Proposals should follow the 2012 application format (PDF), which includes a principal investigator biographical sketch, description of the research proposed, and budget justification. The description of the research proposed is limited to 5 pages and must address background, aims, methods, and cancer relevance.

  • Letter of Intent: Due Tuesday, September 4, 2012
  • Application: Due Monday, October 1, 2012

Applications should be sent to the attention of Robert Gerlach (, NCCC Research Administrator. Questions should be directed to him at (603) 653-6187.

Eligibility Criteria

To fulfill the translational expectation of comprehensive cancer centers, in 2012 projects are sought that pursue, either application of scientific discoveries to clinical practice or community interventions or, underlying mechanisms behind observations from patient care or public health. Principal investigators must be a current Cancer Center Member. In contrast to the Cancer Center's ACS/IRG awards, funded investigators are eligible, but the application should address how the request represents novel work in light of current funding.

Review Criteria

Proposals will receive internal peer review. Criteria include scientific merit, translational emphasis, and likelihood of pilot data necessary for a proposed grant application. Applications should address feasibility of the work proposed, but preference will be given to pilot projects testing novel approaches to innovative and high-risk aims. Translational projects may bridge laboratory, clinic, and/or population-based research in either direction. In addition to priority score, funding decisions will seek a set of awards that spans basic, clinical, and population-based research. While not a pre-requisite to apply, proposals are encouraged to involve co-investigators from more than one area to demonstrate the translational nature of the work.


Proposals may request one-year of support up to $25,000 direct costs. Currently funded investigators must propose a project that takes work in a new direction. Given the pilot intent of the awards, projects requiring PI salary support and/or equipment purchases should cite an institutional commitment to pursuing the results of the work proposed. Funding for this announcement totals $250,000, with an expectation of 10 awards. Awards are anticipated to be made in December.