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CPRIT 2011-2012 Core Facility Support Awards

Tuesday Mar 29, 2011

Sponsor:          Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Program:          Core Facility Support Awards 2011-2012
Program Guidelines:      The complete solicitation can be found at
Please submit the following materials to Jeff Meserve ( by Tuesday, March 29, 2011 @ noon.
1. Two page maximum lay abstract describing the aims of/needs for the proposed project.
2. Principal Investigator's CV

3. (Recommended) Short endorsement from Dept. Chair that will be incorporated into Dean's letter of nomination.
Program Description:   
CPRIT will foster cancer research in Texas by providing financial support for a wide variety of projects relevant to cancer research. This RFA solicits applications from institutions to establish or enhance core research facilities (laboratory based or clinical) that will directly support cancer research programs to advance knowledge of the causes, prevention, and/or treatment of cancer. CPRIT expects outcomes of supported activities to directly and indirectly benefit subsequent cancer research efforts, cancer public health policy, or the continuum of cancer care—from prevention to treatment and cure. To fulfill this vision, applications may address any topic or issue related to cancer biology, causation, prevention, detection or screening, treatment, or cure.
This award provides cancer researchers access to appropriate research infrastructure, instrumentation, and technical expertise necessary to achieve their research objectives. A wide variety of facilities can be supported, including, but not limited to, chemistry, high- throughput screening, biomedical imaging, proteomics, protein structure, molecular biology, genomics, metabolomics, animal physiology/metabolism, cell sorting, bioengineering, clinical research support, and the like. Funds may be requested to develop a new facility or to enhance the capabilities of an existing facility that will directly support and impact cancer research programs at the institution and in the region.
The maximum duration of the award is 5 years. The maximum amount that may be requested is $2 million (total costs) for the first year (minimum amount $100,000) and up to $1 million (total costs) for each subsequent year. Allowable expenses include the cost of instruments, installation and/or necessary renovation expenses in the first year (not to exceed 10 percent of the total first-year request), and maintenance/service contracts. In addition, applicants may request salary support and fringe benefits for the facility director, data analysts, and technical staff; travel to scientific/technical meetings or collaborating institutions is also an allowable expense for these individuals. All of these costs and expenses must be prorated for direct use in cancer research efforts. Also allowable are funds to support the use of the facility by qualified cancer research investigators for relevant projects (research supplies and services, clinical research costs, etc.). Institutions must describe the process to be used to disburse funds to support use of the facility by cancer investigators. Finally, some fraction of available funds may be used by the facility director for development of new or improved approaches to technical challenges. State law limits the amount of award funding that may be spent on indirect costs to no more than 5 percent of the total award amount.
An application previously submitted to CPRIT but not funded may be resubmitted once. More than one resubmission is not permitted. This policy is in effect for all applications submitted to date.
Please see the solicitation for complete information: