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Finding Funding for IITs

The first step to making your concept a reality is to find the funding to support it. The steps and resources below are to help you know where to look for funding and how to successfully secure the funding.

Getting Started!

  • Brainstorm with a mentor!

An Easy Way to Find Funding Opportunities

The Community of Scholars (COS)/Pivot is a comprehensive database of funding opportunities from many government and private sources.

Faculty and graduate students can create accounts by registering, which only takes a few minutes.

Once registered you can:

  • Conduct searches for funding opportunities
  • Save searches
  • Receive funding alerts

Example of returned search results (each result comes with a hyperlink):

Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)- Career Development Award
Sponsor: US Department of Defense (DOD)
Amount: $360,00
Deadline: June 10, 2014

Types of Funding

Internal Funding

University Cancer Research Fund

UCRF is a nation-leading investment to stimulate cancer research and reduce North Carolina’s leading cause of death.

UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program

The UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program is intended to support the development of cancer research led by facility at UNC and to stimulate new applications for extramural funding. The awards include both pilot and stimulus awards for basic, clinical/translational and population science.

Federal Funding

A federal grant list is available on the Federal Grants website.


  1. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    1. Funding information and instructions on the grant application process can be found on the NIH Grants & Funding website.
    2. KL2 program: Mentored Career Development Award to support newly trained clinicians appointed by an institution for activities related to the development of a successful clinical and translational research career.
    3. National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Cancer Training
      1. K award: Career award with research as one element
      2. R award: Focus on research
    4. R01: Provides support for health-related research and development.
  1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Funds research that improves the quality, effectiveness, accessibility, and cost effectiveness of healthcare.
  1. Department of Defense (DOD): Has congressionally direct medical research programs a variety of cancers including breast, lung, and ovarian cancer.
  1. Center for Disease Control (CDC): Examples of past awarded grants include: 1. Promoting Cancer Surveillance Workforce, Education, and Data Use 2. Reducing Inequities in Cancer Outcomes through Community-Based Interventions on Social Determinants of Health
Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP)

What is CTEP?

The mission of the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) is to “improve the lives of cancer patients by finding better ways to treat, control and cure cancer.” It does this by “funding an extensive national program of cancer research and sponsoring clinical trials to evaluate new anti-cancer agents, with a particular emphasis on translational research to elucidate molecular targets and mechanisms of drug effects.”

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UNC is a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials Network (ETCTN) with Ohio State as our Lead Academic Organization (LAO).

A Letter of Intent may be submitted to CTEP to secure funding. They also have tools to help in budget and protocol development.

Professional Societies/Foundations Pharmaceutical Companies

Many pharmaceutical companies have IIT programs. These opportunities can present themselves through:

  • Meeting with Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) at conferences or when they visit UNC Lineberger.
  • Through mass email funding opportunities.

Companies include, but are not limited to:

  • Amgen
  • BMS/Celgene
  • Merck
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer
  • Seagen
  • Tessa