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University of Cincinnati Cancer Center
Pilot Project Award Program

The University of Cincinnati Cancer Center is dedicated to advancing cancer research by providing pilot funding to our faculty investigators. Our Pilot Project Award Program pools funding from several sources to offer two streamlined funding cycles per year – one in the Spring and one in the Fall. The funding cycles are designed to be easy to navigate for researchers and reviewers.

  • Funding cycles are not disease-specific. While all types of cancer-relevant pilot research applications are encouraged, proposals in areas of strategic priority are most needed.
  • No letter of intent is required before applying.
  • All submissions will receive thoughtful feedback no matter the outcome, giving you the opportunity to refine and re-apply in the next funding round.
  • Ride Cincinnati participation is required to be eligible for all grant cycles, including Fall, Survivorship, and Spring. Multi-PI collaborative grants are impacted - both/all must meet requirements.

The goals of the program include:

  • Increase collaborative interactions to foster innovative research
  • Facilitate novel approaches
  • Encourage entry of new investigators into cancer research
  • Facilitate the translation of laboratory findings into clinical interventions
  • Generate preliminary data that will lead to peer-reviewed, cancer-relevant extramural funding, conference presentations, and publications

Spring Funding Cycle

March Apply

April Review & Decision

May Funding

Spring 2024 Pilot Cycle Coming Soon

Open 3/1/24 - 3/11/24

Applications for the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center spring pilot project funding cycle will open next month. Applications will be accepted Friday, March 1 through Monday, March 11 at 5 p.m. EST.

Individual investigators can submit proposals for $50,000 in funding. Funding cycles are not disease-specific, and all types of cancer-relevant pilot research applications are encouraged.

Download RFA

Fall Funding Cycle

September Apply

October Review & Decision

November Funding

Pilot Project Award Program FAQs

Have questions about the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center Pilot Project Award Program? Click below for answers to frequently asked questions. For more detailed information, please refer to the request for applications (RFA) and REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) application guide for the current grant cycle.

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University of Cincinnati Cancer Center pilot grants are supported by generous contributions from the following partners: 

  • Bergman Family Fund
  • Brandon C. Gromada Head and Neck Cancer Research Pilot Grant
  • BSI Engineering Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant
  • GIVEHOPE Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant
  • Jeff and Gail Forlenza Fund
  • Lyle and Gretchen Shaw Cancer Research Fund
  • The Marlene Harris-Ride Cincinnati Cancer Pilot Program
  • Mischell Family Prostate Cancer Research Pilot Grant
  • Steven Goldman Memorial Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant
  • William Wong Family Cancer Research Fund



Check back soon for more information.

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University of Cincinnati
Cancer Center

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Cincinnati, OH 45267
Phone: 513-558-2177
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