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VICC SPORE in Gastrointestinal Cancer

Developmental Research Program Call for Applications

We are pleased to announce the availability of pilot project grants for the conduct of basic, translational, or clinical research on the cause, prevention, detection, control, or treatment of GI cancers. Original projects with the potential to develop into independent R01 grants with a focus on GI cancers are encouraged.

Funds are available to qualified faculty from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College, and Tennessee State University. Underrepresented minority investigators are encouraged to apply. Up to $50,000 will be awarded for a one-year period with the opportunity for a one-year renewal based on measurable progress of impact. Current GI SPORE pilot project recipients who are considering a renewal application are encouraged to contact Dr. Bob Coffey to discuss the likelihood of success of an additional year of funding. All applications will be evaluated by peer review. The anticipated start date is June 1 of each year.

Interested applicants for the Developmental Research Program should submit the following in a single PDF:

  1. Face page (see full instructions)
  2. NIH biographical sketches for the proposed investigator(s)
  3. Research proposal limited to 5 pages as follows:
    1. Specific aims
    2. Background and significance
    3. Experimental design
  4. Budget for the project period using the NIH PHS 398 detailed budget form page (earliest anticipated start is June 1)
  5. Budget justification (include a certification that there is no financial or scientific overlap with existing projects)


Applications are due June 26, 2023.

To apply electronically, please submit a single PDF containing all documentation through the VICC Pilot Project Application Portal. A link to the application portal can also be found at the top right-hand corner of the VICC Funding Opportunities web page ( In the VICC Pilot Project Application Portal, please select “GI SPORE DRP pilot project” from the dropdown options.

The VICC GI SPORE may require presentations of competitive projects to the Developmental Research Advisory Committee before final funding selections. Periodic oral and written progress reports will be required. If you have questions or comments, please contact Meghan O’Loughlin at