5 Inhibition to Enhance Anti-Tumor Vaccine Efficacy in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma”

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

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Projects 2014

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Pilot Projects Grant provides funds for meritorious cancer research that cannot be readily supported through other funding mechanisms. The primary purpose of the ACS IRG is to provide seed funds for the initiation of promising new projects or novel ideas by junior faculty members that do not have external grant support.

Congratulations to the 2014 awardees:

  • Xiaoyu Jiang Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Medicine for, “HGAL Function in B cell and B cell Lymphoma”
  • Lan Wang Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for, “Targeting Self-renewal in Acute Myeloid Leukemia”
  • Fan Liu, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for, “PRMT5 Directed Epigenetic Targeting of Cancer”

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

Sylvester Developmental Cancer Research Grants

The goal of this program is to encourage the development of new research directed toward basic, translational or clinical discoveries in cancer. The funding of these pilot projects will promote the initiation of research that will yield novel insights into the pathogenesis and/or treatment of cancer, or lead to novel clinical trials. The proposed research could support novel ways of assessing prognosis or response to theory. One of the major goals for this year was to promote collaboration between at least two cancer center members.

Congratulations to the 2014 awardees:

  • Izidore Lossos, M.D., Professor of Medicine for, “The Role of LMO2 in Double Strand DNA Repair and Lymphoma Pathogenesis”
  • Xiang-Xi (Mike) Xu, Ph.D., Professor of Cell Biology for, “Activation of Transposable Elements and Genomic Instability in Ovarian Cancer”
  • Fangliang Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology for, “Arginylation, A Novel Post-Translational Modification , in Prostate Cancer Progression”

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

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, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for, “Translating a culturally-adapted cancer wellness program into interactive video intervention”
  • Margaret Byrne, Ph.D., 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, M.D., Ph.D., 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, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Surgery for, “Genetic analysis of the role of GATA3 in breast tumorigenesis”
  • Nanette Bishopric M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine for, “Mechanistic consequences of KAT3 loss in breast cancer”
  • Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., 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 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, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism for, “Role of RAGE Expression by Breast Cancer Cells on Tumor Growth, Metastasis and Host Response”
  • Marc Lippman, M.D., 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.

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 August 2015 Funding Newsletter

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