Winship Awards & Pilot Grants

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

V Foundation Clinical Scholar Program

To accelerate cancer treatment and cures, the V Foundation’s Clinical Scholar program proposes to develop the careers of clinicians who will become leaders in developing programs of clinical trials that are sequential and based on hypothesis-driven research. The total grant amount is $200,000, paid in two annual installments of $100,000. Only direct costs of the research are supported by this award (no indirects allowed). The V Foundation allows flexibility in how the PI can use these funds (e.g., salary, protected time, program costs and some correlates), but it is insufficient to fund the major costs of a clinical trial.

Letters of Intent (not to exceed 2 pages) are due Monday, March 7, 2022 via email to winshipgrants@emory.edu. Letters of Intent should also include the PI’s NIH Biosketch, a proposed title for the research project, and a brief 1-2 page abstract of the proposed research project. The selected investigator will be notified and invited to submit a full application by Winship. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be nominated by their Cancer Center Director or similar high ranking research official.
  • Applicants must be clinicians (at minimum, Assistant Professor for at least 3 years) and have experience leading clinical trials, but not yet achieved the level of Full Professor.
  • Applicants must be board-certified (if applicable to their discipline; certification received within 7 years) or board-eligible in (for example, but not limited to) surgical oncology, gynecologic oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, or internal medicine. Other oncology disciplines that are not listed may be included and, in some cases, may not require board certification, depending on the discipline.
  • The Department Chair and Division Head must support the applicant’s plans for career development and commit to long-term support of the applicant.

Key Dates
Date of RFP Announcement: February 16, 2022
Winship Letter of Intent Due Date: March 7, 2022
Winship Announcement of Nominee Selection: March 14, 2022
Nomination Due Date (to V Foundation): March 15, 2022
V Foundation Application Due Date: April 13, 2022 by 5:00 pm ET

Please direct any questions you have regarding this funding opportunity to winshipgrants@emory.edu.

Winship Catalyst Fund

The Winship Catalyst Fund supports the pre-clinical development of novel treatment approaches for cancer therapy, diagnostics, or prevention. The novel approach should be based on a scientific discovery made by the applicant and poised for rapid pre-clinical work with the ultimate objective of seeking an Investigational New Drug (IND) application from the FDA.

Proposals with a budget of up to $250,000 for year one may be considered subject to meeting milestones. Project(s) selected for funding will have an option of up to $1,000,000 in total funding if the project makes the necessary progress to launch a future clinical trial or seek an IND.

Letters of Intent should be uploaded to https://intranet.winship.emory.edu/pilotgrant no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2022. 

Key Dates
RFP Announcement: February 16, 2022
Letter of Intent: February 28, 2022
Application Receipt Date: March 28, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: June 1, 2022

Please direct any questions you have regarding this funding opportunity to winshipgrants@emory.edu.

Winship Invest$ Pilot Grant Program

Winship Invest$ is a peer-reviewed program that provides pilot funding for novel, innovative cancer research projects. With two funding opportunities a year, the program enables Winship investigators to obtain preliminary data and results for publication and for subsequent peer-reviewed funding applications. Successful applications are supported by philanthropic contributions to Winship and by developmental funds from Winship’s NCI Cancer Center Support Grant.

The current cycle seeks applications in the following research domains that align with the Winship vision and strategic plan: (1) Precision Immunotherapy; (2) Addressing Cancer Disparities; (3) Early Detection, Risk Reduction and Prevention; and (4) Breast Cancer Research.

Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • Pilot projects will be awarded to active Winship members.
  • Proposals with a budget of up to $50,000 for one year may be considered for Winship Invest$ (unless otherwise stated for specific research domains).
  • Investigators may submit only one Winship Invest$ proposal per funding cycle.
  • Salary support for the principal investigator is not allowed except for junior faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor and below.
  • For additional eligibility criteria and application requirements, please refer to the Winship Invest$ Winter 2022 RFP.

Key Dates
RFP Announcement: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: Friday, March 4, 2022
Application Receipt Date: Friday, April 22, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Please direct any questions you have regarding this funding opportunity to winshipgrants@emory.edu.

Elkin Fellowship and Rochfort Scholarship

Winship is pleased to announce the annual call for two awards that support extraordinary physician-scientists who have career goals in the research and treatment or prevention of cancer.

The Nell W. and William S. Elkin Fellowship in Oncology is to assist an extraordinary scientist and clinician with career goals in the research and treatment of cancer. Scholarships are $35,000 for one year and are intended to help cover partial salary, laboratory or other research expenses or travel. A discretionary account will be set up for use by the recipient’s department.

The Chester P. Rochfort Scholarship in Oncology is to assist young MD degree holders in cancer research. The scholarship is $10,000 for one year and intended to help cover partial salary, laboratory or other research expenses or travel. A discretionary account will be set up for use by the recipient’s department.

Completed applications should be uploaded as a single document to https://intranet.winship.emory.edu/pilotgrant no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for this award mechanism, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Physician (MD, MD/PhD) with enrollment within the Emory University School of Medicine or Rollins School of Public Health Fellowship Programs
  • Awardee must be in an oncology field with career goals in the research and treatment/prevention of cancer.

Key Dates

Application Deadline: Monday, May 23, 2022
Announcement of Awardees: Monday, June 13, 2022
Anticipated Start: Wednesday, July 1, 2022

Please direct any questions you have regarding this funding opportunity to Kadiatou Fofana via email.

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

Winship's American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG) supports the early development of junior faculty in their independent cancer research careers through an annual call for pilot projects, providing a mechanism to test ideas and obtain preliminary results that will ultimately position them to successfully compete for national peer-reviewed funding.

The program solicits innovative pilot projects in clinical, basic, or translational cancer-related research that offer significant potential for reducing the incidence, mortality, and morbidity of cancer and/or improving quality of life. ACS initiatives also focus on the fields of cancer prevention and cancer control and eliminating cancer disparities. 

As part of the ACS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy, they are creating new initiatives for increasing diversity in cancer research. This supplemental funding is targeted for an underrepresented minority investigator in the amount of $40,000.

Key Dates

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Friday, April 1, 2022
Selection for Full Proposal: Friday, April 8, 2022
Full Application Receipt date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Pilot Project start date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

For more information including eligibility criteria, visit the ACS Institutional Research Grant web page.

Please direct any questions you have regarding this funding opportunity to Kadiatou Fofana via email.

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 2021 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 Dana Ray at (404) 778-5137 or via email.

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.

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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