Proposals should follow the 2014 application format (PDF), , which begin with a one-page letter of intent and cover sheet, 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 Monday, October 13, 2014
  • Application: Due Monday, November 10, 2014

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

At least one Principal Investigator on a project must be a current Cancer Center Member. Funded investigators (including current Pilot Project PIs) are eligible, but the application should address how the request represents novel work in light of current funding. Priority will be given to projects that clearly include key elements of the NCCC strategic plan (e.g., innovation, team science and translational research). In addition to priority score, final funding decisions will seek a set of awards that spans basic, clinical and population-based research, including efforts in prevention and health promotion, patient-centered precision medicine, and optimization of patient outcomes.

Review Criteria

Proposals will receive internal peer review, including NCCC Program leadership. Criteria include scientific merit, translational emphasis, and likelihood of pilot data necessary for a planned 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. Proposals are encouraged to involve co-investigators from diverse disciplines to demonstrate the translational nature of the work, as long as one co-investigator is a current NCCC Member. Interventional studies are encouraged, particularly those that engage a catchment area population. Please note that Letters of Intent are required, and confirmation will be provided regarding responsiveness to review criteria.


In 2014, awards are available in the following two (2) categories:

Prouty Pilots:  Available funding totals $250,000.
(Individual PIs):  New early stage cancer investigators (i.e. assistant professor appointment within the last 5 years) individually may apply for one-year of support up to $25,000 in direct costs for a proposal that includes the commitment of an established Cancer Center Member in an unfunded role of mentor. 

(Multiple PIs):  Senior Cancer Center Members may apply for up to $50,000 for collaborative translational proposals (i.e., that pursue either application of scientific discoveries to clinical practice or community interventions or underlying mechanisms behind observations from patient care or public health).

Clinical Research and Population Science:  Available funding totals $200,000.

Pilot projects that advance clinical trials and/or public health studies may request up to $100,000 direct costs.  These applications need to address why the proposed work involves clinical practice and/or community-based interventions that require the larger award.

Currently funded investigators must propose a project that takes work in a new direction.  Given the pilot intent of the awards, projects requiring more than consumable costs (e.g., PI salary support and/or equipment purchases) should cite an institutional commitment to pursuing the results of the work proposed beyond the project award period.  Other Expense requests for purchased services outside of an NCCC Shared Resource require confirmation from the NCCC Shared Resource Director that the service needs to purchased elsewhere.  Awards are anticipated to be made in December.