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Request for Proposals for Case CCC Funding for Early Phase Clinical Trials

The Case CCC is encouraging investigators to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) for Early Phase Clinical Research Support (EPCRS) funding. These in-house funds are available for the conduct of early phase (Phase 0, 1, pilot/feasibility) clinical trials of relatively short duration which are focusing on initial early phase testing of a candidate agent or device for the diagnosis, prevention detection or treatment of cancer.
This is the last year when EPCRS funds are available in their current form, as such this is the last chance to apply for funding for applicable studies. Proposals are being accepted on a rolling basis. 
Please direct any questions and/or submit LOIs to Katarzyna Karelus, Case CCC Clinical Research Office,, 216.844.4176.

Limited Submission: NSF: Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

Internal Deadline: Nov 14, 2017
External Deadline: Jan 10, 2018
The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. 

To accomplish the program's goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The instrument is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (in contrast to requests for multiple instruments that enable research in a common or focused research domain, which MRI does not support). The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or that will be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.

Limited Submission: NSF Research Traineeship (NRT)

Internal Deadline: Nov 17, 2017
External Deadline: Dec 27, 2017

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2018, proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on two high priority areas: (1) Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) and (2) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS). HDR is expected to continue as a priority research area for FY2019 and FY2020 competitions, along with a new priority area to be announced in 2018.

Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP)

Pre-Application: Sep 29, 2017 
Invited Application: Dec 21, 2017
Pre-Application: Sep 29, 2017
Invited Application: Dec 21, 2017
Pre-Application: Sep 29, 2017
Invited Application: Dec 21, 2017

Cancer Moonshot

The National Cancer Institute is pleased to announce the release of  17 new Cancer Moonshot funding opportunities . Efforts supported through the Cancer Moonshot aim to accelerate cancer research, making more therapies available to patients and improving the ability to prevent cancer and detect it the earliest stage possible. 

Department of Defense (DoD) Kidney Cancer Research Program

LOI Deadline: Dec 20, 2017; Application Deadline: Jan 4, 2018
The FY17 Defense Appropriations Act provides $10M to the Department of Defense Kidney Cancer Research Program (KCRP) to support United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). Applications are being accepted for the following opportunities: 
Consortium Development Award: is a clinical trial infrastructure mechanism that provides support to create a Coordinating Center and to establish the necessary collaborations at potential Clinical Trial Sites for the development of a multi-institutional kidney clinical effort relevant to active duty Service members, Veterans, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. The goal of the Consortium Development Award is the establishment of the consortium infrastructure for future multi-institutional clinical trials.
Idea Development Award: intended to support innovative ideas and high impact approaches based on scientifically sound evidence to move toward the KCRP vision of eliminating kidney cancer. The research project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale and a well-developed and articulated research approach relevant to active duty Service members, Veterans, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. Personnel on the proposed team should have a strong background in kidney cancer research. 
Concept Award: supports highly innovative, untested, potentially groundbreaking novel concepts in kidney cancer. The Concept Award is not intended to support an incremental progression of an already established research project but, instead, allows Principal Investigators (PIs) the opportunity to pursue serendipitous observations. Preliminary data are not allowed. This award mechanism supports high-risk studies that have the potential to reveal entirely new avenues for investigation relevant to active duty Service members, Veterans, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. 
Translational Research Partnership Award: supports partnerships between clinicians and research scientists that will accelerate the movement of promising ideas in kidney cancer into clinical applications. This award supports the development of translational research collaborations between two independent, faculty level (or equivalent) investigators to address a central problem or question in kidney cancer in a manner that would be less readily achievable through separate efforts. One partner in the collaboration must be a research scientist and the other must be a clinician. It should be clear that both have had equal intellectual input into the design of the research project. Multi-institutional partnerships are encouraged.

AACR SU2C Dream Team Translational Research Grant

LOI Deadline: Sep 5, 2017
Application Deadline: Jan 16, 2018

The  Stand Up To Cancer Dream Team Translational Research Grant will fund a translational cancer research project that will address critical problems in patient care, including prevention strategies for those at risk, and deliver near-term patient benefit through investigation by a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, collaborative Dream Team of expert investigators.  
The ideas may focus on particular organ sites, patient populations (such as pediatrics) or on innovative methods of treatment. Projects must be designed to accelerate the application of new preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic approaches to the clinic (i.e., lead to patient involvement within 2-3 years from the beginning of the grant). Proposals for Dream Team research projects must present plans indicating how the work will be translated into the clinic. The ideas should be based on perceived opportunities for success as well as high-priority areas with a critical need for rapid progress beyond current medical care. 

BETRNet Pilot Project Award Program

Deadline: Jan 31, 2018

The CWRU Barrett's Esophagus Translational Research Network (BETRNet) Research Center, supported by NIH/NCI U54CA163060, announces a program to encourage innovative transdisciplinary and translational research related to Barrett's Esophagus (BE). The overall objectives of the program are: 1) to encourage innovative transdisciplinary and translational research, especially high risk/high impact research; 2) to explore emerging opportunities and to enhance productivity of the research projects in the BETRNet, and; 3) to attract new researchers, resources and technologies to conduct translational research on BE and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma (EAC).  

Limited awards of up to $40,000/year will be made to eligible applicants for one year, with the possibility of a second year of funding based on the success of the pilot. Pilot projects must have a transdisciplinary approach and translational research plan focused on BE and/or EAC in one of the focus areas defined by BETRNet.

WM Keck Foundation Research Program

Internal LOI Deadline: Sep 15, 2017 
CWRU Application Deadline: Apr 24, 2018
External Deadline: May 1, 2018
The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by funding fundamental, high-risk research in two specific areas: 1) medical research and 2) science and engineering. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply. 
CWRU may submit TWO proposals per funding cycle: one (1) in Medical Research and one (1) in Science and Engineering Research.

AACR-Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Awards for Undergraduate Students

Deadline: TBD
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to offer Science Education Awards for Undergraduate Students for participation in two consecutive AACR Annual Meetings. Available to full-time, third-year undergraduate students majoring in science, the purpose of these awards is to inspire promising science students to enter the field of cancer research.