Yale Cancer Center carefully invests funds to launch new areas of cancer research. Current funding opportunities are listed below.

2019 Yale Cancer Center Internal Co-Pilot Grant Competition

Yale Cancer Center is pleased to announce the 2019 Internal Co-Pilot Grant competition. These grants will support innovative basic, clinical, computational, prevention/control, and translational cancer research. The primary review criteria will be scientific excellence, innovation, cancer relevance, and the likelihood of the project evolving into federally funded cancer research. Members of Yale Cancer Center or faculty who have applied for membership are eligible to apply. The anticipated start date is May 1, 2019.

► YCC Collaborative Pilot (Co-Pilot) Grant. Up to $100,000 will be awarded for a group of two or more members of Yale Cancer Center.   Each Co-PI must be in different domains (i.e. basic, population, translational, or clinical).

Eligibility: Members of YCC or faculty who have applied for membership are eligible to apply.  YCC Program Leaders may not apply for pilot funding. Grants cannot be used to supplement on-going studies or provide bridge funding. Applicants may submit only a single pilot research grant proposal for this competition.

To learn about YCC Membership, please visit https://medicine.yale.edu/cancer/research/people/ or contact Ashley.McCaherty@yale.edu

Requirements: If a grant is awarded, the P.I. must agree to abide by the YCC Grant Guidelines listed below.

Submission Requirements

  • Abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Research Proposal (4 page max. References can be attached on additional pages) Specific      Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Data, and Experimental Design and Methods of the project.  
  • Deliverables (brief paragraph) Describe how the results generated from pilot funding will be utilized to support a grant application, clinical trial, or other new initiatives.
  • Appendix (optional) An appendix, including up to two relevant reprints or manuscripts in press, published, or submitted; do not include manuscripts “in preparation.” However, any essential collaborations or availability of essential reagents must also be documented by letters of support and included in an appendix
  • Signed budget page (PHS Form 4 - please have business office sign the bottom - https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html)
  • Budget justification
  • NIH biosketch (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm)
  • Other support document (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/othersupport.htm)

Review Criteria and Process:  The primary review criteria will be scientific excellence, innovation, cancer relevance, and the likelihood of the project evolving into federally funded cancer research. Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Program Leaders and other YCC members with the relevant expertise.  

You are encouraged to discuss your pilot application with one of your Program Leaders before submission: (CI) Lieping Chen/Mario Sznol; (CPC) Melinda Irwin/Xiaomei Ma; (DT) Karen Anderson/Barbara Burtness; (GGE) Marcus Bosenberg/Lajos Pusztai; (RR) Joe Contessa/Joann Sweasy; (ST) Daniel Petrylak/David Stern/Mark Lemmon; (VOIC) Walther Mothes/Amy Justice.

Submission deadline is 11:59pm on March 3, 2019 

Grant application forms and guidelines may be obtained on Submittable (https://yalecancercenter.submittable.com/submit)

Members of YCC who are awarded pilot grants may be called upon to help review other types of internal grant opportunities administered by YCC.  Submission of your application indicates that you agree to participate in such activities.

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS GRANT DO NOT NEED TO BE SENT TO THE OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROJECTS

FY19 Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant Guidelines

In order to responsibly manage funds under the control of YCC, we have instituted the following guidelines regarding our grant programs. Acceptance of an award indicates agreement to abide by these guidelines. Failure to abide by these guidelines will jeopardize eligibility for future YCC grants (see item #2).

1. All publications resulting from research supported by this grant should contain an acknowledgement such as, “This research was supported in part by a Pilot Grant from Yale Cancer Center.”

2. Written progress reports are required and must be provided by the specified deadline(s). Grantees will be notified at least four weeks prior to the deadline. If a progress report is not received by the deadline, any unexpended funds on the delinquent grant and any other active YCC grant(s) will be returned to YCC, and the P.I. will not be eligible to apply for additional YCC support for one year after the progress report is eventually received.

3. After the submission of progress reports, any additional publications or grants resulting from the grant must be promptly reported to YCC.

4. For studies requiring IRB approval, it is expected that an IRB protocol will be submitted within one month of award notification. YCC must be notified when such protocols are submitted and approval is received.

5. It is expected that the funds will be expended in full during the one-year duration of the grant. Spending will be monitored by YCC and unspent funds may be reclaimed by YCC if spending lags significantly.

6. A single extension up to six months without additional funds will be considered by YCC on a case-by-case basis upon written request with justification from the P.I. All such requests must be received by Joann Sweasy no less than two weeks before the original end date of the grant; requests received after this time will not be considered. Requests for extension will be considered only after an interim progress report is submitted, per #2 above. Any other required YCC progress reports must be submitted prior to the beginning of the requested extension.

7. All grant recipients must respond promptly to requests for information about their grant from YCC scientific leadership and administrative staff.

8. Recipients may be asked to meet with supporters of YCC and describe their research, and are expected to make every attempt to accommodate these requests.

Allowable and Unallowable Expenses

TYPES of EXPENDITURES ALLOWED

· P.I.’s and Co-P.I.’s who are Associate Research Scientists, Research Scientists, or Senior Research Scientists can budget up to 20% of salary (and fringe) support to this grant

· Salary (and fringe) support can be requested for laboratory personnel such as postdoctoral fellows, students, and research technicians. There is no limit to the percentage of effort  that can be charged, but we encourage no more than 50% for any individual be requested

· Laboratory supplies and expenses, including animal costs

· User fees for YCCC Shared Resources and Core Facilities

· Equipment costing up to $2,500 (permission for items exceeding this amount must be obtained from YCCC, title to equipment purchased shall be vested in the Institution)

TYPES of EXPENDITURES *NOT* ALLOWED

· Salary support for the P.I. and any faculty co-investigators, with the exceptions noted above

· Secretarial/administrative personnel

· Office equipment and supplies; office and laboratory furniture

· Tuition or student registration fees

· Publication costs, including reprints

· Registration fees for scientific meetings; travel expenses

· Purchasing and binding of periodicals and books

· Dues and membership fees in scientific societies

· Pilot grants are awarded in direct costs, should F&A apply it will not affect overall funding

For scientific inquiries, please contact Joann.Sweasy@yale.edu

All other questions should be referred to Christine.Holmberg@yale.edu 

2019 American Cancer Society IRG Pilot Awards

Amount: $30,000

Due Date: March 1, 2019 @ 11:59PM

DESCRIPTION & ELIGIBILITY: 

1. The purpose of this grant is to provide seed money (up to $30,000 for one year) for the initiation of promising new projects or novel ideas by new Yale Assistant Professors so that they can obtain preliminary results to enable them to compete successfully for national cancer research grants. Investigators who have obtained a competitive national research grant are not eligible for support through this mechanism, unless such a grant is primarily for faculty salary. Recipients of previous ACS-IRG Awards, recipients of research grants obtained from National Foundations, recipients of research funds from the tobacco industry, and established investigators are also ineligible.

YCC members and non-members are encouraged to apply. Applications in all areas of cancer research are encouraged: basic, translational, clinical, population and control. Each applicant can submit only a single proposal for this competition in any year. Applications will be ranked based on scientific excellence, innovation, cancer relevance, and likelihood to develop into nationally-funded cancer research. All funds must be expended in one year, and the scope of the proposal must reflect this. Because of the short duration and the size of these awards, they are not intended to support clinical trials or long-term clinical studies. However, they can be used to support analysis of data or material acquired in ongoing or completed clinical studies.  

2.  Applicants must be, at the time of the application, citizens or non-citizen nationals of the U.S. or its possessions and territories, or must have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence at the time of application. Permanent residents must submit, with the application, notarized evidence indicating that the candidate is in possession of an Alien Registration Receipt Card or has been approved for the issuance of such card as evidenced by an official passport stamp of the U.S. Immigration Service and that the form number of the card is I-551.

3.  Proposals in all areas of research into the biology, epidemiology, prevention, and/or treatment of cancer will be considered. The relevance of the project to the cancer problem must be explicitly described in the proposal.

 4.  A budget page must be submitted with the application, with justification for each category requested. The Business Manager from your department must sign the bottom of the budget page to confirm that s/he is aware of your application. Award term is April 15, 2019 - April 14, 2020. Budget form can be downloaded from this link: http://www.yalecancercenter.org/research/2019-acs.aspx 

5.  Awards are limited in size and are not designed to provide full-time technical help. Occasional technical support (for items such as the preparation of pathological specimens, photographic expertise, setting up extensive experiments, etc.) may be needed, and in such instances limited technical support may be awarded. Support of a full-time technician for a brief period of time is usually unrewarding in terms of accomplishment and frequently represents subsidization of ongoing programs, and is therefore not allowed.

6.  Patents. Grants are made with the understanding that patents will not be applied for in connection with any discovery made under grants awarded by the American Cancer Society without the prior written consent of the Society. More information on the ACS patent policy may be obtained from the YCC Office, WWW205.

7.  Ownership of Equipment. Title to equipment purchased under an American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant shall be vested in YCC.

8.  All proposals using vertebrate animals or human subjects must be reviewed by the YACUC or HIC, respectively, before the proposal will be funded.

9.  Publications resulting from research supported by the ACS must contain an acknowledgment, such as “Supported by Grant #IRG 17-172-57 from the American Cancer Society.”

10. Progress reports are required. Successful candidates will be informed when reports are due, and award recipients must provide the requested information in a timely fashion.

11.  Subsequent to the end date of the award or upon request, YCC must be informed of papers and/or grants resulting from this ACS-IRG award.

Expenditures Allowed

  • Research supplies and animal purchase and maintenance
  • Limited technical assistance
  • Domestic travel when necessary to carry out the proposed research program
  • Publication costs, including reprints
  • Costs of computer time
  • Special fees (pathology, photography, flow cytometry, sequencing, etc.)
  • Stipends for graduate students and postdoctoral assistants if their role is to promote and sustain the project presented by the junior faculty member
  • Equipment costing less than $2,000 (special justification is necessary for items exceeding this amount)
  • Registration fees at scientific meetings

 Expenditures Not Allowed

  • Salary of pilot project principal investigator
  • Secretarial/administrative salaries
  • Tuition
  • Foreign travel (special consideration given for attendance at scientific meetings held in Canada)
  • Honoraria and travel expenses for visiting lecturers
  • Books and periodicals
  • Membership dues
  • Office and laboratory furniture
  • Office equipment and supplies
  • Rental of office or laboratory space
  • Recruiting and relocation expenses
  • Non-medical services to patients
  • Per-diem charges for hospital beds
  • Construction, renovation, or maintenance of buildings/laboratories

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

1.  Budget page signed by department Business Manager. This application does not need to be submitted to the office of Grants & Contracts. Use non-federal fringe rates. It is expected that the funds will be expended in full during the one-year duration of the grant.  Spending will be monitored by YCC and unspent funds may be reclaimed by YCC if spending lags significantly. ACS-IRG grants cannot be extended. Budget form can be downloaded from this link: http://www.yalecancercenter.org/research/2019-acs.aspx 

2.  New NIH five-page biosketch:  OMB No. 0925-0001 and 0925-0002 (Rev. 09/17 Approved Through 03/31/2020). https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm

3.  Complete listing of all other support, active and pending. Include all local and institutional sources and grants. Use NIH format. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/othersupport.htm

4.  YACUC and/or IRB protocol number(s), approval date, and title (if applicable). For studies requiring IRB approval, it is expected that an IRB protocol will be submitted within one month of award notification. YCC must be notified when such protocols are submitted and approval is received.

5.  Abstract of proposed research (400 word maximum). Do not include figures or references here.

6.  Research Proposal.  Description of project: three pages, maximum, including figures; single-spaced; Arial, Helvetica, or TNR 11 pt font or larger; margins at least 0.5 inch all around; your name must appear on every page. Abstract and references do not count toward page limit. There is no form page for this section.

7.  Letter of support signed by department chairman or section head. This letter should provide information regarding your departmental mentoring program, including the name (s) of your formal mentor and a description of mentoring activities.  Letter(s) of support should also be provided by any essential collaborator(s).

8.  Letter of support from your cancer research mentor.  This letter must indicate that the mentor has read the proposal and provided advice to the applicant during the development of the proposal. It must also indicate that your cancer research mentor will meet with you on a quarterly basis to discuss progress and future plans.  Please contact Dr. Joann Sweasy (joann.sweasy@yale.edu) if you need help with the identification of a cancer research mentor.

9. Provide up to two different reprints or manuscripts relevant to the current proposal may be submitted as part of the PDF. Hard copies of reprints are not needed.

 

 V FOUNDATION 2019 Scholar Cancer Research Grant

 

PURPOSE: 

The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from laboratory-based fundamental research through bench to bedside research. The total amount of the grant is $200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000. Only direct costs of the research are supported by this award. 


SPECIAL FOCUS AREA: 

ANY area of adult cancer research. This call for applications is specifically for adult cancer research. 

 

WHO MAY APPLY? 

  • Yale may submit one nominee to apply for this call. 
  • As in 2018, we continue to raise funds to support the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. While not required, we also encourage applications from early investigators from a minority ethnic group who is underrepresented in science to be supported by this Fund. For the purposes of this application: African American, Hispanic American (non-European) or Native American and/or an Alaskan Native would be included in minority groups eligible for Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer research funding. Among our highly ranked finalists for the 2019 V Scholar Award, we will designate at least one of the highest ranked applications from a minority applicant as the recipient of a 2019 Stuart Scott Memorial Fund V Scholar Award. 


DEADLINES:

Internal Deadline:  Wednesday, March 18, 2018 (11:59pm EST) Appy via Submittable.

Nomination Deadline:  April 2, 2019 (5pm EST)

Full Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 6, 2018 (5pm EST) 

 

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: 

Inclusion: Nominees must be all of the following: 

  • Nominated by their Cancer Center Director 
  • Either a US Citizen or a permanent legal resident in the US. Not applicable to Canadian institutions. 
  • Possess at least 2 years post-doctoral (MD or PhD) fellowship training. For MDs, a minimum of one year is acceptable if only one year is required for their specialty. 
  • Clinical scientists are eligible if the research institution can demonstrate that it will fully support the research applicant (e.g., dedicated lab space, committed research time, start-up funds). 
  • By the Due Date of the Application, applicants must: 1) Hold a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at their cancer research institution. Non-promotable, adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible. 2) Have been appointed to their first full-time Assistant Professor position within the last 5 years, and not yet been promoted to Associate Professor. 

Exclusion:

By the due date of the application, nominees must: 

  • NOT already hold an RO1 or RO1-equivalent grants as a PI or co-leader. 
  • NOT be a co-leader on projects such as SPORE or NIH grant mechanisms like U01, DP1, DP2, R37, and R23. 

Note: The V Scholar award is intended to support research to leverage these larger awards; so, the nominee should not have already received such awards. 


INTERNAL COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS.

  1. A brief description of your proposed research project (two-page maximum).  Applications should be 11-pt Arial, Helvetica, or TNR font; margins no less than 0.5 inch all around. Literature citations do not count against this page limit.
  2. NIH Biosketch
  3. List all sources of applicant’s active or pending support if any; if none, so state.  List the P.I., agency, titles, total funds, effort, and term of awards

Further information may be obtained from Joann Sweasy (joann.sweasy@yale.edu) or Christine Holmberg (christine.holmberg@yale.edu).

2019 YALE CANCER CENTER INTERNAL PILOT GRANTS COMPETITION

Award Amounts:  Up to $50,000 for a specific project headed by a member of Yale Cancer Center.  

Purpose:  These grants will support innovative basic, clinical, computational, population and epidemiology, prevention/control, and translational cancer research. We welcome all potential areas of cancer research.

Eligibility: Members of YCC or faculty who have applied for membership are eligible to apply.  YCC Program Leaders may not apply for pilot funding. Grants cannot be used to supplement on-going studies or provide bridge funding. Applicants may submit only a single pilot research grant proposal for this competition.

To learn about YCC Membership, please visit https://medicine.yale.edu/cancer/research/people/ or contact Ashley.McCaherty@yale.edu

Requirements: If a grant is awarded, the P.I. must agree to abide by the YCC Grant Guidelines listed below.

Submission Requirements

  • Abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Research Proposal (4 page max. References can be attached on additional pages) Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Data, and Experimental Design and Methods of the project.  
  • Deliverables (brief paragraph) Describe how the results generated from pilot funding will be utilized to support a grant application, clinical trial, or other new initiatives.
  • Appendix (optional) An appendix, including up to two relevant reprints or manuscripts in press, published, or submitted; do not include manuscripts “in preparation.” However, any essential collaborations or availability of essential reagents must also be documented by letters of support and included in an appendix
  • Signed budget page (PHS Form 4 - please have business office sign the bottom - https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html)
  • Budget justification
  • NIH biosketch (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm)
  • Other support document (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/othersupport.htm)

Review Criteria and Process:  The primary review criteria will be scientific excellence, innovation, cancer relevance, and the likelihood of the project evolving into federally funded cancer research. Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Program Leaders and other YCC members with the relevant expertise.  

You are encouraged to discuss your pilot application with one of your Program Leaders before submission: (CI) Lieping Chen/Mario Sznol; (CPC) Melinda Irwin/Xiaomei Ma; (DT) Karen Anderson/Barbara Burtness; (GGE) Marcus Bosenberg/Lajos Pusztai; (RR) Joe Contessa/Joann Sweasy; (ST) Daniel Petrylak/David Stern/Mark Lemmon; (VOIC) Walther Mothes/Amy Justice.

Submission deadline is 11:59pm on March 3, 2019 

Grant application forms and guidelines may be obtained on Submittable (https://yalecancercenter.submittable.com/submit)


Members of YCC who are awarded pilot grants may be called upon to help review other types of internal grant opportunities administered by YCC.  Submission of your application indicates that you agree to participate in such activities.


APPLICATIONS FOR THIS GRANT DO NOT NEED TO BE SENT TO THE OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROJECTS

FY19 Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant Guidelines

In order to responsibly manage funds under the control of YCC, we have instituted the following guidelines regarding our grant programs. Acceptance of an award indicates agreement to abide by these guidelines. Failure to abide by these guidelines will jeopardize eligibility for future YCC grants (see item #2).

1. All publications resulting from research supported by this grant should contain an acknowledgement such as, “This research was supported in part by a Pilot Grant from Yale Cancer Center.”

2. Written progress reports are required and must be provided by the specified deadline(s). Grantees will be notified at least four weeks prior to the deadline. If a progress report is not received by the deadline, any unexpended funds on the delinquent grant and any other active YCC grant(s) will be returned to YCC, and the P.I. will not be eligible to apply for additional YCC support for one year after the progress report is eventually received.

3. After the submission of progress reports, any additional publications or grants resulting from the grant must be promptly reported to YCC.

4. For studies requiring IRB approval, it is expected that an IRB protocol will be submitted within one month of award notification. YCC must be notified when such protocols are submitted and approval is received.

5. It is expected that the funds will be expended in full during the one-year duration of the grant. Spending will be monitored by YCC and unspent funds may be reclaimed by YCC if spending lags significantly.

6. A single extension up to six months without additional funds will be considered by YCC on a case-by-case basis upon written request with justification from the P.I. All such requests must be received by Joann Sweasy no less than two weeks before the original end date of the grant; requests received after this time will not be considered. Requests for extension will be considered only after an interim progress report is submitted, per #2 above. Any other required YCC progress reports must be submitted prior to the beginning of the requested extension.

7. All grant recipients must respond promptly to requests for information about their grant from YCC scientific leadership and administrative staff.

8. Recipients may be asked to meet with supporters of YCC and describe their research, and are expected to make every attempt to accommodate these requests.

  

Allowable and Unallowable Expenses

TYPES of EXPENDITURES ALLOWED

· P.I.’s and Co-P.I.’s who are Associate Research Scientists, Research Scientists, or Senior Research Scientists can budget up to 20% of salary (and fringe) support to this grant

· Salary (and fringe) support can be requested for laboratory personnel such as postdoctoral fellows, students, and research technicians. There is no limit to the percentage of effort  that can be charged, but we encourage no more than 50% for any individual be requested

· Laboratory supplies and expenses, including animal costs

· User fees for YCCC Shared Resources and Core Facilities

· Equipment costing up to $2,500 (permission for items exceeding this amount must be obtained from YCCC, title to equipment purchased shall be vested in the Institution)

TYPES of EXPENDITURES *NOT* ALLOWED

· Salary support for the P.I. and any faculty co-investigators, with the exceptions noted above

· Secretarial/administrative personnel

· Office equipment and supplies; office and laboratory furniture

· Tuition or student registration fees

· Publication costs, including reprints

· Registration fees for scientific meetings; travel expenses

· Purchasing and binding of periodicals and books

· Dues and membership fees in scientific societies

· Pilot grants are awarded in direct costs, should F&A apply it will not affect overall funding

For scientific inquiries, please contact Joann.Sweasy@yale.edu

All other questions should be referred to Christine.Holmberg@yale.edu