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VANDERBILT GI SPORE - Funding Opportunity

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.

Eligibility: Pilot project funding is open to all faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College, and Tennessee State University.

Up to $50,000 will be awarded for a one-year period with the opportunity for a one-year renewal. Current DRP 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 will be June 1 of each year.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (extended):   Friday, May 1, 2020


  1. Face Page (see full instructions)
  2. Detailed Budget and Justification (see full instructions)
  3. Proposal limited to 5 pages as follows:
    1. Specific aims
    2. Background and significance
    3. Experimental design
  4. Literature cited
  5. NIH Biosketch for all faculty participants

Please submit your application electronically. Submit a single PDF containing all documentation through the VICC Pilot Project Application Portal. A link to the VICC Pilot Project Application Portal can also be found at the top right-hand corner of the VICC Funding Opportunities web page

QUESTIONS: Meghan O’Loughlin
Vanderbilt University Medical Center