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Small Grant Program to Support Events, Conferences, and Meetings

DF/HCC Small Grant Program

DF/HCC Request for Proposals: New Grant Program to Support Seminars, Conferences, Symposia, Meetings, or Retreats that Foster New Interactions and Research Collaborations within DF/HCC

A primary goal of DF/HCC is to encourage new interactions and collaborations among members and to stimulate the pursuit of new research areas among established collaborators. Reflecting this commitment, DF/HCC has established a small grant program to fund interdisciplinary seminars, meetings, conferences, symposia, or retreats designed to realize this goal. Examples include a one-day retreat on a new area of research interest that includes members from several Research Programs or meetings to plan a new SPORE or PO1.

Application Information
Amount of award/total funds available: Each award is for a maximum of $5,000.
Deadline for submission: This is a rolling program. Allow three weeks for response.
Who can apply: Applications will be accepted from any individual or group of DF/HCC members.

Review Criteria: Selected applications will be determined to have the greatest potential for fostering collaborations amongst DF/HCC members and enhancing DF/HCC research. Preference will be given to grants that meet one or more of the following areas of priority for DF/HCC:

  1. Multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, and/or interprogrammatic focus
  2. Translational research emphasis
  3. Cancer disparities/minorities theme
  4. Helps promote careers of junior investigators


Funding will therefore be awarded on the basis of the following review criteria (with this order of importance):

  1. COLLABORATIVE NATURE. Gatherings that encourage collaboration and interaction between DF/HCC members.
  2. SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE and MERIT.  Seminars, meetings, conferences, symposia, or retreats that focus on moving forward exciting existing or new DF/HCC cancer research initiatives.
  3. TRANSLATION.  Projects that have the opportunity to stimulate direct application to cancer treatment or prevention are encouraged.
  4. INTER-INSTITUTIONAL LINKAGES.  Proposals that stimulate inter-institutional research will be favored in decisions between equally ranked applications.


Review mechanism: Proposals will be reviewed by a dedicated small grants committee.  

Proposal requirements: Proposals should be no more than 1-2 pages in length. Follow submission requirements below.

Use of funds: Awards may be used for such costs as: honoraria, food and beverages, audiovisuals, and agenda materials.

Process:  At the discretion of the awardee, the DF/HCC can either pay the invoice directly or provide reimbursement for receipts submitted to Central Administration.

Award Requirements:

  1. The applicant for this award must be a DF/HCC member.
  2. Proposals must be carried out within one year from the date of the award notice.  There is no carry forward.  Any unused balance will remain in the fund.
  3. A final report, which includes the agenda, a list of the participants and attendees, and use of funds, will be due 90 days after the event.  Should the awardee leave the seven institutions of the DF/HCC, the remainder of the award will be forfeited (i.e. may not be transferred to a non-DF/HCC institution).

Required items for application:

Electronic submission is mandatory and includes a proposal of no more than two pages that includes the following information: 

  1. Background/need
  2. Goals
  3. Proposed activity (include agenda, speakers, target audience, anticipated number of participants, location)
  4. A final report, which includes the agenda, a list of the participants and attendees, and use of funds, will be due 90 days after the event.  Should the awardee leave the seven institutions of the DF/HCC, the remainder of the award will be forfeited (i.e. may not be transferred to a non-DF/HCC institution). 
  5. Budget/anticipated use of funds 
  6. Impact: how will use of funds meet DF/HCC small grant program goals
  7. Proposed date/schedule 
  8. Statement of agreement to submit report on usage of funds no more than 90 days after completion of program/project 

No appendix material will be accepted. 

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Sarah Weiler.