Idea Awards

The purpose of this RFA is to stimulate the development of high-quality, innovative cancer research projects that will move forward to nationally-funded grant awards. Idea awards provide early funding support for high-risk, high-payoff research for which external grants are difficult to obtain.

About the Award

HCC leadership anticipates distributing awards of up to $50,000 for one year without the option to renew. Awardees are required to submit a timeline showing when an NCI R01 equivalent grant will be submitted. In addition, a final progress report is required upon project completion including an outline of project results and grant applications submitted and/or planned for submission. PIs are expected to seek regulatory (e.g., IACUC, IRB) approvals in a timely manner. Any extensions will require prior approval. Please note that the funding cannot be released until all applicable human and animal subject protocols have been approved and copies have been sent to Diane Wallace at All publications derived from this funding must site the HCC’s Cancer Center Support Grant (P30 CA138313).


  • Proposed research must be cancer relevant.
  • While all PIs are eligible to apply for the Idea award, priority will be given to junior investigators.
  • All PIs must commit to participate in fundraising efforts for the 2018 Hollings bike ride event before November 2018.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult a biostatistician when developing the research design and methods of their proposals. To meet with a biostatistician, please contact Dr. Betsy Hill, director of HCC Biostatistics Shared Resource.

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