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Research Program Funding Opportunities

H Foundation Incentive and Bridge Award Applications

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Through the generous support of the H Foundation, the Basic Sciences Research Division of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University has been able to fund research grant applications to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) through two funding mechanisms–Incentive and Bridge Awards. Since 2003, our investigators have received 34 of these awards. In the current funding environment, these resources from H Foundation and the Lurie Cancer Center can play a critical role in maintaining the productivity of high-impact basic sciences research programs.

The H Foundation Incentive Awards provide funding for faculty who have submitted and received a score on an RO1 grant to the NCI for the first time in their career. If additional funds are available, awards will be made to other faculty for new, first-time NCI RO1 submissions, which are scored but not yet funded. Awards of up to $20,000 to support research have been made.

The H Foundation Bridge Awards provide up to $20,000 of support for competing renewals of NCI-sponsored RO1 research that missed the payline. If you will be resubmitting an NCI competing renewal that received a score but was not funded,let your Program Leader know or email Tom O'Halloran at
t-ohalloran@northwetern.edu and copied to Jenna Ter Molen at jter@northwestern.edu.

Eligibility and Process:
These Awards are available to full members of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center who are specifically affiliated with one of the five Basic Sciences Research Programs. In order to be considered for either an Incentive or Bridge Award, the Cancer Center Member should submit:
  1. A brief cover letter explaining how the proposed research described in an RO1 application to NCI advances cancer-related discovery research at
    Northwestern University
  2. The NIH Research Summary Statement (pink sheet) from the submitted grant
  3. The NIH Biographical Sketch/CV including support pages of the applicant

Applications should be sent to Tom O'Halloran via Jenna TerMolen . As a condition of funding, awardees will be expected to submit a written progress report two months prior to the end of the project year. Applications for both types of awards will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted until the funds for the year are expended.

Lea Charitable Trust Equipment Grants

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Through the generous support of the Lea Charitable Trust, the Basic Sciences Division of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University has available a pool of funds to support small equipment grants for collaborative research projects or for use by multiple investigators. These awards are available to full members of the Lurie Cancer Center who are affiliated with one of the five Basic Sciences Research Programs. Awards will typically be for $5,000 to $8,000 with occasional exceptions for compelling circumstances. We are requesting one-page applications, identifying the nature of and participants in a collaborative research project or a list of the investigators who would use the equipment. If the request for funds represents partial support of an equipment purchase, please note what other sources of funds would be available to complete the purchase. Applications for funds for the purchase of equipment items should be submitted to Dr. Tom O'Halloran via Jenna Ter Molen. Awards are made on a rolling basis as funds become available. Awards are made on a rolling basis as funds become available.

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