The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announces the first annual request for applications (RFA) for the Swim Across America (SAA) Translational Cancer Research Awards. SAA Awards will fund translational cancer research projects of $75,000 direct costs per year (no indirect costs), with an award term of two years.
The expectation is that SAA Awards will spark synergistic interactions among investigators and catalyze scientific achievements of the highest quality and impact. Applications are sought focused on translational research that aims to translate findings in fundamental research into medical practice and meaningful health outcomes. Applications are similarly free to focus on specific organ sites or on issues that span multiple cancer types. Applications will be evaluated by reviewers from the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (SKCCC) and review will be based on their potential to influence our scientific understanding of cancer and our clinical, operational, and financial management of the disease.
Timing: Applications are due by June 16, 2017. Awards will be announced at end of July for funding beginning September 1, 2017. It is expected that 2 Awards will be made this cycle. Applications will be submitted through: http://pilotprojects.onc.jhmi.edu
Each proposal must include a SKCCC Member as principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator (Co-PI). A SKCCC Member may only participate in one application as PI or Co-PI. The proposal cannot be duplicative with other funding, at the time of the award. Overlap will be assessed by SKCCC staff on a Just-In-Time model. Applications including multiple researchers will be favorably received, as will applications that have the potential to bring new approaches and expertise to bear on important problems in cancer research.
Applications will be submitted online and will consist of:
1. Coversheet, which will be downloaded from this site.
2. A research proposal of 2 pages or less, including figures but not references (separate page).
3. A one page budget and budget justification that describes how the funding will be allocated among personnel, supplies, and equipment. Faculty salary can be included or excluded. Budgets up to $75,000 direct costs per year can be proposed. No indirect costs can be included.
4. An NIH-style biosketch (5 pages maximum) for the PI and Co-PIs (if applicable). It is not necessary to include current or pending funding information, as these will be requested Just In Time.
Review Process: Applications will be subjected to two-tiered review in the SKCCC. Applications will first undergo numerical scoring by at least two reviewers. Neither comments nor scores will be returned to applicants. Applications will then be ranked in order of priority of funding by senior members of the SKCCC. Final funding decisions will be made by the SKCCC Executive Oversight Committee.
Recipients must complete an interim and final progress report and provide information on publications, reports of invention and external funding applications enabled by this award. Approval of the second year of funding is contingent on receipt of the interim report.