UVM Cancer Center Intramural Funding

The University of Vermont Cancer Center administers funding for Cancer Center members and other faculty for cancer-related projects, postdoctoral research, and career development.

University of Vermont Cancer Center Pilot Projects

Application process for 2024 awards has closed.
Please check back in Spring 2024 for information on 2025 program.

Request for Proposals
Pilot & Pre-Pilot Grants
Calendar Year 2024

The UVM Cancer Center (UVMCC) will provide funds for Pilot grants to support new projects for Cancer Center members. The criteria that will be evaluated for funding are as follow:

1. Quality of the science of the proposal (50%)

2. Potential that the project will lead to success in future applications for significant extramural funding and impactful peer-reviewed publications (25%)

3. Inter-programmatic proposal, use of shared resources (25%)


  • Cancer Center Full, Associate, Core Clinical, or Clinical Members
  • Must be a project not supported by existing extra- or intra-mural grant funding
  • No Cancer Center pilot grant funding within the past two years


  • Up to two Pilot grants can be awarded for this cycle, each at up to $50,000.
  • Up to three Pre-Pilot grants at up to $15,000 each can also be awarded for proposals describing an innovative idea, with minimal or no preliminary data. These Pre-Pilot awards provide a limited amount of seed money to generate preliminary data to support a future pilot award or small R03 type grant and are most appropriate for Clinical/Translational and Population Science projects, or any projects aiming to generate preliminary data for an extramural grant application.


  • Applications will be due by Monday August 21, 2023 at 11:59 pm via https://uvm.infoready4.com/#applicationGrid/1907006 .
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the UVMCC Pilot Grant Review Committee.
  • Notification of projects selected for funding will be made in November 2023.
  • The PI from each of the projects selected for funding will be asked to make a presentation describing their project at the Fall 2024 Cancer Center scientific retreat.
  • Pilot grant funding will start January 1, 2024. Projects requiring IRB approvals may apply for a two-year funding period; otherwise, funds from all other grants must be utilized within one year of award. Unexpended funds will require approval from the Director for carry over.
  • Funds may be utilized for research personnel salary, supplies and other research-related expenditures. Funds may not be utilized for PI salary support. Travel support is permitted only for presentation of the research conducted under the grant at scientific meetings and is limited to one trip (if allowable under UVM COVID guidelines). Please see Program Guidelines for more information on allowable expenses.
  • Individual faculty may participate in only one Pilot grant submission.
  • A one-page progress report is required at the end of the project period. Failure to provide a progress report will result in each PI being ineligible for future Pilot grant support.


Please click on the link below to download:

Past Awardees

Applications are due by Monday, August 21, 2023, at 11:59 PM

via https://uvm.infoready4.com/#applicationGrid/1907006


Questions? Contact edward.north@med.uvm.edu


UVM Cancer Center Summer Student Fellowships in Cancer Research


Application process for 2023 has closed.
Please check back in Spring 2024 for information on Summer 2024 program.

The UVM Cancer Center is supporting Summer Student Fellowships in Cancer Research.  Under this program students will receive a stipend of $3,000 for cancer-related basic, clinical/translational, or population science research conducted over an 8-12 week period under the mentorship of a UVM Cancer Center Full, Associate, Clinical or Core Clinical Member (see directory of Cancer Center membership at: http://www.med.uvm.edu/vtcancercenter/about/memberdirectory

Eligible candidates are medical students, nursing students and graduate students in LCOM, CNHS or the UVM Graduate College (masters or doctoral levels).  Students with alternative salary or stipend support for the summer are not eligible for this program.  An application should be submitted jointly by the student and mentor and should include the following:

  • Brief description of the proposed research project (one page)
  • Description of the student’s current position, qualifications, role in the project and how participation will further the student’s career goals (no more than one page)
  • Mentor’s NIH style biosketch

Students wishing to participate who need assistance in identifying a mentor should contact one of the research program leaders for guidance.  Please see: http://www.med.uvm.edu/uvmcancercenter/members/member-resources

Each mentor may submit only one application.  Similarly, each student may submit only one application.  Funding is available for up to 13 projects for the summer of 2022.

Each mentor of a funded proposal will receive $1000 for project related expenses.

All students will be expected to participate in an end of program poster session.  The Cancer Center will cover expenses related to poster printing.

Applications will be reviewed by the University of Vermont pilot award committee and must be submitted at https://uvm.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1863406 by no later than Monday, March 28 at 12:00PM (NOON).

Please click here to view Past Awardees

For questions, please contact edward.north@med.uvm.edu