Opportunities for Pilot Projects in Cancer Disparities Research

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Office of Cancer Disparities Research of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is providing seed funding for highly innovative and impactful disparities-focused proposals that will generate key data for larger, nationally competitive grants. Attention to cancer disparities (or catchment area) is a cross-cutting theme across the scientific programs; thus projects aligned with the Center’s strategic plan, and specifically the Community and Cancer Health Disparities scientific initiative, are preferred. Collaborative, multi-investigator projects are particularly encouraged. The main goal of this RFA is to stimulate novel research designed to (1) improve understanding of factors that contribute to cancer disparities and (2) develop and test interventions for reducing and ultimately eliminating them. Transdisciplinary, interprogrammatic, and translational approaches are especially encouraged, as are new investigator proposals.

This announcement seeks projects that have an intentional focus on community engagement in at least one aspect of the research, and a plan for dissemination of findings into the community. For example, investigators could plan to engage the Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board during the study period, or utilize an existing advisory board in their area. Proposals must clearly demonstrate the relevance to cancer outcome disparities. All awardees (PI/Co-PI) are expected to participate in the 2019 Cancer Disparities Symposium and must present their research progress when requested by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Priority Populations (include but are not limited to):

  • Racial/ethnic minorities
  • Sexual minorities
  • Recent immigrants
  • People with disabilities
  • Indigent populations
  • People diagnosed with mental illness
  • Men’s health
  • Rural communities

Award Description

  • Each research project can request a budget of up to $50,000 for one year.
  • Research projects should be completed within one year.

Funding Criteria

  • Strong investigative teams of Case Comprehensive Cancer Center members.
  • Alignment with one or more Scientific Initiatives and the Cancer Center Strategic Plan is preferred.
  • Highly innovative and impactful projects.
  • All materials to complete the project should be in-hand or readily available. For example, tissue-based research will require an approved IRB protocol and patient cohort studies must have already recruited the cohort.
  • Projects must have a high likelihood of subsequent national-level funding.
  • While investigators can be collaborators on multiple applications, only one application will be accepted per lead PI.
  • All funds for shared resources must use Case Comprehensive Cancer Center shared resources, when available, rather than shared resources at institutions outside Cleveland unless a specific justification for use of another shared resources is submitted and approved.


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Contact casecccpilots@case.edu or John Pounardjian at 216.368.0846 with any questions.