Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity • Phi Beta Psi Sorority

Phi Beta Psi Sorority is a national, civic, non-profit organization whose National Project is to advance cancer research nationwide to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment by providing research grants to qualified investigators addressing original questions and hypotheses to be explored in basic and clinical studies in the field of cancer.

It is anticipated that 5-6 grants of $25,000-$60,000 annually will be awarded in 2016.  Each institution can submit two proposals.

This will be a two-year award with a maximum of $60,000/year with the second year of funding dependent on the progress made in the first year.

Research applications must be focused on brain, breast, colorectal, endometrial, lung, ovarian, pancreatic or prostate cancer. Preference is given to Young Investigators with documented evidence of potential for conducting novel research or either basic or clinical aspects of cancer and cancer-related problems. Applications from Established Investigators exploring new and innovative areas of cancer research also will be considered.

All applicants must be a member of the UACC.

Important Dates
UACC deadline for LOI/Biosketch: May 25, 2015
Sponsor deadline: Monday, June 15, 2015

Application should include:

  • Cover page indicating the name, affiliation and contact information of the Principal Investigator and the university or institutional office fiscally responsible for managing research grant funding. Institutional approval must be granted in writing before an application is submitted. Because Phi Beta Psi Charity is a non-profit organization, no overhead costs are allowed.
  • Biographical Sketch of the Principal Investigator and other key personnel in NIH 398 format with ongoing research support (not to exceed 4 pages).
  • Research Plan (Description of proposed research, sections a-e may not exceed 10 pages total)
    • Background related to the proposal with citations of relevant scientific references
    • Specific Aims of the research investigation(s) (including hypotheses) and the long-term goals with clear indication of the manner in which the investigations will address the goals of the Phi Beta Psi Charity Trust.
    • Preliminary Results supporting the hypothesis and approach proposed
    • Scientific Approach and Rationale including Methods and Resources to be employed. If research involves patients or their tissues, Human Subjects Protection must be documented.
    • Innovation or Clinical Relevance (i.e., application of results to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and biology of cancer).
  • Copies of four (4) of the relevant recent research publications of the Principal Investigator.
  • Budget (not in an NIH modular format) indicating the amounts requested for a) personal and fringe benefits (salaries of the Principal Investigators may not be included in the budget), b) consumable supplies and c) other expenses with justifications for each category.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please first send me an LOI and a copy of your NIH Biosketch. You will be notified if you are chosen to submit the full application.

Contact: Deb McDonnell (


Funding Opportunity • UACC • Precision Health Sciences
Next Generation Sequencing Technologies for Analysis of Human Cancer

Human cancer is the result of genetic and epigenetic changes. Knowledge of these changes can be used to assist in the precise treatment, detection, prognostication, and monitoring of cancer. Robust laboratory and informatics pipelines have been established that allow for the detection of gene mutations and variants in the cancer exome and genome; however, the full utility of next generation sequencing (NGS) to address clinical matters is still in its infancy.

The purpose of this funding mechanism is to support new research that has potential clinical impact on cancer in the area of cancer genomics and epigenomics that employs NGS to extend beyond simple mutant/variant identification and discovery. Cancer patient-derived biological samples (tumors, bodily fluids, stroma, etc.) to address a specifc research question and/or support technology development must be “in hand” at the outset of the study. Earlier peer-reviewed publications or other documentation regarding the availability and quality of the samples must be documented in the study.

Applications sought are small, focused NGS-based cancer research genomic or epigenomic projects that can be carried out in a relatively short period of time with limited resources.

Two projects will be funded for one year at $50,000 each. Anticipated start date is July 15, 2015.

This funding is a jointly sponsored by the UACC and Precision Health Sciences.

Open to all UACC members. A maximum of one award per member is allowed.

All interested applicants are required to submit and application to Deb McDonnell ( by June 20, 2015.

Application will include:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Specific Aims (1 page)
  • Research Plan (3 pages)
  • References
  • Biosketch
  • Budget: application budgets are limited to direct costs only. Some salary support for technical staff is allowed.
  • Progress Report will be required at the end of the project period (1 page)


Funding Opportunity • Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research

The Pew Charitable Trusts partnered with the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust to establish a national initiative, the Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program.

The Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer. The award provides $240,000 in flexible support—$60,000 per year for a four-year period. In line with The Stewart Trust's mission to invest in innovative, cutting-edge cancer research that may accelerate and advance progress toward a cure for cancer.


  • Nominees must have been awarded a doctorate in a field related to biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of Nov. 16, 2015, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or the equivalent. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible)
  • On July 16, 2015, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 1, 2012), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution only twice. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2016 online application.
  • All applicants for nomination must be a member of the UACC.

Important Dates
UACC deadline for LOI/Biosketch: June 25, 2015
Nomination deadline: July 15, 2015
Online applications available: Aug. 3, 2015
Application deadline: Nov. 16, 2015

LOIs and Biosketches should be emailed to Deb McDonnell: