UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program

The UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program is intended to support the development of cancer research led by faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to stimulate new applications for extramural funding. All UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, and UNC system school faculty are encouraged to apply.


Fall 2018 Applications will be due Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.

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Proposal Due Dates: March 15 and October 15 at 5 p.m.

Two tiers of awards will be accepted: Tier 1: Pilot Awards and Tier 2: Stimulus Awards. Within each tier, proposals are accepted in basic, clinical/translational, and population science. Additionally, targeted RFAs may be added to each funding cycle, and proposals of high merit in each tier may be considered for the targeted RFA mechanism. Study sections chaired by UNC Lineberger Associate Directors will review all Tiers of proposals.

  • Tier 1: Pilot Awards
    Consist of up to $50,000 for one year, with expected start dates of July 1 or January 1, depending on submission. They should have only one principal investigator. Basic and pop-sci research categories require applicant to be a faculty member of any rank, tenure-track or non-tenure-track. Applicants in the clinical/translational category ONLY may be non-faculty (clinical fellow) with faculty sponsor. 
  • Tier 2: Stimulus Awards
    Allow for 1-2 principal investigators (PIs). The award will consist of up to $100,000 per year, for one or two years. Research proposed should be innovative and have potential for advances that can enhance our scientific understanding of cancer and/or clinical and public health practice.

New in 2018: Applicants are allowed to resubmit once. If your proposal is not funded, you may submit the same idea again (revised or not) one time. Reviewers will not necessarily know if you’ve submitted before and will not see the former review comments. This limitation in resubmissions is in the interest of stimulating innovation and limiting the burden on reviewers.


Fall 2018 Applications will be due Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.; submission link will be live Oct. 1.

To be eligible for review, each applicant must complete the following:

1. Register On-line - All applicants must register and then submit their proposals at the UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding website. The site will be announced and opened approximately two weeks ahead of the deadline. Both registration and submission must be completed by 5 p.m. on the deadline date.

2. Submit On-line - At the end of the on-line registration, investigators must submit (upload) their entire application as a single PDF; the file name should include the PI’s last (family) name. The file size of the single PDF must not exceed 3MB.

  • Applications missing one or more of the required components (registration, uploaded single PDF electronic copy with the PI’s name in the file name) will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. 
  • Extensions of the deadline will not be granted. Supplementary or additional materials will not be accepted after the submission deadline.

3. Questions? Email , UNC Lineberger Assistant Director for Collaborative Research.