Pilot Projects

Application for Pilot Projects DUE March 1st, 2017

The Chicago Region Physical Science-Oncology Center (CR-PSOC) will award funding to two pilot projects that are closely aligned with the central research mission of the Center.   The CR-PSOC, part of a network of national centers funded by the National Cancer Institute, is focused on the “Spatio-Temporal Organization of Chromatin and Information Transfer in Cancer”.  Pilot projects should address functional and structural changes in chromatin, chromosomes or nuclei that impact tumorigenesis.  Selected projects will be funded for one year for up to $40,000 direct costs each.


  • Applicants must be an independent investigators who is tenured, tenure-track, clinical investigator track or research-track faculty.
  • Project must be innovative and closely aligned with the overarching framework of the CR PS-OC.
  • Proposals from current CR PS-OC members must represent new work, not enhancements of current CR PS-OC projects.
  • Minority and female investigators are strongly encouraged to apply, however pilot project program applicants will not be asked to identify their gender or racial/ethnic status.

Submit a proposal of no longer than 3 pages consisting of:

  1. Abstract
  2. Statement of Relevance of the proposed project to cancer research and the mission of the Center.
  3. Project Plan, including: background, preliminary studies, specific aims, research design and methodology, and timeline.

The following additional materials must be appended to the proposal:

  • Project Budget on NIH PHS398 form
  • Budget Justification
  • NIH Biosketches for Key Personnel

Proposal Evaluation
All projects will be reviewed by the CR-PSOC Executive based on: scientific merit, innovation, application of physical science approaches, and intercalation of project objectives with the objectives of the PSOC.   Funding recommendations must be approved by the Center Advisory Committee.

Submit applications as a single PDF via email to Center Administrator, Dr. Sheila Judge, s-judge@northwestern.edu .

Award Notification
Awardees will be notified via email.  The estimated start date for funding is May 1, 2016 and is contingent upon release of funds by NCI.  Awardees are required to participate in regular all-Center scientific meetings; to present their projects during the annual NCI site visit, and provide an annual written progress report for inclusion in the Center’s annual report to NCI.

Responsibilities of Awardees
Awardees are required to participate in regular Center scientific meetings e.g. “Science Jams”, to present their projects during the annual NCI visit, and provide a biannual written progress report for inclusion in the Center’s biannual reports to NCI.