RFA: DF/HCC Brain Cancer SPORE Developmental Research Program Awards

February 01, 2016

Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Brain Cancer

Award amount: 2 Awards, $50,000 total direct ($25,000 direct from grant and $25,000 direct from department) each
Deadline for submission: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Anticipated Award Date: August 1, 2016 

The Neuro-Oncology Program at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) is seeking applications for Developmental Research Program (DRP) projects focused on adult or pediatric gliomas.  Funding will be provided through the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) mechanism for two awards.  Applicants must be faculty members of Harvard Medical School or the 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 in gliomas.  Applications will be judged on 1) their scientific merit, 2) relevance to the overall mission of the DF/HCC Neuro-Oncology program 3) their potential for upgrade to full project status in the DF/HCC glioma SPORE Program and 4) the agreement of the applicant’s departmental chair to provide matching funds in the amount of $25,000 direct (+ institutional/nonfederal indirects), to be included in the application as a letter from the chair.

Application deadline is May 1, 2016.  Awardees will be notified by June 1, 2016.  Funding will start on August 1, 2016 and will be provided at $50,000 total direct ($25,000 direct from grant and $25,000 direct from department) to be spent by July 31, 2017. Funds can be used for salary and/or support of research at Harvard Medical School or Harvard-affiliated hospitals and institutions.

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)
5. Letter from applicant’s department chair agreeing to provide matching funds in the amount of $25,000 direct (+ institutional/nonfederal indirects) to be included, if awarded.

Applications should be submitted by May 1, 2016 to Leah Hesse (lhesse@mgh.harvard.edu; telephone 617-726-1012).  Minority and women applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.