Cincinnati Cancer Center Pilot Grant Program – Health Disparities

Application Deadline: Monday March 5th, 2018 (11:59 PM, EST)

The Cincinnati Cancer Center (CCC) Pilot Grant Program (PGP) is offering pilot awards to facilitate the development of grant applications related to cancer research on health disparities.

Funding Opportunity Purpose:

The CCC invites applications for pilot funding for the development of grant applications from investigators interested in conducting research into the causes of cancer health disparities. Proposed projects may address any of the broad areas of cancer research, including (but not limited to) cancer biology, cancer prevention, cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, and cancer control. Basic, translational, clinical, outcome research, community engagement, and/or population-based studies in all of these research areas are appropriate. This funding opportunity is also designed to aid and facilitate the growth of an institutional cohort of scientists with a high level of expertise/interest in cancer health disparities research, who can expand available resources and tools, such as biospecimens, databases, community relationships, and other methods that are necessary to conduct research in cancer health disparities.

Proposals should focus on key thematic areas within the CCC Research Program.

Award budget:

Up to $30,000

Award Project Period:

Pilot funds will be awarded for a period of one year with the possibility of additional funding for a set period contingent upon adequate progress and availability of funds. A nine-month progress report is required following initiation of funds, and will be a criteria for consideration of additional funding and developmental support of the application as an extramural grant.


  • Research proposals must be related to cancer research on health disparities, and must focus on at least one of the CCC’s thematic areas.
  • Proposals must demonstrate a sustainable infrastructure to implement the project.
  • Projects are encouraged to be collaborative and must have a strong scientific basis for development into peer-reviewed extramural funding support.
  • Projects must not overlap with other active internal or externally funded grants or contracts.
  • If parts of the project are under active consideration for funding by other sources, and funding is realized, any unused portion of the pilot grant funds must be returned to CCC.
  • Funding may not be used for PI salaries, purchase of capital equipment or for administrative services.
  • Funding will only be made available on presentation of documentation of IRB and/or IACUC protocol approval, where appropriate.
  • All presentations and publications resulting from the PGP should acknowledge affiliation with and support provided by CCC.
  • All investigators who receive funding will be expected to provide information regarding outcomes (such as manuscripts, presentations and grants) for the next three years. This constitutes part of the annual evaluation process for continued membership and success of the CCC programs.


The CCC Pilot Grant Program is open to all CCC Members. Co-PIs must be CCC Members. All UC, CCHMC, and UC Health faculty are eligible to apply for CCC membership.

Review of Proposals:

A two-tier review process will be used.
Tier 1: Merit Review – Proposals will be reviewed and scored by a review panel of experienced cancer researchers for scientific significance and feasibility, with the goal of developing the grant for additional extramural funding support.
Tier 2: Programmatic Review – The CCC Director and Program Leaders will use the peer-reviewed recommendations made by the review panel to make the final funding decisions. The programmatic review will evaluate the innovative aspect of the proposal, the potential to establish novel approaches within the CCC’s research programs and focus areas, and the potential for clinical/human health translation. Efforts towards enhancing inter-institutional collaborations, building CCC research portfolio, and/or promotion of the next generation of CCC scientists will be viewed favorably.

Continue to the CCC Pilot Grant Program Health Disparities Application Instructions…

For more information or questions about the CCC Pilot Grant Program, please contact:
Dr. Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, Director, Cincinnati Cancer Center, e-mail: