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 Clinical Investigator Development Initiative (CIDI)  

Program: The University of Vermont Cancer Center (UVMCC) will provide support of 25% effort for 2 years (at NIH cap) for up to two clinicians to facilitate productivity and career development as clinician investigators. 

Rationale: UVMCC seeks to promote the development of investigator-initiated cancer-focused interventional (non-observational) clinical trials, and enrollment to cancer clinical trials overall, in order to provide the best opportunities for patients with or at risk for cancer.  Academic development and assistance of clinician investigators supports this goal1. 

Eligibility: Assistant or Associate Professor level faculty, or equivalent position with UVM Medical Center appointments, who are licensed providers in the State of Vermont, are eligible to apply. 

Support: Successful candidates will be awarded funds to support 25% of faculty effort (at NIH cap) for 2 years to engage in cancer-focused scholarly activity.  UVMCC will cover costs associated with utilization of the UVMCC Clinical Trials Office (CTO) for project related activities.  Successful candidates will also be provided with up to $50,000 for other costs, including but not limited to study-related laboratory testing, statistics, community outreach and survey costs. 

Deliverables: Successful candidates will be expected to develop and activate a minimum of one (1) investigator-initiated interventional clinical trial during each year of support, support enrollment to these trials, and explore collaborations with laboratory or population-based investigators for additional translational, implementation or dissemination research projects which may lead to future extramural funding applications.  A progress report is due 1 month prior to completion of the first year of support.  Year 2 funding is dependent on demonstration of progress toward the outlined goals and objectives. 

Mentoring: All candidates will be required to establish and maintain a mentoring team that meets no less than quarterly and includes 1) an internal UVM/UVMMC senior faculty member, 2) the Cancer Center Director (Dr. Holcombe) and 3) an external member (determined by the candidate and internal mentor with approval by Director). 


  • Request for Applications (RFA) announcement: January 5, 2022
  • Proposal due date: April 29, 2022, 5:00pm
  • Notification of awards: June 1, 2022
  • Earliest start date of award: July 1, 2022

Submission guidelines: For a full copy of the Request for Applications, including application forms and instructions, please go to: CIDI 1-5-22

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

UVM Cancer Center Summer Student Fellowships in Cancer Research


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

University of Vermont Cancer Center Pilot Projects

Application process for CY 2022 awards has closed.
Please check back in summer 2022 for application information for awards starting January 1, 2023.

The University of Vermont Cancer Center Pilot Project awards support pilot projects that pursue novel ideas in cancer research at a funding level of up to $50,000. Areas of supported research include basic science, behavioral, bench, bidirectional, clinical, clinical trial, computational, data analytic, epidemiological, preventive, and translational studies. Projects not requiring regulatory approvals must be completed within one year; clinical trials or other projects requiring IRB approval may be permitted up to two years for completion. Applicants must present a clearly defined path to extramural funding.These awards are open only to UVM Cancer Center Full or Associate Members.
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Questions? Contact edward.north@med.uvm.edu