Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE)
An NCI funded program
Eligibility: Harvard (including Broad Institute) faculty members at a level of Instructor or Assistant Professor. Clinical, population or lab-based researchers are all eligible. Underserved minority investigators are strongly encouraged to apply.
Purpose: To develop the careers of young investigators committed to breast cancer.
Focus: Translational research in breast cancer. Projects focused on immune-based therapies and immunology as it relates to Breast Cancer (risk, prevention, pathogenesis, prognosis and treatment) are particularly encouraged, but others should apply.
Awards: Two 18 month long awards of approximately $50,000 direct costs will be awarded.
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2016
Start Date: April 1, 2016
Selection Criteria: a review committee will make the award based on these criteria:
- Potential of the applicant to succeed in an independent career in breast cancer research
- Training experiences and academic record of the applicant Funds for this award
- Quality and commitment of the mentor and mentorship committee
- Translational scientific merit of research proposal
- Enthusiasm of the applicant to participate in the Breast SPORE
- Interest on the part of the applicant to use SPORE resources
- Programmatic needs of the SPORE
Application Materials: e-mail the following materials in a single PDF file to email@example.com
- Nominating letter from a senior faculty member who will serve as the applicant’s primary mentor. The letter should outline the research and career plan for the candidate.
- Letter of institutional support from the applicant’s department chair or division chief providing evidence of institutional support and a guarantee of protected time, research space, and office space.
- Harvard-format CV
- Budget categorizing expenditures for each year of funding. FOR INSTITUTIONS OTHER THAN DFCI, SIGN OFF ON THE BUDGET FROM YOUR INSTITUTION IS REQUIRED.
- Proposal concept describing the applicant’s interest in a career in breast cancer research, the benefits of becoming involved in the SPORE, and how the proposed project fits in the context of the candidate’s career development.
- -Submissions should be a maximum of four-pages not including an abstract and references
- -Proposals should follow a standard format that includes specific aims, background, preliminary studies, and approach (note: preliminary data is not required but a record of earlier accomplishments is preferred).
- -A mentoring section including the establishment of a mentoring committee is required.
- -Applicants may meet with a SPORE biostatistician for a consultation if desired.
NO SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION WILL BE ACCEPTED. ADHERENCE TO THE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS IS MANDATORY FOR INCLUSION IN THE REVIEW.
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org