Ends on March 3, 2019


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.


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


· 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)


· 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