Winship Awards & Pilot Grants

Winship Cancer Institute offers a portfolio of awards and pilot grants to support cancer research.

Winship Invest$ Pilot Grant Program

Winship Invest$, a peer-reviewed program designed to fund innovative cancer research projects at Winship, is supported by philanthropic contributions as well as developmental funds through Winship's Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA138292) from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Winship Invest$ has two funding cycles every year. 

The application process for the Summer 2021 cycle is now open. Letters of Intent should be uploaded online* as a single document no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021.

*Note: applicants must be on the Emory campus or logged into VPN to access the pilot grant application site.

Key Dates:

  • RFP Announcement: 7/26/2021
  • Letter of Intent Due: 8/13/2021
  • Application Receipt Date: 9/24/2021
  • Anticipated Start Date: 11/1/2021

Please direct any questions you have regarding this funding opportunity to Jeff Mills via email or call (404) 727-3634.

Winship Invest$ Prostate Cancer Research Pilot Grant

Thanks to generous gifts from the Senior Men’s Golf Association of Dunwoody Country Club and the Club’s John Kauffman Prostate Cancer Golf Event, Winship Cancer Institute is pleased to announce a prostate cancer research pilot grant opportunity for Winship members. Innovative proposals that address prostate cancer research including but not limited to basic or translational research, investigator initiated clinical trials (related IRB submission must be either in review or approved), health disparities, imaging, survivorship or quality of life will be considered for funding.

The Spring 2021 application process is now closed.

Winship Lung Cancer SPORE pilot grants

The Winship Lung Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) offers two pilot grants of up to $50,000 each to support projects focused on career enhancement or developmental research in the area of lung cancer. The Career Enhancement Program aims to promote the advancement of early career lung cancer investigators. The Developmental Research Program aims to identify new and innovative research opportunities by supporting meritorious proposals that could expand into future research projects in the future.

The application process for the 2021 cycle is now closed.

The Donaldson Charitable Trust Research Synergy Fund

Winship Cancer Institute, in collaboration with the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Wallace H. Coulter Biomedical Engineering Department at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, is releasing a 2020 Request for Pilot Grant Proposals (RFP) supported by The Donaldson Charitable Trust Research Synergy Fund. This peer-reviewed program provides pilot funding for novel, innovative, and collaborative cancer research projects.

Proposals with a budget of up to $125,000 for one year will be considered for funding by The Donaldson Charitable Trust Research Synergy Fund. Applications should reflect collaborative team science projects that must include at least 2 of the 3 partnering units (i.e., Winship, Aflac, BME).

The application process is now closed.

Please direct any questions you have regarding this funding opportunity to Jeff Mills via email or call (404) 727-3634.

Elkin Fellowship and Rochfort Scholarship

The Nell W. and William Simpson Elkin Fellowship and the Chester Rochfort Scholarship are awarded annually to eligible Emory trainees with career goals in the research, treatment, or prevention of cancer. Each award comes with an endowment of up to $35,000 to help cover salary, laboratory costs, and other research-related expenses, such as travel to conferences and meetings.

The application process is now closed. Each application cycle typically opens in late April with applications due in late May/early June.

Please direct any questions you have regarding this funding opportunity to Jeff Mills via email or call (404) 727-3634.

ACS Institutional Research Grant Awards

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants (ACS-IRG) are designed to support the development of beginning investigators conducting cancer research by providing pilot funds to obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants. The program is intended to support independent, self-directed, investigators early in their careers for whom the institution has committed research facilities, resources or space.

The application process is now closed.

Winship 5K Endowed Professorship in Cancer Research

The Annual Winship 5K Endowed Professorship in Cancer Research provides special recognition to a faculty member for continuing exemplary service in the field of cancer research both at the institutional and national level. The professorship is supported by funds raised through the annual Winship Win the Fight 5K.

The nomination and application process is now closed.

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