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Submit Applications for Elsa U. Pardee Foundation’s Grant Program – United States

Submit Applications for Elsa U. Pardee Foundation’s Grant Program – United States

Deadline: 31 December 2019

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation is inviting applicants for its grant program to support research in the field of cancer and to provide for others the advantages of new knowledge and techniques for the treatment of this related group of disabling and frequently lethal diseases.

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The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation was established in 1944 under the terms of the will of Mrs. Elsa U. Pardee, whose life was taken by cancer on October 2, 1944. Mrs. Pardee provided a $1 million trust fund “for the promotion of the control and cure of cancer”.

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation boldly broke tradition by considering their grant proposals and funding the most innovative approaches to conquering cancer a practice which continues to set this Foundation apart.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research to investigators in United States non-profit institutions proposing research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer.
  • The Foundation funds projects for a one year period which will allow establishment of capabilities of new cancer researchers, or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. It is anticipated that this early stage funding by the Foundation may lead to subsequent and expanded support using government agency funding.
  • Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified.
  • By design, there are no limits set on the grant amount that can be requested. It must be reasonably and clearly supported by the scope of the project outlined in the application.
  • Applications requesting more than 5% overhead are usually not considered.

Selection Criteria

  • General Information
    • General/Contact Information consists of the name of the Principal Investigator (PI), PI title, applicants recipient institution, project title, project duration / timeline, project cost, project summary, and PI and institution contact addresses.
  • Project Summary
    • The project summary (1700 characters maximum) of the grant application should summarize project hypothesis, goals, and experimental methods to be employed. Relevance of the project to cancer treatment and cure should be included.
  • Experimental Approach or Project Plan (Text only, unformatted, no images, characters or symbols)
    • Project Plan (maximum 20,000 characters). This section should provide project introduction, define project principle aims, and define project experimental approaches in text form.
  • References
    • References should be entered using the suggested format in the application.
  • Preliminary Results (May include images, .PDF format)
    • Preliminary results (two page maximum). Experimental results providing data supporting the application should be included. Graphs and pictures may be included in PDF format.
  • Personnel
    • Personnel are known individuals who would be receiving compensation for work toward the project. This page provides space for a brief CV of the PI. Additional pages should be used for coPI’s and research associates.
  • Budget
    • Budget information should include a personnel section detailing salary, fringes, percent effort on this grant, and calculated amounts requested for PI, coPI ’s and supporting personnel. Supplies and other items should be separately listed. Justification of the budget is also requested. Overhead is limited to 5%. Essential equipment cannot exceed $5000.
  • Current and Pending Grants
    • The list of pending and active grants for the PI/co-PI, and all key personnel (e.g., Research Associate, Consultants, etc.) should include Title, Role, Grantor, grant duration, grant amount, time committed by the PI, and the extent of overlap with this Pardee grant application. Additionally, the original Abstract for each currently funded and pending grant must be provided. Failure to provide this information will result in their application being removed from the review process.
  • Other Important Notes
    • Verification of institution nonprofit status will be requested and must be provide following grant application approval for funding.
    • Human subjects and experimental animal institutional approvals will be requested, and must be provided if applicable, following grant application approval for funding.
    • If multiple grants with substantial overlap are awarded, the expectation is the PI will accept only one funding source.

Recent Grants

  • Beckman Research Institute: $150,000 for the identification and characterization of founder cells in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
  • Johns Hopkins University: $163,364 for the study of single-cell secretomics for identifying presymptomatic pancreatic cancer
  • Michigan State University: $149,413 for a study to determine the genetics driving breast cancer metastasis to the lymph node
  • Pennsylvania State University: $199,762 for a study targeting a novel Fascin-Nrf2 signaling circuit in metastatic lung cancer
  • University of Alabama: $115,000 for a study targeting PRMT1 as a curative therapy for acute myeloid lung cancer
  • University of New Haven: $140,140 for the study of exosome mediated microRNA regulation of HPV negative cervical cancer
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston: $146,559 for the study of overcoming cisplatin resistance in head and neck cancer with crenolanib, a PDGFR-a small molecular inhibitor
  • Wayne State University: $182,289 for the study of epigenomic regulation of chromatin in cancer

How to Apply

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Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

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