Pilot Project Program

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC) provides funds to its members through multiple pilot grant award mechanisms with the purpose of supporting the acquisition of cancer relevant preliminary data that will lead to external grant funding and published work by Cancer Center members. Priority for these awards is given to innovative cancer-focused research that advances the goals of the UNMCCC Research Programs and Clinical Working Groups. These pilot projects cover clinical, basic, and population science research and span in size and complexity from post-doctoral and graduate student matching, to mid-range project development, to large scale collaborative efforts between multiple labs. Below please find an outline of each funding mechanism, associated deadlines, contact information and a link to the RFA for each award.

Please contact UNMCC-PilotProgram@salud.unm.edu for any general questions. Contacts for each pilot program are listed below for more technical question. We look forward to hearing about your novel ideas in your research proposals!


Internal Competition

American Cancer Society — Institutional Research Grant

The University of New Mexico (UNM) has been issued an Institutional Research Grant (IRG) by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. The purpose of this grant is to increase the base of cancer-related research at UNM through pilot awards to faculty members campus-wide.

Junior faculty members with appointments in all Schools and Colleges of UNM are eligible for research support through the ACS IRG.

Special Interest applications are due Nov. 1


The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is holding an internal competition for our center’s nomination to the 2018 V Foundation Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Research Fund.  Submit a one-page summary and biosketches for key personnel to UNMCC-PilotProgram@salud.unm.edu by Wednesday August 8. Applicants will be notified if selected to submit full applications.

2018 V Foundation Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Research Fund

The V Foundation is seeking to support research into the biological basis of and prevention of long-term adverse effects (such as premature death, second neoplasms, organ dysfunction, reduced growth and development, decreased fertility, impaired cognitive function) from both conventional therapies including XRT, surgery and targeted therapies, as well as newer immunotherapies. As immune-based therapies become more common, research is also needed regarding infections disease complications.

Full Applications: 9/17/18
Start Date: 12/2018


Cancer Center Funded Pilot Projects

Pilot Project Application

FY2019 Pilot Project Due Dates

6/15/2018: Shared Resources
7/16/18: Shared Resources, Matching Support & Research Project Support Pilots
10/15/18: Shared Resources Pilot
2/15/19: Shared Resources, Matching Support & Research Project Support Pilots
5/15/19: Shared Resources Pilot
Rolling Submissions: Bridge, Focused Interactive Groups (FIGs), EPCRS, Near Pay Line Resubmissions & Off-Setting Cut