Funds will provide “seed money” for promising new research by young investigators
The American Cancer Society has awarded a three-year, $360,000 Institutional Research Grant to the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center to support promising research projects by new investigators. Alan E. Tomkinson, Ph.D., associate director for basic research at the cancer center, is the grant’s principal investigator and chairs the committee that will review the pilot grant applications.
“Our goal is to help junior faculty members obtain preliminary results from these pilot studies so that they can compete successfully for national research grants,” says Dr. Tomkinson, who is also a professor and director of the Radiation Oncology Research Laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “In these troubled economic times, with significant cuts in cancer research money, it’s very difficult for talented young researchers to find funding so we’re very grateful to receive this grant from the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division.”
This is the first renewal of the Institutional Research Grant from the American Cancer Society that was initially awarded to the Greenebaum Cancer Center in 2005. The purpose of the grant is to provide “seed money” to support pilot projects of junior faculty to help them establish their research programs. Junior faculty members who are within six years of their first independent position and who don’t have funding from a national agency are eligible to apply. Researchers at any campus within the University of Maryland system may submit applications.
There are two different types of pilot grant funding: $90,000 per year is available for projects in any aspect of cancer research, including basic, translational and clinical studies, as well as studies on cancer control, health policy and health studies; $30,000 per year is available for projects that focus on cancer in poor and underserved populations.
Pilot grants will be for one year and have a maximum budget of $30,000. Awardees can apply to renew their grant. The deadline for grant applications is Dec. 19, 2008. For more information about the grants, go to www.umgcc.org/research.