J. Walter Juckett Scholar Award

The University of Vermont Cancer Center (UVMCC), through generous support from the Lake Champlain Cancer Research Organization (LCCRO), announces the availability of funds for the J.Walter Juckett Scholar Award. This two-year grant is awarded every other year to an investigator who has a demonstrated record of sustained productivity in cancer research.

Deadlines and Important Dates

The 2016 deadline has passed. Check back in the summer for the posting of the 2017 Application

Contact Ed North with any questions.

Investigator Eligibility

Applications are limited to individuals who are Full Members of UVMCC and whose research activities align with the three established UVMCC Programs:

  • Cancer Control and Population Health Sciences (CCPHS)
  • Host Factors and Tumor Progression (HFTP)
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Malignancy (MMM)

Investigators who are delinquent with required progress reporting on any previous awards are ineligible for new funding.

Research Project Criteria

Proposed projects should not fall within the specific aims of any of the candidate’s currently funded projects. Applications will be reviewed by a UVM Cancer Center selection committee which includes members of the LCCRO Scientific Advisory Committee. Grants will be awarded on the basis of novelty, scientific merit, need, relevance to UVM Cancer Center programmatic initiatives and potential for future, peer-reviewed funding. A major criterion will be the perceived probability that the research project will lead to the submission of a fundable research grant application to NCI, NIH or similar major source of funds. Reviewers are instructed to look for:

  • Innovation, first and foremost
  • Investigator record of sustained productivity in cancer research and effectiveness of translational investigation
  • Projects that are likely to be funded when submitted in grant application form to peer reviewed, extramural funding agencies, on the basis of results secured from the research funded by the J. Walter Juckett Scholar Award
  • Projects that are clearly cancer related research

The award will be for $75,000 for a two year, non-renewable period. The funds may be used at the discretion of the awardee except as noted below. The two-year award period will be 1/1/2017- 12/31/2019.

Allowable Expenses

  • Salaries for individuals occupying faculty positions
  • Research/laboratory supplies
  • Shared Resource expenses
  • Technical or laboratory staff salaries (including fringe benefits)
  • Stipends
  • Animal costs
  • Patient related costs and stipends associated with the project
  • Publication costs
  • Equipment (up to $2,500)
  • Research related contractual agreements
  • Travel directly related to the aims of the project

Non-Allowable Expenses

  • Equipment maintenance and service contracts
  • Secretarial/administrative salaries
  • Graduate and undergraduate student tuition and student fees
  • Textbooks/coursebooks and periodicals
  • Subscriptions to periodicals
  • Membership dues
  • Rental of office or laboratory space
  • Recruiting and relocation expenses
  • Construction, renovation, or maintenance of buildings/laboratories
  • Food costs associated with meetings or conferences held by investigative team

Application Process

All interested investigators are required to submit a Pre-Application which includes a one-page concept summary as well as well as a biographical sketch in PHS 398. Upon administrative review, projects that are determined to meet the award criteria will be invited to submit a full application.

The application date for 2016 has passed: Please check back in the summer for a 2017 call for applications.

Previous Recipients

CyclePrincipal Investigator (PI)Co-PIProject Name
2016-2018Nicholas H. Farina, PhDJane B Lian, PhD (Mentor)Therapeutic targeting of microRNAs promoting prostate cancer progression and metastasis to bone
2015-2017Jane B Lian, PhDDevelopment of Targeted microRNA Delivery to Prostate Cancer Cells for Therapeutic Intervention in Pre-clinical in vivo Studies
Albert van der Vliet, PhDDUOX1 Silencing in Lung Cancer


Please contact Ed North with any questions