Duke Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) in Brain Cancer Developmental Research Program

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The National Cancer Institute-funded SPORE in Brain Cancer at Duke University is requesting applications for
pilot projects for funding through the SPORE Developmental Research Program (DRP).

The DRP of the Duke University SPORE in Brain Cancer supports promising individual or collaborative pilot
research projects that have a translational1 potential and are likely to generate new knowledge with a high
probability to impact the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of adult and/or pediatric brain tumors. In
accordance with NIH provisions, all funded DRP projects that have strong translational1 potential may become
full projects in the SPORE. Although both clinical and laboratory research projects are eligible for funding, the
translational emphasis of the program requires that the hypotheses in all projects have the potential to impact
the incidence and mortality of brain cancer or improve the quality of life for brain cancer patients. These projects,
however, do not have to reach a human endpoint during the funding period. The resources of the Duke SPORE
in Brain Cancer, including the SPORE Biospecimen, Pathology, and Immune Monitoring Core, are available to
all investigators and those interested in utilizing these resources should consult with the appropriate Core
leaders. Innovative, high risk/high gain projects are encouraged. We particularly encourage women and minority
investigators, investigators from minority and other area institutions, as well as individuals who have not
previously worked in the brain tumor field to apply. Applications for scientific teams and scientists exploring new
areas of investigation are encouraged. Duke is an equal-opportunity employer, and we value diversity in all of its
many facets and meanings.

Application Deadline: The Stage 1 deadline for all applications is BY NOON, June 11, 2021.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant(s) must hold a faculty or equivalent position at Duke University or at their institutions, universities or research organizations at the time of the application.
  • An applicant should not have previously received funding through the Duke Brain SPORE DRP.
  • Current recipients of an award from the Brain SPORE DRP may submit a competitive renewal application for a second year of funding. This will be contingent upon productivity and successful completion of the work during the first-year award. In addition to the criteria outlined for new applicants, competitive renewal applications should include a progress report and a description of the proposed work to be accomplished in the second year.



Amount Description

Each selected project will be funded at $50,000 to $100,000 per year for a minimum of one year, renewable for
a maximum of two years. Funding decisions will be made in August and communicated directly to the Principal
Investigator. The project period will be September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Women and minorities encouraged


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

June 11, 2021