Call for Proposals


Due Monday, August 1, 2011

The Purdue University Center for Cancer Research invites applications for one-year, cancer-focused research grants from junior faculty for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Small Grants Program.  This program is supported by an Institutional Research Grant to the Purdue Center for Cancer Research from the ACS. 

The awards are restricted to tenure-track junior faculty within six years of their appointment whose research programs are not yet supported through national competitive research grants and who must be, at the time of the application, citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or its possessions and territories, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence at the time of application. 

Proposals will be funded at the $ 30,000 level for one year.  An individual may apply for a one year competitive renewal of a previously funded pilot project grant (Committee will require review of a progress report for consideration).


Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria: Cancer relevance, scientific merit, novelty, and significance.  It is important to emphasize cancer relevance throughout the application. 


Proposals will be evaluated by the Center for Cancer Research Institutional Research Grant Committee for the ACS.  This committee is chaired by the Center Director and consists of faculty at all professorial ranks.  Members of this committee represent the four scientific programs within the Center.


A PDF or Word file of the application must be submitted on ACS grant forms and include the Center cover page.  Forms are also available on the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research Website, (select: for researchers / funding for researchers).  All applications are due to the Center Office by 5 pm on August 1, 2011.  Applications require prior approval of the appropriate department head and dean, but do not require completion of the university transmittal check sheet.



The proposal should be single spaced and include the following:

1.     Center Cover page

2.     The mandatory ACS application form pages (note budgetary restrictions below)

3.     Description of Research Proposed (page 3 of the ACS application form)

The following should be included in this section (#3) and not exceed six single spaced typed pages:

  • Brief Abstract
  • Specific aims of the project
  • Background and Significance (This section should emphasize cancer relevance and any previous contributions made by the principal investigator and others.)
  • Plan of Research
  • Cited Literature

4.     C.V. of the principal investigator



The following budgetary restrictions apply to ACS grants administrated by the Center:

  1. Budget must not exceed $ 30,000
  2. Allowed: Research supplies/animal maintenance, technical assistance, domestic travel (limited), publication costs, costs of computer time, special fees (e.g. pathology, photography, etc.), stipends for graduate student/postdoctoral (related to sustaining the funded project), registration fees for scientific meetings, and equipment costs not exceeding $ 2000. 
  3. Not allowed: Salary for the PI; foreign travel; salary for clerical support, and honoraria and travel for visiting lecturers.



Please submit application to Kim Crist ( 

For questions contact Doug Cuttell (phone: 494-5022; email: ( or visit the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research Website: