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July 18, 1996

Cancer research grants available

Applications are being accepted until Sept. 4 by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute for American Cancer Society (ACS) institutional grants for small cancer research projects.

The grants serve as seed money for promising new projects by junior investigators. Awards will be made by Oct. 1.

In awarding grants, the review committee considers both scientific merit and the perceived needs of investigators for funding to allow the generation of data for external grant support.

Awards will be made only to junior faculty who do not currently have a national grant to support their work and have not received prior support from the ACS institutional grant program.

Funding for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or residents will not be allowed unless their role is to facilitate the research of junior investigators who receive the award.

For junior investigators working in the lab of a senior investigator, the requested support must be for a different topic than that for which the senior investigator already has support. Both basic and clinical research are appropriate for the grant.

Approximately half of the funds will be allocated to projects focused on areas of high priority: a) studies designed to translate basic or laboratory findings to clinical applications for the prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment or breast, lung, ovarian, prostate or colorectal cancer; b) studies related to psychosocial or bio-behavioral research. Requests for these projects should be limited to $15,000.

A stipend of $2,500 is available for one graduate student in the professional health sciences to spend time in a research lab while enrolled in a degree program. Grant applications concerning any type of cancer research are eligible for funding to a maximum of $5,000.

In addition to the priority areas, applications are encouraged for research pertaining to cancer in the economically disadvantaged.

Applications are available from Denise Walker (692-4672), UPCI, 3471 Fifth Ave., Suite 201, Kaufmann Building.

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