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Duke Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) in Brain Cancer Developmental Research Program
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.
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2018.
- 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.
Each selected project will be funded at $50,000 to $100,000 per year, renewable for a maximum of two years.
Funding decisions will be made by December 31, 2018, and communicated directly to the Principal Investigator.
The project period will be January 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019.