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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 2023 participation is required to be eligible for Fall 2023, Survivorship, and Spring 2024 grant cycles. 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

Fall Funding Cycle

September Apply

October Review & Decision

November Funding

Fall 2023 Pilot Cycle Open Now

Inter-Programmatic Multi-PI Collaborative Pilot Project Award 

University of Cincinnati Cancer Center is launching a new multi-PI funding opportunity. This pilot award is limited to breast or pancreas cancer projects. Proposals can include up to 3 PIs, and awardees will receive $100,000 in funding.

Multi-PI Pilot Project RFA

Single-PI Pilot Project Award 

Individual investigators can submit proposals for $50,000 in funding. While all types of cancer-relevant pilot research applications are encouraged, proposals in breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer are most needed.

Single-PI Pilot Project RFA

Pilot Project Award Program FAQs

Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center Pilot Project Award Program. 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.



When can I apply for a pilot project award?
What are the goals of the program?
Are applications limited to specific cancer types or disease sites?
What is the amount, length, and source of funding?
Who is eligible to apply?
Where do I submit my application?
What can I expect to include in my application?
Who should be listed under my project team?
Is preliminary data required for my application?
What budget items are considered unallowable?

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

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



Check back soon for more information.

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Cancer Center

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