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DF/HCC's Faculty Diversity Funding Program


DF/HCC's Faculty Diversity Funding Program

Pilot Projects Program for Current URM Faculty
This mechanism is designed to invest in highly productive and promising faculty who would benefit from support that will enable them to secure peer-reviewed funding and thus establish their independence. Funds for the pilot project program come from DF/HCC’s NCI-funded Cancer Core Support Grant (CCSG). Eligible DF/HCC faculty may apply for a CCSG-funded pilot project of up to $75K for one year. The proposed pilot project must: (1) be in an area of cancer research that is a priority to the DF/HCC; (2) have achievable scientific goals that will provide the pilot data needed for extramural funding; and (3) have a high likelihood of leading to peer reviewed funding. To apply, submit a 3-5 page research proposal describing the pilot project, the rationale for funding, and identifying the mentoring plan, a detailed budget, and CV. A letter of support from the primary mentor must also be submitted. Applications will be taken on a rolling basis. When funds are depleted, we will work with applicants to submit their work to the general DF/HCC development funds competition. Recipients will be expected to provide annual reports on their research progress and note the source of funding in the publications.

To be eligible for either mechanism, the submitting faculty member must:

    * be member of the DF/HCC 
    * be within first three years of faculty appointment (assistant professor or higher rank)
    * have or create a mentoring committee comprised of senior mentors who will meet with the awardee on a quarterly basis and provide on-going feedback and support
    * agree to be overseen by the K12 review committee, which will meet with the candidate annually to provide input and support

For further information or to submit a proposal for either mechanism, please contact Karen M. Emmons, Ph.D.