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Seed money set for pilot projects in cancer research

Two physicians review cancer research data on a dual computer monitor. (Photo/National Cancer Institute)

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has available funds from the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (IRG) to provide funding up to $25,000 for beginning cancer research projects.

The primary purpose of these grants is to serve as “seed” money to permit the initiation of promising new projects or novel ideas by junior faculty.  Support of investigators who have a competitive national research grant or who have received prior support from the IRG is not permitted. Projects in any area of cancer research — basic, clinical, epidemiological, behavioral, etc. — will be considered.

Allocations are made by the director of the Norris cancer center based upon the recommendations of the Scientific Review Committee after its review of each application. The review of proposals takes four to six weeks.

Expenditures allowed:

•       research supplies and animal maintenance
•       technical assistance
•       domestic travel when necessary to carry out the proposed research program
•       publication costs, including reprints
•       costs of computer time
•       special fees (pathology, photography, etc.)
•       stipends for graduate students and postdoctoral assistants if their role is to promote and sustain the project presented by the junior faculty member
•       equipment costing less than $2,000. (Special justification is necessary for items exceeding this amount)
•       registration fees at scientific meetings

Expenditures not allowed:

•       salary of principal investigator
•       honoraria and travel expenses for visiting lecturers
•       secretarial/administrative salaries
•       student tuition and student fees, including graduate and undergraduate; however, tuition is an allowable expense for the principal investigator of a Mentored Research Scholar Grant (MRSG)
•       foreign travel (special consideration given for attendance at scientific meetings held in Canada)
•       books and periodicals except for required texts for coursework in the approved training plan for MRSGs
•       membership dues
•       office and laboratory furniture
•       office equipment and supplies
•       rental of office or laboratory space
•       recruiting and relocation expenses
•       nonmedical services to patients (travel to a clinical site or patient incentives are allowable expenses)
•       per-diem charges for hospital beds
•       construction, renovation or maintenance of buildings/laboratories

An application form must be filed no later than 5 p.m. PST on Sept. 3. For more information, contact Norma Sayoto at

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