Team Science Award

The purpose of this RFA is to stimulate the development of high-quality, multi-principal investigator (PI) program project grants that will move forward to nationally-funded grant awards.

About the Award

HCC leadership anticipates distributing awards up to $150,000 per year for up to two years. Projects with translational potential are encouraged, but not mandatory. Inter-programmatic teams are highly encouraged. Year two is contingent on the submission of an annual progress report (month 11) showing successful completion of project goals. PIs are expected to seek regulatory approvals (e.g., IACUC and IRB) in a timely manner. Any extensions will require prior approval. Please note that funding cannot be released until all applicable human and animal subject protocols have been approved and copies have been sent to Diane Wallace at Inclusion of projects from an outside institution are permitted with certain restrictions. Please contact HCC administration if you wish to explore this option. All publications derived from this funding must site the HCC’s Cancer Center Support Grant (P30 CA138313).


  • Proposed research must be cancer relevant.
  • All MUSC faculty members are eligible.
  • Applications must include at least three “team” investigators/project leaders and projects supporting an overall scientific theme.
  • The overall PI(s) must have a strong track record of peer-reviewed funding (active R01 grant or equivalent) and be MUSC faculty.
  • All PIs must commit to participate in fundraising efforts for the 2018 Hollings bike ride event before November 2018.

Evaluation & Review Process

Each full application will be assigned to both internal and external reviewers who have substantial expertise in cancer research and in reviewing grants programmatic/team science grants. 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.

Review criteria will include:

  • Standard NIH criteria (significance, innovation, approach, and investigative team).
  • Likelihood that preliminary results will lead to external peer-reviewed grant funding.
  • Evaluation of the overall program project (e.g., synergy, leadership, strength of the investigators, productivity potential impact of the proposed research).
  • Scientific plans for each team must also describe how the funds will provide study data that is critical to the future NCI application.

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