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Novel Agent Pilot Award

About the Novel Agent Pilot Award

The Novel Agent Pilot Awards supports collaborations between basic scientists and physician-scientists with the goal of developing biological agents to treat cancer. Projects should focus on the discovery of anti-cancer molecules (drugs and biologics) by Massey investigators and evaluation of molecules in the laboratory and ultimately, patients. These pilots may include research focused on small molecule drugs, antibodies, vaccines, CAR-T and other cell therapies that selectively kill tumors but not normal cells.

Award details and eligibility criteria

  • Award amounts are tailored to the scope and maturity of the drug development project.
  • Applications should be a multi-principal investigator (MPI) among basic and translational researchers. Each PI must be a full-time VCU faculty member, and at least one of the PIs must be a Massey research member.
  • IND-guided advanced preclinical studies are not supported through this award mechanism and should not be included in the proposal.

Application instructions

Completed applications should be sent as a single PDF file to Alex Haynes at with the subject line “Novel Agent Pilot Award”.

Upcoming deadlines and award dates

Stay tuned for updates on the next call for applications.

Download the LOI template


Contact Alex Haynes at or (305) 915-4200.