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Grant Overview

The Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) is pleased to announce the availability of two (2) community partnership grants in support of a local cancer-related education or prevention project. Each grant is worth $2,500. These funds come with support from HCRI. Assistance from HCRI may include but is not limited to, research, evaluation or community support.

Proposals may include a new or existing program improvement, opportunity to increase participation or utilization, an educational opportunity or a new partnership with another organization. The overall goal of the proposal is to make an impact in the fight against cancer.

HCRI will only fund projects that are aligned with the University’s Catholic Mission, including protection of human life and dignity.

Eligible Applicants:  Any nonprofit organization within St. Joseph County, Indiana

  • Number of Awards:  2
  • Project Funding: $2,500
  • Matching Requirements:  None
  • Applications Due:  September 29, 2017
  • Estimated Award Date:  November 1, 2017

Organization Background

Located in South Bend, Indiana, HCRI researchers are dedicated to conducting innovative and integrative research that confronts the complex challenges of cancer. From common malignancies to rare and recalcitrant cancers, researchers at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend are united in multi-disciplinary teams with a common goal: to increases the survival of all patients diagnosed with cancer.


  • Willingness to participate with HCRI and/or Community Engagement Steering Committee regarding cancer-related grant topic.
  • Present methodology and/or result poster at the HCRI Research Day in April 2018.
  • Final Report within 60 days of your project’s completion.

Application Instructions


Application Deadline and Start Date:

  • Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 29, 2017 
  • Estimated Award Announcement Date: November 1, 2017

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)
    • Project Title
    • Applicant (Project Leader/Main Contact) name, organization, position/title, email
    • Collaborator(s) name(s), organization(s), position(s)/title(s), email(s)
  • Project Proposal (2 page maximum) should include:
    • A synopsis of the proposed project: include the background of the project, relevance to cancer, targeted population, broad objectives and specific aims, and a brief overview of the design and methods
    • A brief overview of the organization(s) involved in the proposal (no more than one paragraph)
    • A brief biography on the team leader and collaborating members and their involvement in the proposal (if applicable)
    • A brief overview of how the money will be used (big picture)
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