Cincinnati Cancer Center Pilot Grant Program – Affinity Award

Application Deadline: Monday March 26th, 2018 (11:59 PM, EST)

The Cincinnati Cancer Center (CCC) Pilot Grant Program (PGP) is offering pilot awards to facilitate and support established investigators seeking to conduct multidisciplinary cancer research projects.

Affinity Group Award:

Proposals can focus on a single research theme or link multiple thematic areas within the CCC Research Program. There must be at least three (3) CCC Members participating as Co-Principal Investigators (multi-PIs) with different but complementary expertise in different disciplines. Collaboration across eligible organizations (UC, CCHMC, or UC Health) is strongly encouraged, and joint publications, grants or shared personnel will be viewed favorably. Additional Co-Investigators (Co-Is) are optional. The role of each multi-PI and Co-I should be clearly defined.

Award Budget:

Up to $60,000

Funding Opportunity Goals:

  • Encourage meritorious cancer research and collaborative interactions between basic, population-based, and clinical investigators.
  • Encourage new/early stage investigators to develop their research in the field of cancer.
  • Establish innovative and novel approaches in cancer research.
  • Facilitate the translation of laboratory findings into clinical interventions that will ultimately lead to cutting edge cancer treatments.

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

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, and must focus on at least one of the CCC’s thematic areas.
  • Proposals must demonstrate a sustainable infrastructure to implement the project.
  • Projects should be collaborative and 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. multi-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 Affinity 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: