Request for Applications (RFA) for Community Cancer Research Pilot Projects

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Duke Cancer Network (DCN) has affiliations with 12 community hospitals and physician practices.  Research Studies should utilize one or more of the sites listed below (see "agency website" link) with preference given to the sites highlighted in blue.  For information on analytics or additional details about these sites, please contact Lynda Owen at

Acceptable Projects include:

  • Retrospective and prospective studies which can include chart reviews, surveys, and/or interviews
  • Small clinical trials are eligible  
  • Total project period may not exceed 12 months, with the option to submit a renewal request in the following year for an additional year of funding  
  • Budget for direct costs for the total project period may not exceed $50,000  
  • Proposal budgets can support research expenses, such as fellows/trainee’s salary support, research staff, supplies, shared resources services. Proposal budgets may not include equipment including computers, travel or tuition remission costs.
  • Support for established faculty effort is not allowed
  • If research takes place at a VA Hospital or uses VA data, the applicant must receive pre-approval from the DCI Scientific Review Chairs and the DCI Director of Research Strategy and Operations prior to submission 

Deadline: Jan. 27, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

This opportunity is open to all DCI members or associate members as well as non-DCI members.  Any non-DCI member or associate member is required to have a DCI member as a sponsor.  Investigators who are the primary PI or Co-PI on any active DCI pilot project grant are ineligible to apply.  

Applications from new investigators (less than three years faculty status at Duke), fellows, trainees, as well as underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.

 Investigators may be either PI or Co-PI on only one application. There is no limit to the number of applications that an Investigator can be listed as Co-Investigator or Collaborator.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

January 27, 2023