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Spring 2024 Awards Cycle Important Dates

  • Letter of Intent due April 8
  • Application portal opens April 15
  • Applications due May 6

The UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program (the Innovation Awards) is intended to support the cancer research innovations led by faculty, research staff, fellows and postdocs of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The objective is to stimulate new applications for extramural funding.

All UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members and UNC system school faculty are encouraged to apply.

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 will 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. Go to Pilot Awards

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. Go to Stimulus Awards

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. Go to Targeted RFAs


The application website will be announced and opened approximately one week ahead of the deadline. Both registration and submission must be completed by 5 p.m. on the deadline date.


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