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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 (https://research.nd.edu/our-research/facilities-and-resources/), IU or Purdue shared resource/core facility (http://www.indianactsi.org/servicecores
  • (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.