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.


Email Melissa Bird, UNC Lineberger programs administrator,


Proposal Due Dates: Oct. 19 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.

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.

Please note: Former awardees must submit progress report. If you have received a UNC Lineberger Developmental Award since 2014 (inclusive), you must include a progress report attached to the end of your single PDF, before your new proposal will be reviewed. The report must include Title/year of funding, team, accomplishments (details of new external grants, publications, etc.), and UNC resources utilized.


Fall 2020 applications will be due Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.; the submission link is now live.

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

1. Register Online – 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 Online – At the end of the online 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.