DF/HCC SPORE in Brain Cancer Scientific Project Award

January 17, 2017

 Tracy Batchelor, MD, MPH (MGH), Charles Stiles, PhD (DFCI)


AWARD AMOUNT: up to $180,000 (direct costs) per year for up to 5 years
APPLICATION DEADLINE: On or before Tuesday, January 31 17, 2017
ANTICIPATED AWARD DATES: Summer to Autumn of 2018


The Neuro-Oncology Program at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) is seeking scientific projects for potential incorporation into the competing renewal application of our National Cancer Institute (NCI)- sponsored Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant on glioma. Projects can be funded for a five-year period of time with a budget of ~$150,000 to $180,000 in direct costs per year. The proposed projects can be focused on either adult or pediatric gliomas.

Applicants must be faculty members at Harvard Medical School or Harvard School of Public Health at the level of Instructor or higher. While the proposed research may be basic or clinical, bench-to-bedside or bedside-to-bench strategies must be addressed in the application, as the ultimate purpose of the program is to promote translational research and clinical trials in gliomas. Responses to this request for applications will be judged on their scientific merit and relevance to the overall mission of the DF/HCC glioma SPORE.

Application deadline is January 31 17, 2017. The applications will be evaluated and prioritized by our SPORE Advisory Committee in February of 2017. Successful applicants will be invited to present their projects at the springtime meeting of our Advisory Committee scheduled for April 13, 2017. Top ranked proposals from the April meeting will be invited to contribute to the competing renewal application itself (due in September, 2017) for possible funding in summer to autumn of 2018.

An application consists of the following components, to be submitted as one PDF document:
1. Abstract (1 page maximum)
2. Research Plan (3 pages maximum excluding references): Specific Aims, Background and Relevance to Gliomas, Preliminary Data, Experimental Methods, Analysis Plan
3. NIH Biosketch of Principal Investigator and other Key Personnel
4. Budget and Budget Justification (1 page maximum)

Applications should be submitted by January 31 to Leah Hesse, Ph.D. (lhesse@mgh.harvard.edu; telephone 617-726-1012). Minority and women applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.