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Request for Applications: DF/HCC SPORE in Breast Cancer Developmental Project Awards

Request for Applications: DF/HCC SPORE in Breast Cancer Developmental Project Awards (Pilot Projects)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9:00 a.m. – Friday, October 30, 2009

Eligibility: Harvard/MIT level of Instructor or above (exception for closely mentored individuals with non-traditional appointments and very senior fellows). Underserved minority faculty applications encouraged. In certain closely mentored relationships, a non-faculty investigator may apply, if they receive a written endorsement from their senior faculty sponsor. Also, applications from staff scientists that are permanent members of a research department and very experienced would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Purpose: Funding small projects that will be completed within this current grant year. Investigators are encouraged to utilize these funds to develop data needed for preparation of longer term funding mechanisms.

Focus: The applicant must defend the importance of the proposed research for patients with breast cancer.

Objectives: Translational research; however, pure laboratory investigations will be considered for a translational project starting point.

Mandatory: Commitment to the Breast SPORE must be stated. The Awardee is expected to participate in Breast SPORE meetings, retreats and use of our Cores.

Range of awards: $20,000 - $50,000 DIRECT COSTS annually (plus applicable indirect costs per your institution’s federally negotiated rate).
Funds for this award should be spent by August 31, 2010 (the end of the grant period).
A consortium of Investigators may apply for an award.

Selection Process: a review committee will make the award based on these criteria:
Translational scientific merit. include an appropriate background statement of impact and methods
Impact on breast cancer patients: the application should draw a distinction, even if theoretical, between impact on diagnosis, treatment or prevention of breast cancer.
Potential for future independent funding based upon the preliminary data developed by this award.
We would like the investigator-initiated projects to lead to self-sustaining funding or possibly inclusion in the Breast SPORE in a more permanent way. Submit a statement of strategy regarding how this pilot project funding might lead to more stable funding.
Integration and Collaboration: Priority for collaborative arrangements and use of SPORE or Cancer Center Core resources
Enthusiasm for the SPORE mission and participation in SPORE activities

Application materials:
Proposal Concept: 1-3 pages (on submissions submitted longer that the 3-page maximum, the review will concentrate on the first three pages only. No addendums or appendices will be given to the review committee.
Budget: expenditures for balance of year ending on 8/31/10. FOR INSTITUTIONS OTHER THAN DFCI, PLEASE HAVE YOUR INSTITUTION SIGN OFF ON THE BUDGET.
NIH biosketch
E-mail submission as a single PDF file to: donald_watson@dfci.harvard.edu

NO SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION WILL BE ACCEPTED. LIMIT: ONE APPLICATION PER PERSON.
ADHERENCE TO THESE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS IS ENFORCED FOR INCLUSION IN THE REVIEW.

If you have any questions, please contact: Don Watson at 617-632-4501 or donald_watson@dfci.harvard.edu.