Application Deadline and Start Date:

  • Full Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 28, 2019

 Application Requirements:

  • Formatting
  • Single spaced 
    • Arial 11 font or larger
    • Margins 0.6" or larger
    • Assemble all sections below into a single PDF for submission


  • Cover Page (1page) 
    • Project Title
    • Corresponding Principal Investigator name, department, position/title, email
    • Co-Investigator(s) name, institution, department, position/title, email
    • Post-doctoral Fellow name, institution, department, position/title, email (if applicable)
    • Supplemental Data (please include on cover page) 
      • Human subjects:  
        • Yes__ No__
        • Approval number_____ Approval Pending_____


      • Vertebrate Animals:  
        • Yes__ No__ 
        • Approval number_____ Approval pending_____ 


      • Applicants will:  
        • Apply for HCRI membership or are current members            Yes___ No___ 
        • Acknowledge WCF on related publications                            Yes___ No___ 
        • Designated HCRI for F&A return on related external grants  Yes___ No___  

  • Abstract (1 page, up to 30 lines of text) 
  1. Provide a succinct overview of the proposed project. Include the relevance to cancer, the broad objectives and specific aims, an overview of the research design and methods, and a brief description of the inter-disciplinary training environment. 


  • Research Plan 
    • Significance/Background (1 page):  
  1. relevance of proposed collaboration to a cancer-specific research problem 


  • Research Design (up to 3 pages), include:  
  1. overview of conceptual framework, design, methods, analyses 
  2. how the collaboration will develop novel concepts and/or approaches 
  3. how the application will generate preliminary data for an extramural application 
  4. must specify clearly defined targeted deliverables, with timeline (in at least bi-annual increments)


  • References (include references on separate page following research plan. References not included in page limit.)
  •  Biosketch (up to 3 pages) from each team member  


  • Collaboration Plan (1 pages) 
  1. Describe the inter-disciplinary team, distinct contribution and advantage of each partner to team, and inter-group communication plan 


  • Training/Mentoring Plan (1 page) 
    • Describe the specific mentoring and career development activities for the post-doctoral fellow and the advantages of the inter-disciplinary training opportunity. 


  • Budget: Provide a budget for 2 years for up to $100,000 direct costs per year as follows:  
  • (A) Post-doctoral fellow – up to $61,440 for salary and fringe benefits. 
  • Note: funds are intended to support one post-doctoral fellow to perform shared research between 2 or more labs. Partial support of 2 or more post-docs from individual collaborator labs is not intended. 
  • (B) Supplies – up to $30,000 for research supplies 
  • (C) Shared resource funding – up to $10,000 to be used only in a Notre Dame (, IU or Purdue shared resource/core facility (
  • (D) Budget justification 


  • Progress Report 
    • A one-page progress report is due three weeks prior to the end of year 1 funding. The Progress Report must outline accomplishments during the initial funding relative to anticipated deliverables as defined in the proposal. Notice - Release of year 2 funds is contingent on meeting targeted deliverables. 

 Evaluation Criteria: Applications will be reviewed by a five member committee composed of the Institute Director and the Program Co-Leaders. Review committee members with a conflict of interest will be replaced. Subject matter experts may be brought in as warranted. The applications will be reviewed based on the criteria below.

  • Evidence of inter-disciplinary collaboration
  • Overall scientific excellence
  • Cancer relevance of project 
  • Well defined deliverables
  • Excellence of post-doctoral training plan
  • Innovation
  • Potential to generate data for competitive extra-mural application within 2 year funding period 
    • NOTE: this funding mechanism is intended to result in data of sufficient quantity and quality to support an extramural cancer-focused grant application at the end of the 2- year support period. Renewal requests for continuation of the project beyond the 2-year timeframe will not be considered. 



Across the sciences, the skills required to analyze large data sets, build statistical models, and simulate complex processes are becoming increasingly critical. For example, genomic data sets may consist of millions of sequencing reads from hundreds or thousands of samples. In ecology and earth sciences, researchers are applying new methods for modeling ecological data and assimilating data and models to improve forecasts of ecological and environmental change. In systems biology, scientists are modeling the emergent properties of interacting genes, proteins, cells, and tissues. All of these research areas depend on computational fluency. 

The REACT program (Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training) is a short-term initiative to support graduate students to receive the latest training in computational tools and techniques in their field. REACT is a joint effort between the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH), the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF), and the Harper Cancer Institute (HCRI). REACT will provide up to $1,300 to cover student tuition, registration, and board required to attend nationally-recognized workshops that provide the latest training in computational approaches.


  • The applicant must be a PhD student or thesis Masters student enrolled at Notre Dame.
  • The student's advisor/PI must be a member in good standing with either the Environmental Change Initiative, the Eck Institute for Global Health, Notre Dame’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility, or the Harper Cancer Institute. Students should check with their advisors if they are not sure of their PI’s affiliations.
  • Students attending workshops may be asked to share the knowledge they gain with local working groups, journal clubs, classes, or a symposium of fellow REACT awardees.
  • REACT will cover costs for registration, tuition, room and board, up to $1,300. REACT does not cover research expenses or travel costs. Travel costs are expected to be covered by the student’s advisor/PI.

Application instructions

  1. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. All applications should be submitted online. Questions can be directed towards Beth Archie (, Mike Pfrender (, Kathy Taylor (, or Kara Primmer (
  2. Applicants will be required to:
  • Create an account with Submittable in order to submit your online application.
  • Provide information on the workshop they plan to attend.
  • Explain the computational skill(s) they will learn at the workshop and how those skills will help their research.
  • Provide information on the costs for workshop registration, tuition, and room and board. REACT provides up to $1,300 to cover these costs and these costs only.
  • Provide information on their admissions status in regards to the workshop (e.g. the student has not yet applied, the student has applied and the application is pending, or the student has applied and has been admitted to the workshop. If the latter, students will provide evidence of acceptance.)
  • Upload a short letter from the student’s sponsoring advisor/PI that states:  
  1. That the PI supports the student’s attendance at the workshop
  2. That the PI will pay for the student's travel costs
  3. Which of the following ND Centers, Initiatives, and Institutes the PI regularly affiliates with: ECI, EIGH, GBCF, or HCRI.

Grant Overview

The Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) is pleased to announce the availability of travel grants to support Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows traveling to academic conferences. Each grant is worth $250.


  • Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows must be presenting at the conference for which they are requesting funding
  • Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows must also present their projects at HCRI Research Day
  • Graduate Students' and Post-Doctoral Fellows' participation in HCRI sponsored events will be taken into consideration when reviewing travel grant requests

Application Instructions


Application Deadline and Start Date:

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Application Requirements:

  • Formatting
    • Single spaced
    • Arial 11 font or larger
    • Margins 0.6" or larger
    • Assemble all sections below into a single PDF for submission
  • Cover Page (1 page)
    • Conference title, date, location
    • Applicant name, institution, department, position/title, email
    • PI name, institution, department, position/title, email    
  • Conference Overview (1 page maximum) should include:
    • Provide a description of the conference and the research that the candidate (Graduate Student or Post-Doctoral Fellow) will be presenting.
  • Letter of support/recommendation from candidate’s PI
Harper Cancer Research Institute