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DFCI/Broad Institute Integrated Cancer Biology Program RFA for Pilot Projects

The DFCI/Broad Institute Integrated Cancer Biology Program is soliciting applications for 2008/2009 ICBP Center Pilot Project Awards.

The DFCI/Broad Institute ICBP Center specializes in integrative cancer biology.  Its primary research focus is on defining signatures of protein kinases using a multidisciplinary effort that integrates cancer biology with high throughput data generating capabilities and computational biology expertise, with a long-term goal of creating predictive models for cancer defined in terms of cellular modules.  

As part of its commitment to promoting the interface of cancer biology and computational science, the ICBP Center is requesting applications for innovative pilot projects.   Proposed research may span the disciplines of kinase biology, computational modeling, or integrative cancer biology education.  Preference will be given to those projects that have the greatest potential to synergize with the main scientific activities of the ICBP Center (see www.broad.mit.edu/cancer/collaborations/icbp).  Preliminary data is not required, but the feasibility of significant progress over the one-year time frame will be evaluated.

Eligibility criteria:
Eligible candidates will be on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health or MIT at the Instructor level or above.  Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

It is anticipated that two projects will be funded as part of the ICBP Center’s NIH U54 grant.  Each awardee will receive $50,000 direct cost funding for one year.  This funding can be directed towards salary and/or support of research at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, MIT, or any of the Harvard-affiliated hospitals.  

Institutional sign-off is not required at this time.

Applications should consist of the following:
1)    Applicant’s NIH Biosketch
2)    For Instructors, a supporting letter from your department chair or research mentor
3)    A brief summary of research (not to exceed 2 pages excluding references)
4)    Listing of other support
5)    A brief budget for the funding period 09/01/08 – 08/31/09 ($50,000 direct costs per year).

Please submit the original plus 5 copies to Martha Mahoney, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, D1642, Boston, MA 02115 by Monday, October 6, 2008.  

Inquiries can be directed to:
Martha Mahoney [617-632-4366 or martha_mahoney@dfci.harvard.edu]