CCR Technology Development Award
New technology is a major driver of discovery. Development of new methods and technology is challenging within an individual PI’s laboratory as it often requires interdisciplinary expertise and a team of collaborating researchers. In other cases, ideas for new methods often arise from cursory observations in the lab and their further pursuit may fall outside the immediate focus of a PI’s research program. Methods development is almost invariably a high-risk enterprise.
The CCR is seeking proposals for the development of ground-breaking new methods and technology in any area of biomedicine ranging from basic research tools to clinical technology. Proposals should build strongly on observations made in the PI’s laboratory.
High-priority goals for proposed projects include, but are not limited to:
- Development of transformational new technologies for application in any area of basic research
- Development of high-impact diagnostic or prognostic methods
- Development of ground-breaking clinical technology
Key criteria for evaluation of proposals are:
- Potential impact of methodology: Successful projects will develop methods that have the potential to be used by a wide community of basic and/or clinical researchers. Methods that are primarily useful to the submitting PIs are not suitable.
- Degree of innovation: The method to be developed must be novel. Improvements of existing methods or application of existing technology to new experimental systems or clinical settings are not suitable.
- Feasibility: The PI must provide evidence for the feasibility of the proposed method and demonstrate relevant expertise. Preliminary data to demonstrate feasibility is encouraged, but not required.
- Milestones: The proposal should list clearly defined milestones and identify at least annual go/no-go decision points.
Applicants must be a CCR intramural Tenure-track PI, Tenured PI, Senior clinician or Senior scientist in the Center for Cancer Research. Those in the Physician-Scientist Early Investigator (PEI) program can apply but must include a tenured PI as a co-PI. Staff Scientists with independent budgets (CANs) are eligible. Non-NCI researchers can act as collaborators but can not receive funds. Please click here for more specifics on who may apply.
Funding will be provided for up to 3 years and up to $125,000 per year to cover personnel and supply costs. A detailed budget is required to justify requested funds.
Review of proposals will occur in two stages. After initial review of Letters of Intent (LOI), shortlisted proposals (approximately 20% of LOIs) will be invited for full review.
LOI and invited proposals will be evaluated by the CCR Science Board.