Funding Opportunities
Project Title: SPORE in GI Cancer: Career Enhancement Program
Sponsoring Department: Oncology
Deadline Date: Friday, August 10, 2018

Dear Colleague:

This letter solicits applications for the Career Development Program of the Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in GI Cancer.

This Program is funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and is directed at translational research in gastrointestinal cancer.  The SPORE includes funds for career development of faculty members who are or will be specifically involved in translational research in gastrointestinal cancer, including costs for supplies, salary, and fringe.

Candidates eligible for consideration include faculty members at any level in the University who wish to direct their efforts into translational research in gastrointestinal cancer.  The start date will be the start of the SPORE budget year on September 1, 2018. The amount is set by the SPORE budget and the number of awardees, but can be expected to be in the range of $30,000 - $50,000 annually.

Candidates will be selected by the Career Development Committee with approval by the SPORE Steering Committee within a month of the application due date.

Application criteria:

  1. Potential for independent investigation
  2. Feasibility and quality of the proposed area of research
  3. Translational importance of the proposed research
  4. Experience of the mentor
  5. Interactions with other SPORE investigators
  6. Time commitment to research 

Application requirements:

  1. Biographical sketch of the applicant on the NIH form.
  2. One-page description of their career goals and interests in translational research in gastrointestinal cancer including past experience.
  3. NIH biographical sketch and other support pages of a proposed mentor in GI cancer, preferably a SPORE investigator.

Applications are due by August 10, 2018.  Please use the Pilot Projects Registration Center, which can be accessed at to submit applications.


Alison Klein, PhD MHS
Director, GI SPORE
Associate Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


For More Information and Questions:
Sabrina Ingleton