2013 HSCI call for proposals – Cancer Program pilot grants

November 6, 2012

Letter of Intent: Friday, December 14, 2012 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Application:  Friday, February 1, 2013 (5:00 p.m. EST)

The Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Cancer Program is now accepting applications for 2013 pilot grants. The purpose of this funding program is to provide resources for innovative projects by investigators in the field of cancer stem cell biology. This funding is for groundbreaking, innovative, high-impact research projects in the application of mathematical approaches to cancer stem cell biology. Particularly welcome are applications that take advantage of emerging technologies in clonal analysis, stem-cell barcoding, and lineage tracing.

This round of funding is intended specifically for collaborative research by teams of biologists and mathematicians, and, as such proposals require both experimental and computational components, proposals with a strong element of mathematical modeling of stem/progenitor cell behaviors are especially encouraged. Two Principal Investigators may apply jointly for grants totaling $150,000 in direct costs per year for up to two years; a third year of funding is possible, contingent on available resources and exceptional progress. Each PI within a collaborative team will receive her or his own award from the HSCI—the subcontract mechanism will not be used to distribute funds. Depending on applicants’ institutional policy, up to 20% indirect costs (TDC basis) may be budgeted additionally. Budget allocations should detail the needs of the proposed research and should also be justified in a budget narrative. If a PI can demonstrate the expertise and resources necessary to complete both the experimental and mathematical aspects of a proposed project without external collaboration, he or she may submit a single application and request up to the maximum amount of funding. Effort committed by all personnel must be shown on the budget even if salary is not requested, and PIs must commit effort commensurate with the scope of the project. 

HSCI will host an optional meeting in order to discuss the goals of this RFP and to stimulate interactions among laboratories, mathematicians, computational biologists, and computer scientists. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this open meeting and to avail themselves of opportunities to meet local colleagues with the complementary expertise needed for collaborations that this RFP specifically intends to support. The meeting will take place on December 3, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., HMS, New Research Building, Room #350, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston. Please RSVP to claudia_rizzini@harvard.edu.

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