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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.
There are two grant cycles: one in the spring and one in the fall. During the spring cycle, applications are typically accepted in early March, with funding available in May. During the fall cycle, applications are typically accepted in early September, with funding available in November.
The program aims to support cancer researchers at UC and Cincinnati Children’s, increase collaborations to foster innovative research, facilitate novel approaches, encourage entry of new investigators to cancer research, promote the translation of laboratory findings into clinical interventions, and generate preliminary data that will lead to cancer-relevant extramural funding.
Applications will only be accepted electronically and should be submitted in REDCap using the link provided in the RFA for the current grant cycle. The online REDCap system is used to standardize and streamline processes for both applicants and reviewers.
Preliminary data related to the proposed research should be included if it is available. However, for investigators moving into new, innovative areas of work, the absence of preliminary data will not preclude funding.
PI’s salary, cellular devices, capital equipment, indirect costs, and administrative services are not permitted. Travel-related expenses should not be included on the initial project budget. Every effort should be made to utilize the funding in support of carrying out the proposed research. If funds remain upon completion of the project, the use of these funds for travel will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Travel must be associated with a presentation of significant findings directly related to the pilot project.
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