UFHCC Pilot and Exploratory Study Awards (PES)
SPECIAL CALL: The Effects of Cancer on Aging Trajectories and Outcomes
Information Workshop: Monday, September 20, 3:00 pm – 4:00 om
Meeting URL: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/97913294381
Meeting ID: 979 1329 4381
Letter of Intent Due (Optional): October 11, 2021 by 5:00 pm
Full Application Due: November 1, 2021 by 5:00 pm
Background & Purpose:
We are pleased to announce a new pilot and exploratory study (PES) program to promote the development of collaborative research initiatives among Cancer Center members at the intersection of aging and cancer. Priority will be given to applications that are multi-disciplinary, impactful to the catchment area and beyond, and that leverage strengths of our research community. Proposals must be collaborative, and a UFHCC member must be either lead PI or Co-PI*. New collaborations, as well as those that are ongoing but have not yet received extramural-level funding will be considered. Proposals are encouraged that engage the community or focus on under-represented or high priority groups within our catchment area in North Central Florida.
Examples of research themes include (but are not limited to):
1) Investigation of aging trajectories associated with specific cancer treatments and identification of cancer survivors at risk for an ‘accelerated aging’ phenotype;
2) Examination of the effects of specific cancer treatments on aging biology that may alter aging trajectories or aging outcomes;
3) Development and/or validation of tools, technologies, measures, or techniques for the identification of late-emerging effects and aging phenotypes among cancer survivors;
4) Development and/or testing of interventions designed to prevent, mitigate or reverse the adverse aging-related effects of cancer and cancer treatments; and
5) Development and/or testing of interventions focused on models and processes of care delivery to intervene at the intersection of cancer treatment and aging.
UFHCC Pilot Templates
The goals of the UFHCC’s Pilot Project Program are to:
- Provide developmental support for promising, cancer-focused collaborative research projects with a well-defined major objective or theme;
- Create synergies and lasting collaborations between cancer researchers that will lead to impactful publications and stimulate collaborative grant applications for future Federal or other peer-reviewed extramural cancer research funding.
- UFHCC Allowable/Non-Allowable Costs
This UFHCC Cancer-Focused A1 Accelerator Grant Program is designed to support promising new research or competitive renewals that have nearly missed funding pay lines. The research must have strong cancer relevance; clinical, basic and population research grants are all acceptable.
For NCI and other cancer-focused NIH proposals, applications that have been scored or ranked within 5% points of the Institute’s published funding pay line will receive automatic bridge funding from the cancer center. Full-time UFHCC faculty members in Gainesville may apply. Newly recruited Assistant Professors are eligible to apply, whereas newly recruited senior faculty with start-up packages from the cancer center are not eligible.
Award Amount and Duration
- The maximum award for these grants is $75,000 direct cost for R01s and $50,000 for R21s. No IDC is allowed.
- The award is for a period of one year and all funds are expected to be expended during that term.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit their full Federal proposal with a screenshot of their score/percentile to ResearchAdmin@cancer.ufl.edu.
Early Stage & Early Established Investigators
Early Stage Investigators whose applications scored outside of the 5th percentile range will be considered on an individual basis.
An initiative of the Florida Academic Cancer Center Alliance, the intent of this grant mechanism is to foster new collaborative projects involving the Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of Florida Health Cancer Center and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. This opportunity is designed to further build collaboration amongst the three centers, each of which is providing funding for the awards. Each proposal requires strong, meaningful collaboration by investigators from at least two of the three centers.