Call for Proposals
Center for Cancer Research


Deadline: April 1, 2014

The Purdue University Center for Cancer Research is allocated SIRG Graduate Research Assistantships from the Office of the Vice President for Research.  The Center is soliciting nominations from Center members’ laboratories (only) for outstanding graduate students undertaking cancer-related research. 

Criteria:  Significance and relevance to cancer will be given high priority in awarding the Center administered SIRG Assistantships.  In addition, the approach to the research will also be evaluated.  Please indicate the predicted outcomes for the proposed research plan (publication(s) and/or the contribution of the research to extramural grant submission).
Only students in good standing (minimum GPA = 3.0 or higher) working for the Ph.D. degree may apply.  Students must have passed the oral prelims and/or be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy before June 1, 2014, the start date of the award.  If by June 1, 2014 an awardee has not fulfilled this requirement, the SIRG will revert to the Center. 

A “Mandatory Information Form” must be submitted with your application.  It can be obtained from our web page or by e-mailing Please indicate on the application whether this proposal is also being submitted to another department and identify which department.  Also, it is important to understand who is writing the submitted proposal (student or professor).  Applications that are submitted through other departments can be submitted to the Center in response to this call providing the projects are cancer relevant.

The following should be included in the application, which is not to exceed five single spaced typed pages, have Helvetica/Arial 11 point font or larger, and ½ inch margins:

  1. SIRG Mandatory Information Form with appropriate signatures (not included in page limit)
  2. Specific Aims of the project
  3. Background and Significance (This section should emphasize cancer relevance)
  4. Plan of Research (Remember to state the outcomes and/or path to extramural funding)
  5. Cited Literature (not included in page limit)

The following should be included in the application but is not within the five page limit:

  1. Brief CV of the student including grade point average and number of semesters in the program
  2. Letter of recommendation from the major professor which must include a paragraph stating the cancer relevance of the project and why it should be supported by a Center SIRG award.

Electronic copies are due to the Center Office ( by 5:00 PM, April 1, 2014.  Recipients are required to submit a one page summary of the project in lay language before the award is activated.  Activation date of this award is July 1, 2014 for a period of one year.

For questions contact Doug Cuttell (phone: 45022, email: