Team Science

About the Team Science Pilot Award

The Team Science Pilot Awards promotes the submission of team-based initiatives by providing support for larger multi-principal investigator singular projects. The intent is to enable subsequent multi-project cancer applications (NIH P- or U-series type mechanisms) for extramural funding opportunities. At the time of submission, multi-project submissions must have well-established scientific teams and projects, with an anticipated NCI/NIH submission timeline within 12 to 24 months of receipt of Massey pilot funds.

Award details

  • Up to $200,000 can be awarded across components (projects, cores)
  • Funding may not exceed two years of support
  • Release of a Year 2 funding is contingent upon the following accomplishments in Year 1:
    • Pre-application consultation meeting with the NCI/NIH
    • Convening an External Advisory Board and submission of their report
    • Engagement with the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement to incorporate an MCC Community Champion into the project development
    • Presentation on progress with Massey’s Scientific Steering Committee
  • A Massey investigator may only hold one active pilot research award at a time

Application requirements

  • A completed cover sheet should be included with the application.
  • An Internal Advisory Board (IAB) must already be established and have met at least once prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.
  • A Letter of Support is required from the IAB Chair summarizing feedback from their latest meeting.
  • Applicants are required to consult with a biostatistician as part of the proposal to assist with design and statistical methods if applicable. For biostatistical support, please contact Dr. Nolan Wages at, or visit the Massey Biostatistics Shared Resource.
  • Applicants are also encouraged to engage a Community Champion in the project. Please contact Dr. Maria Thomson at to set an appointment for your consultation.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Principal investigator(s) are required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) and select applicants will be invited to submit a full application within eight weeks. LOIs can be submitted at any time throughout the year to Alex Haynes at

View the 2023 Team Science FOA

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

Previous awardees

Awardees Project
Devanand Sarkar, Ph.D.
Professor, Human & Molecular Genetics
Huiping Zhou, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Xiang-Yang (Shawn) Wang, Ph.D.
Professor, Human & Molecular Genetics
Paul B. Fisher, Ph.D.
Professor, Human & Molecular Genetics

Gastrointestinal cancers (GI):
Exploiting Therapeutic Vulnerabilities in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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