Funding Opportunities

Extramural and Intramural Support

UC Cancer Institute Grant Policy

There are a number of grants available through the UC Cancer Institute. Find out more about the individual grant mechanisms, cycles and what each application entails by reviewing the UCCI Grant Policy

Extramural Support

Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati Pilot Grant

The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati has been operating for the past decade to create public awareness about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer; to provide support, resources and education to ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers; and to fund research focused on early detection and a cure.

The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati Pilot Grant supports innovative and novel pilot research projects in basic, translational, clinical and population-based research in ovarian cancer. Administered through the UC Cancer Institute, it serves to facilitate research in ovarian cancer through interaction and collaboration of investigators and also to encourage the entry of new investigators into the field of ovarian cancer research.

Goals of the Grant:

  • Increase collaborative interaction to foster innovative ovarian cancer research
  • Facilitate novel approaches in ovarian cancer research
  • Encourage entry of new investigators into ovarian cancer research
  • Facilitate the translation of laboratory findings into clinical interventions for ovarian cancer patients
  • Possess a strong scientific basis for potential development into peer-reviewed extramural funding

In FY2017, the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati Pilot Grant will offer one grant of $47,500. The grant will be awarded for a period of one year with the possibility of renewal contingent upon adequate progress and availability of funds.

All UC faculty and medical professionals are eligible to apply for funding. Clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, instructors and research associates are eligible to apply apply as co-investigators with their UC faculty advisor or mentor as the principal investigator (PI).

Letters of Intent (LOI) are due Monday, April 3, 2017Selected LOIs invited to apply will be notified by Monday, May 1, 2017Invited applications are due Monday, June 26, 2017

For more information, contact Kara Evans


GIVE HOPE Pancreatic Cancer Research Awareness Fund

This funding mechanism was founded in 2010 to raise funds to benefit pancreatic cancer research, education, prevention and awareness programs in the United States with preference given to organizations in Southwest Ohio. In addition to supporting basic lab-based research and clinical research, funds may be used to increase community awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection.

The GIVE HOPE Pancreatic Cancer Research and Awareness Fund is soliciting proposals for pancreatic cancer-related research pilot projects in basic, translational or clinical research.

In 2017, GIVE HOPE and BSI Engineering will offer two grants of $47,500 each. Grants will be awarded for a period of one year with the possibility of renewal contingent upon adequate progress and availability of funds.

All UC faculty and medical professionals are eligible to apply for funding. Clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, instructors and research associates are eligible to apply as co-investigators with their UC faculty advisor or mentor as the principal investigator (PI).

Letters of Intent (LOI) are due Monday, April 3, 2017; selected LOIs will be invited to apply by Monday, May 1, 2017Applications are due Monday, June 26, 2017.

For more information, contact Kara Evans


Steven Goldman Memorial Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant

This funding mechanism was created to honor the memory of Steven Goldman who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 1985. This grant award in his name is reserved for scientific researchers of the highest caliber who are dedicated to eradicating pancreatic cancers. The purpose of the grant is to encourage research in the molecular genetics of cancer, tumor immunology, growth promoting factors of cancer, tumor virology that appears to have relevance to human cancers and other areas of basic cancer research. Research into therapeutic modalities, which help to elucidate, prove or disprove explanations or theories in the area of basic cancer research, may be supported. The grant may also be used to support work in techniques and methods, which may be helpful to investigators in basic cancer research.

The goals of the Steven Goldman Memorial Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant are to encourage:

  • Basic research in the area of cancer;
  • Projects seeking to determine the cause of cancer;
  • Projects that study the mechanisms by which cells undergo malignant transformation;
  • Study of the failure of the host to stop the spread and progression of the cancer.
In 2017, the Steven Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant will offer a total award of $55,000 to support one outstanding application. The grant will be awarded for the period of one year. Grant recipients are eligible to apply as a renewal for no more than 3 years, and renewal applications will be in competition with new applications for funding.

The investigators must be a full-time basic scientist affiliated with the University of Cincinnati and must be of high moral and scientific integrity. Preference is to be given to investigators who have made a full-time career commitment to basic cancer research and those investigators whose work involves or relates to cancer of the pancreas. The grant shall be distributed to an individual investigator and may not be divided up among two or more investigators. The investigator to whom the award is made may use part of the award to hire or pay lab staff or postdoctoral fellow, provided that the individual is working under the direction of the funded investigator and his or her work must be restricted to the funded cancer research project. No more than 10 percent of the award may go to administrative expenses; the remainder of the award must be given to the investigator to be spent entirely on the research project for which the award is made.

Letters of Intent (LOI) are due Monday, April 3, 2017; application invitations will be extended by Monday, May 1, 2017. The deadline for invited applications is Monday, June 26, 2017.

For more information, contact Kara Evans


Marlene Harris-Ride Cincinnati Breast Cancer Pilot Grant Program

The Ride Cincinnati Foundation was started by three Cincinnati men whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Their wives and a daughter have all faced this disease over the last 15 years. Unfortunately, one of the wives lost her 15-year battle in 2005. Her wish was to continue raising funds to support breast cancer research to find a cure for this disease that affects both women and men.
The Marlene Harris-Ride Cincinnati Breast Cancer Pilot Grant Program supports innovative and novel pilot research projects in basic, translational, clinical and population-based research in breast cancer. Administered through the UC Cancer Institute, it serves to facilitate research in breast cancer through interaction and collaboration of investigators and to encourage the entry of new investigators into the field of breast cancer research. The Marlene Harris-Ride Cincinnati Breast Cancer Pilot Grant also serves as a valuable catalyst bringing together investigators to translate laboratory findings into clinical therapies to benefit patients.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase collaborative interaction to foster innovative breast cancer research
  • Facilitate novel approaches in breast cancer research
  • Encourage entry of new investigators into breast cancer research
  • Facilitate the translation of laboratory findings into clinical interventions
  • All grants should have a strong scientific basis for potential development into peer-reviewed extramural funding.
In 2017, the Marlene Harris-Ride Cincinnati Breast Cancer Pilot Grant Program will award a total of $200,000. Applicants may request up to a maximum of $50,000. The grants will be awarded for a period of one year with the possibility of a one-year renewal contingent upon adequate progress and availability of funds. Renewal applications will be in competition with new applications for funding.

All UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center faculty and medical professionals are eligible to apply for funding. Applicants who have previously been funded under this program are eligible to reapply for funding as competitive renewals or new applications. All renewal applications will be in competition with new applications for funding.

The application deadline is Wednesday, July 5, 2017; funds become available Friday, September 1, 2017.

For more information, contact Kara Evans

Intramural Support

Cancer Care Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)/Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Pilot Grant

The purpose of the PCOR grant is to address the needs of patients, caregivers, clinicians and other health care stakeholders with research aimed at evaluating and comparing the implications and outcomes of two or more health care strategies to address cancer care. The UC Cancer Institute will award one grant in the amount of $25,000 for a period of one year, with the possibility of a one year renewal, to a researcher with this project focus.

Applications are currently closed for this grant.

UC Cancer Institute Survivorship Program Pilot Grant

The Cancer Survivorship Program will offer two, one-year pilot grants of $50,000 each to facilitate research in adult and pediatric cancer survivorship.  All UC, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital Medical Center researchers with at least a 50 percent faculty appointment are eligible to apply for funding as the principal investigator (PI). Clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, instructors and research associates are also eligible to apply as the PI but will require their faculty advisor designated as the mentor. Investigators from other institutions may participate as co-investigators, and in such instances, the UC, Cincinnati Children's or VA faculty member should be the PI.

The research focus can span the observational, clinical/translational research continuum including health services and health policy research. The application must address the assessment, prevention, management and/or intervention of issues that occur following the completion of active treatment of cancer (surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation). Topics may include risk assessment, early detection, prevention and management of treatment related effects, prognostic biomarkers, epidemiologic studies, delivery of survivorship care (care plans, models of delivery), health disparities relevant to survivorship, quality of life, organizational integration of survivorship care, and patient or health care provider education. 


Applications are currently closed for this grant.

Pilot Grant Progress Report

Help provide the UC Cancer Institute information about progress made in implementing research studies. This information will be used when considering extension requests and evaluating the submission of future proposals. Please send the completed report to Kara Evans at kara.evans@uc.edu


>> Progress Report Form