University of Vermont

The University of Vermont Cancer Center

VCC Pilot Project Awards

2017 Pilot Project Awards

The University of Vermont Cancer Center (UVMCC), through generous support from the Lake Champlain Cancer Research Organization (LCCRO), announces the availability of funding for 2017 Pilot Project Awards. These one-year grants are awarded for projects that pursue novel ideas in cancer research that are undertaken by multi-disciplinary partnerships consisting of at least two investigators. Areas of supported research include basic, clinical, epidemiological, behavioral, and psychosocial cancer-related investigations.

Investigator Eligibility

Applications are limited to individuals who are Full or Associate Members of UVMCC, who are eligible to apply for independent, peer reviewed research funding, and whose research activities align with the three established UVMCC Programs:

  • Cancer Control and Population Health Sciences (CCPHS)
  • Host Factors and Tumor Progression (HFTP)
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Malignancy (MMM)

Preference will be given to faculty seeking to develop new scholarly areas and to projects with significant impact on UVM Cancer Center Program development. Investigators who are delinquent with required progress reporting on any previous awards are ineligible for new funding.

Research Project Criteria

Proposed projects should not fall within the specific aims of a currently funded project of any of the collaborating investigators. Applications will be reviewed by UVMCC in consultation with the LCCRO Scientific Advisory Committee. Grants will be awarded on the basis of innovation, scientific merit, need, relevance to UVMCC programmatic initiatives and potential for future peer-reviewed funding. A major criterion will be the perceived probability that the research project will lead to the submission of a fundable research grant application to NCI, NIH or a similar major source of funds. Reviewers are instructed to look for:

  • INNOVATION, first and foremost
  • Investigator record of sustained productivity in cancer research and effectiveness of translational investigation
  • Projects that are likely to be funded when submitted in grant application form to peer reviewed,extramural funding agencies, on the basis of results secured from the research funded by the Pilot Project Award
  • Projects that are clearly cancer related research

Priority will be given to projects related to the thematic areas of:

  • Inflammation in cancers
  • Cancer prevention
  • Aging populations
  • Cancer Center Shared Resources

Funding and Award Period

The award will be for up to $65,000 for a one year, non-renewable period. The funds may be used at the discretion of the awardee except as noted below. The one-year award period will be 1/1/2017-12/31/2017.

Allowable Expenses:

  • Research/laboratory supplies
  • Shared Resource expenses
  • Technical or laboratory staffsalaries (including fringe benefits), stipends
  • Animal costs
  • Domestic travel directly related tothe aims of the project (up to $1,000)
  • Publication costs
  • Equipment (up to $2,500)

Non-Allowable Expenses:

  • Salaries for individuals occupyingtenured/tenure track positions
  • Tumor registries
  • Equipment maintenance and servicecontracts
  • Therapeutic Equipment
  • Secretarial/administrative salaries
  • Travel and honoraria
  • Textbooks/coursebooks andperiodicals, binding of periodicals and books
  • Membership dues
  • Rental of office or laboratory space
  • Recruiting and relocation expenses
  • Construction, renovation, ormaintenance of buildings/laboratories
  • Food costs associated with meetings orconferences held by investigative team

Deadlines and Important Dates

Pre-Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Confirmation of eligibility to apply will be sent by Monday, December 12, 2016

Full Application Deadline: Monday, October 10, 2016
Notification of award will be sent by Monday, December 12, 2016
Awards start January 1, 2017

Application Process

All interested investigators are required to submit a Pre-Application which includes a one-page concept summary as well as well as biographical sketches for all investigators. Upon administrative review, projects that are determined to meet the award criteria will be invited to submit a full application.

Click here to go to application and instructions

Please contact Ed North at or (802) 656-9450 with any questions.

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