Competitive Grants

The University Cancer Research Fund stimulates novel research and programs through its competitive grants program: Innovation Awards, Clinical Innovation Awards, Core Facility Pilot Project Awards, Equipment Awards, and HEALTH-e-NC Pilot Projects.

Innovation Awards

These awards promote ground-breaking cancer research across the broad continua of cancer - from fundamental laboratory science to community intervention, from disease prevention to palliative care, and from childhood to adult.

Clinical Innovation Awards (not currently available)

The Clinical Innovation Awards support novel programs that demonstrate significant potential for innovation in patient care and services and elevate current care models or break new ground at UNC at Chapel Hill. Awards can address needs across the clinical spectrum from early detection to palliative care, and from childhood to adult. Clinical programs with promise for future sustainability are encouraged. Clinical or clinical-translational research projects are not eligible for Clinical Innovation Awards.

The deadline for the next round has not been set. Six-weeks-notice will be provided between the announcement and deadline.

Core Facility Pilot Project Awards (not currently available)

The deadline for the next round has not been set. Six-weeks-notice will be provided between the announcement and deadline.

Core Facility / Shared Instrumentation Equipment Awards

The UCRF supports awards for the purchase of new, shared research equipment for core resources or groups of investigators that will improve and enhance cancer research at UNC Chapel Hill.

The deadline for the 2012-13 round is August 24, 2012.  Please submit your request electronically to Dede Corvinus (dede_corvinus@med.unc.edu ). 

Health-e-NC Pilot Projects

Health-e-NC, a core project of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center supported by the University Cancer Research Fund, announces its fourth round of pilot funding to stimulate innovative intervention research to optimize cancer outcomes.

Health-e-NC is dedicated to finding out what works to improve cancer outcomes and sharing those solutions across the state.  Since its inception in 2010, Health-e-NC has funded three rounds of pilot research grants led by UNC researchers that focus on interventions to better prevent and detect cancer as well as to support cancer survivors.

Priority for funding in this current round will be for pilot intervention research that helps optimize the Carolina Health Assessment & Resource Tool (CHART, described below).  A total of $325,000 is available for 12-month awards that will begin in September 2014; PI’s can request up to $75,000 to conduct pilot research that incorporates CHART in their intervention studies (refer to RFA for more details).

We have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions that you can view at the link. This document will be updated as questions are asked.  If you have a question to add, contact Barbara Alvarez Martin (see below for contact information).

Proposals are due August 1, 2014.

Letter of Intent Due: July 1, 2014
Proposal Due Date: 
August 1, 2014 (5 p.m. EST)
Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2014

For questions, contact Barbara Martin, Project Director at bamartin@unc.edu or 919-843-3555. Send completed proposals as a single PDF document on or before August 1, 2014 to:

Ms. Sara Vandegrift, HeNC Administrative Assistant

919-966-3068

View past awards