Applications are being requested for funding from the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund (CRF) research grant to Johns Hopkins. Funded awards will begin July 1, 2018 and end June 30, 2019.
These research grants are intended to improve the cancer burden in Maryland, eliminate disparities, and address lung, oral, prostate, breast, cervix, colon/rectum cancers or melanoma. State priorities are amenable to funding and found in the 2016-20 Cancer Plan at the website, http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/cancer/cancerplan/Documents/MD%20Cancer%20Program_508C%20with%20cover.pdf . They may be basic science, clinical, or population-based research. Transdisciplinary cancer prevention and control projects are especially encouraged as are research projects that are matured by an NIH proposal.
We are priority funding new faculty (within three years of appointment on July 1, 2018) and translational research projects from established investigators oriented to the study of issues that affect the SKCCC catchment area (Maryland) and that have the potential to improve outcomes. Some topics that might be considered are:
Markers of cancer risk
Cancer burden studies of the SKCCC catchment area (MD/Baltimore)
Evaluation of population exposures to environmental hazards
Tobacco cessation, implementation and policy studies
Studies to optimize outreach in special needs populations
Research that reveals the nature of a cancer disparity (racial, gender-based, geographical, etc.)
Priority will be given to proposals that:
collect pilot data as proof of principle or those that are high risk, novel ideas, which have no other source of funding;
have good future or current funding prospects but could not be accomplished without pilot data, (note, applications that have been submitted to and/or reviewed by an external funder are high priority);
involve investigators representing two or the three categories of cancer research (basic, clinical or population science); or
partner with Maryland biotechnology companies.
Proposals are due June 4, 2018 and should follow the attached instructions.
Average faculty awards are targeted at $100,000 and translational research projects at up to $100,000. The number of awards made will depend on the funds made available by the state for FY19, though at this time we anticipate up to 22 can be funded.