Pilot Project Funding

The University of Arizona Cancer Center has two types of pilot project funding available for investigators: the UA Cancer Center Support Grant and the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant.

Click the link for more information about the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant.

Click the link for more information about The University of Arizona Cancer Center Support Grant.


Basic/Clinical Partnerships to Promote Translational Research
Supported by the Cancer Center Support Grant

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Funding is available from The University of Arizona Cancer Center Support Grant for collaborative translational research pilot projects.  Of particular interest are projects focused on the development of translational cancer therapies that may lead to preliminary data with a clinical endpoint or that propose correlative biomarker studies of prospective or of completed targeted cancer therapy clinical trials intended to generate data in support of external grant submission(s).  Projects that address the basic science of a clinically relevant problem are also encouraged.

Guidelines / Eligibility

Applications must include partnerships between one basic science faculty member (can include behavioral scientists or epidemiologists) and one clinical sciences faculty member.  Both must be members of The University of Arizona Cancer Center.  Faculty at any level are eligible to apply.  Tenure track and/or research track assistant, associate, or full professor are all eligible. Postdocs and research scientists are not eligible.  Faculty who are interested in applying but who are not currently Cancer Center members are encouraged to apply for membership.


Two projects will be funded through this RFA. Budget requests may not exceed $50,000 in direct costs per year (for 2 years maximum). An initial $50,000 will be awarded, followed by a one-year review to determine if the project is progressing sufficiently to award the second $50,000. 

Funding can be used for research supplies, etc. Some restrictions on budgetary items apply.  Use of funds for PI salary is not allowed.

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Impact (34%) – the translational potential for the work.
  • Scientific merit (33%) – at both the basic and clinical science level.
  • Potential for future funding as large multi-investigator grant (33%).

Deadline for Application

Proposals are due on Friday, November 4, by 5:00 p.m.  Applications and NIH Biosketch (limit: 5 pages) should be e-mailed to Deboragh McDonnell (dmcdonnell@uacc.arizona.edu) by the deadline.

For more information, contact Deboragh McDonnell at dmcdonnell@uacc.arizona.edu or 520-626-7033.

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