Nodal Point Pilot Projects Award Program
DF/HCC places special emphasis on collaborations between members in disease- and discipline-based Programs with the belief that such projects can expedite the translation of results from basic and population sciences into clinical research. This type of interdisciplinary collaboration is called a Nodal Point within DF/HCC. The Nodal Point Pilot Projects Award Program is directly aimed at facilitating new Nodal Points, or enriching existing ones. Inter-institutional collaborations and collaborative proposals focused on eliminating cancer disparities in Massachusetts are of particular interest. Proposals are solicited bi-annually and evaluated by peer review. Funds are awarded based upon scientific merit, novelty, direct translational applicability, and the ability to create or enhance inter-institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration.