The Developmental Research Program (DRP) will fund small investigator-initiated projects with direct cost budgets of between $50,000-75,000. We are guaranteeing $200,000 per year for the DRP. Federal SPORE funds will make up $75,000 in the first year, with possible increases in subsequent years depending upon the availability of funds. Institutional commitment from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will provide $125,000 per year. Every effort to add additional philanthropic dollars to this amount will be made. In the previous DF/HCC Breast SPORE Grants, DRPs led to publications, grants, and clinical trials. One of the DRP awards from the previous SPORE has formed the basis of a large portion of Project 3 of this grant. The process for soliciting applications, awarding grants, monitoring research progress, and making decisions about ongoing funding are described in this section. The DRP has a transparent peer-reviewed selection process that incorporates defined criteria for funding decisions. The committee that oversees the process and selects the award recipients is the Developmental Research Program and Career Development Awards (DRP/CDP) Governance and Review Committee. The DRP will initiate a broad call for proposals to ensure the most promising early-phase research projects to receive meritorious funding, and investigators at all DF/HCC member institutions will be eligible to submit proposals. The DF/HCC has a large and talented investigator group to provide a wealth of applications from which to choose, and we anticipate a robust response to each and every request for applications that is announced.

Public Health Relevance

The Developmental Research Program awards will support early-phase research projects including: 1) enabling preliminary data;and 2) proof-of-concept experiments. The projects will all be focused on breast cancer research. This work should lead to more mature research projects with the goals of improving breast cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Type
Specialized Center (P50)
Project #
1P50CA168504-01A1
Application #
8607761
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZCA1-RPRB-0 (O1))
Project Start
2013-09-17
Project End
2018-07-31
Budget Start
2013-09-17
Budget End
2014-07-31
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$106,971
Indirect Cost
$45,845
Name
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Department
Type
DUNS #
076580745
City
Boston
State
MA
Country
United States
Zip Code
02215
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