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Case CCC Funding Opportunities

Case CCC Funding Opportunities

Pilot Projects for RNAi Screening

DEADLINE: February 26, 2018

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is providing collaborative support for projects that focus on the use of RNAi-based screens to identify novel mechanisms underlying cancer biology. RNA-targeted screens have proven to be an effective approach for identifying new pathways involved in cancer initiation, progression, and therapeutic resistance. To facilitate the adoption of such methodologies by its members, the Case CCC will support new projects to be conducted in collaboration with the Small Molecule Drug Development Shared Resource. The Case CCC will supply the requested targeted RNAi library through the screening core and assume screening core costs. Awardees will be expected to commit substantial effort of a lab member to facilitate development of an assay, validate hits, and generate mechanistic data (supported by funds from the Case CCC member). Proposals should be focused on innovative questions, identify a proposed targeted and arrayed RNAi library (full-genome libraries are not responsive to the RFA), describe a feasible high-throughput assay, and have a clear plan for validation of hits. A plan for future analyses of identified candidate genes is also expected, but not specifically supported by this RFA.


  • Funding for an RNAi screening project that is focused on a key question in cancer biology.
  • Total funds committed to this RFA are $50,000 with the potential of funding 1-2 projects.
  • Assay development and screening should occur within 6 months, with 6 months for validation/follow-up experimentation.
    • Awarded investigator(s) must commit at least 0.5 FTE of laboratory personnel to this project who will work in collaboration with the core to develop and conduct the screen.
    • The targeted and arrayed library will be purchased and the screen developed and completed by the Small Molecule Drug Development Shared Resource.


  • Innovative project from a Case Comprehensive Cancer Center member.
  • Presentation of a feasible screen that will address a specific question.
    • Clear commitment to working with the Small Molecule Drug Discovery Shared Resource to conduct the screen.
  • PI must be at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher at CWRU at the time of submission.
  • Commitment of personnel to develop/conduct the screen.
    • Projects must have a high likelihood of subsequent national-level funding—prior awardees of pilot grants should have a demonstrated track record for garnering nationally competitive funds using data from those pilots.
  • While investigators can be collaborators on multiple applications, only one application will be accepted per lead PI.



John Pounardjian, Cancer Center Administration: 216.844.8326,

PILOT PROJECT GRANTS: American Cancer Society IRG Awards

Letter of Intent Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018
Application Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018

  • Pilot funding for CANCER-RELATED research in basic, clinical, prevention & control, behavioral, health services and epidemiology.
  • Up to $30,000 award.
  • Applications accepted for general cancer-related projects and for special interest projects in adolescent-and-young-adult cancer research.


IRG pilot project grants are intended to support independent, self-directed investigators early in their careers (usually assistant professor or equivalent). Applicants for the pilot project grants should be within 6 years of their first independent research or faculty appointment and eligible to apply for an independent national competitive research grant, but do not currently hold such a cancer-related grant.

Recipients of IRG pilot project grants must be, at the time of the application, citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or its possessions and territories, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence at the time of application. 


John Pounardjian, MBA, Cancer Center Administration, 216.844.8326,

Request for Proposals for Case CCC Funding for Pilot/Phase I 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 clinical trials of relatively short duration. Priority will be given to trials which are developed jointly between UH and CCF with planned accrual at both institutions.

The proposals are being accepted on a rolling basis subject to availability of funds.

Please direct any questions and/or submit LOIs to Katarzyna Karelus, Case CCC Clinical Research Office,, 216.844.4176.