UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program

The UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program is intended to support the development of cancer research programs 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 and UNC Chapel Hill faculty are eligible to apply. Non-UNC faculty may apply in collaboration with UNC Lineberger members.


Fall 2017 submissions closed on Oct. 16, 2017, at 5 p.m. 

Two tiers of awards offered:

  • 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. Applicants in the clinical/translational category ONLY may be non-faculty with faculty sponsor. Other research categories require applicant to be a faculty member of any rank, tenure-track or non-tenure-track.  
  • 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.

Within each tier, proposals are accepted in basic, clinical/translational, and population science. Proposals for collaborative projects involving colleagues at the UNC system schools (North Carolina State University, NC Central University and East Carolina University) are encouraged. Faculty from those schools must partner with a UNC Lineberger member.


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. ET 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.