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Closing the Gap Summit Award

About Closing the Gap Summit Awards

Part of Massey’s strategic Summit meetings, the Closing the Gap Summit Award is designed to promote catchment area, community-engaged and cancer disparities-relevant research with an emphasis on Massey’s four disease priority areas – breast, lung, gastrointestinal (GI) and prostate cancers. Summit meetings will be held throughout the year, each with an emphasis on one of the four priority cancers. Summit attendees are eligible to submit a letter of intent (LOI) for pilot project funding within a month of the Summit meeting. Two to three letters of intent will be invited to submit a full application following each Summit meeting.

  • April 19, 2022: Breast Cancer Summit
  • November 2, 2022: Lung Cancer Summit
  • TBD: GI Cancers Summit
  • TBD: Prostate Cancer Summit

Award details

  • Up to $75,000 will be awarded following each of the four planned Summits
  • All VCU faculty and trainees who participated in the summit associated with the award are invited to submit
  • Proposals should comprise a multi-principal investigator team, including at least two investigators (either an interdisciplinary dyad or a senior/junior dyad and one Community Champion), however teams can be larger
  • At least one Community Champion must be included in the development of the project. Please contact Dr. Maria Thomson at to discuss engagement of a Community Champion in your proposal.
  • Team leads should be from different disciplines/perspectives/expertise

LOI requirements

  • LOIs are due within 30 days of the most recent Summit
  • LOIs should include the name, department, role, mentor, concept title and a 250-word project description
  • LOIs should be submitted to Alex Haynes at

Download the Massey pilot LOI form

Upcoming deadlines and award dates

LOIs for the Lung Cancer Summit are no longer being accepted. Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming GI Cancers Summit in 2023.


Please contact Alex Haynes at or (305) 915-4200.