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Request for Applications: Developmental Research Award in Brain Cancer

The Neuro-Oncology Program at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) is seeking applications for developmental research projects focused on adult or pediatric gliomas.

Funding will be provided through the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) mechanism. Applicants must be faculty members of Harvard Medical School or the Harvard School of Public Health at the level of Instructor or higher. While the proposed research may be basic or clinical, bench-to-bedside or bedside-to-bench strategies must be addressed in the application, as the ultimate purpose of the program is to promote translational research in gliomas.

Applications will be judged on 1) their scientific merit, 2) relevance to the overall mission of the DF/HCC Neuro-Oncology program and 3) their potential for upgrade to full project status in the DF/HCC glioma SPORE Program.

Funding will start on September 1, 2014 and will be provided at $50,000 total over a two-year period.

Applications should be submitted by May 1, 2014 to Leah Hesse (lhesse@mgh.harvard.edu; telephone 617-726-1012).  A prior track record in glioma research is preferred but is not mandatory. Minority and women applications are encouraged to apply.

An application consists of the following components:

  1. Abstract (1 page maximum)
  2. Research Plan (3 pages maximum excluding references): Specific aims, Background and relevance to gliomas, Preliminary data, Experimental methods, Analysis plan
  3. NIH Biosketch of Principal Investigator and other Key Personnel
  4. Budget and Budget Justification (1 page maximum)