A Call for IDEAs*

A Call for IDEAs*

Deadline: Thursday, February 26th

A Call for IDEAs*

 

*Innovative Discovery and Exploration Applications

IDEAs are being solicited for 3 Year Collaborative Inter-Institutional Research Projects to be included in the Cancer Partnership’s renewal application January 2016.  The deadline for the first stage of this application process is Thursday, February 26, 2015.  The Cancer Partnership is searching for research in any area of cancer-related basic, clinical, translational, prevention, control, behavioral, population  and/or outreach research.  It may focus on the cause, prevention, detection or treatment of Cancer and/or Cancer Health Disparities.  Investigators are encouraged to develop proposals in emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology, proteomics, genomics, and imaging. (NIH PAR-CA-15-103).

The IDEA must address the overall goals of the Meharry Medical College/ Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center/Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership (MVTCP): (1) to build and stabilize collaborative and independent cancer research and other related activities at Meharry Medical College (MMC) and Tennessee State University (TSU) and (2) to create stable, long-term collaborative and independent cancer research and related activities focused on the disproportionate incidence, mortality and morbidity in minority populations in areas accessible to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC).

  1. Research project funding is restricted to faculty at MMC, TSU and Vanderbilt University.
  2. Faculty at all institutions is encouraged to apply including current and previously funded U54 investigators and U54 recruited faculty members.
  3. Joint research projects conducted primarily at MMC or TSU may be in any area of cancer research.
  4. Joint research projects conducted primarily at VICC must specifically address areas of cancer disparity in racial and ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.

Application Process:

  1. This is a two-step process.  Meritorious IDEA proposals will be asked to submit an expanded research project application.
  2. Maximum funding of pilot projects will be $75K total per year for two years for each project. Full research projects, which will have a more rigorous review, will receive a maximum of $125K total per year for two years.
  3. All efforts must be aimed at eventually securing competitively funded extramural awards (e.g., NIH R03, R21, and R01 awards, Projects on P01 or P50 awards or their equivalents.

The IDEA eLOI form can be found at:

Project Application

  1. There must be a minimum of two investigators on the project representing two of the three institutions.
  2. Project summary: Provide in a Word document to be attached to the application a brief description, as appropriate for the nature of the project, background, objective and experimental methods/study design. 1 page limit.
  3. Relevance of project to MVTCP goals listed above
  4. Description of Collaborative Relationship: explain the history of collaborative relationship, mentorship experience of project leaders
  5. The deadlinefor receipt of eLOIs is February 26, 2015. 
  6. Investigators will be informed of their first-step application status on March 26, 2015.

 

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