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Massey Multi-investigator Award Program

The Massey Cancer Center offers funding for multi-PI research projects to encourage collaborations in cancer research.

The purpose of this funding is to provide preliminary support to either 1) a team of two or more investigators that are expected to lead to a multi-PI external peer-reviewed grant submission (e.g. NIH Multi-Investigator R01) or 2) two synergetic projects from a team of two or more investigators that are being developed to lead to the submission of a program project grant. This funding mechanism is intended to bring together investigators 1) who are authorities in their respective areas of research, 2) whose research is complimentary, and 3) where both investigators are essential for the success of the project.

MCC multi-investigator awards are for up to $100,000 for one year. Only in cases where there have been exceptional scientific accomplishments, significant advancement towards stated research goals, compliance with awards terms and conditions, and availability of funds, will a second year of funding be awarded. This determination will be made by Senior Leadership of the Center after reviewing the progress report given after nine months of the award. 

All interested investigators are required to submit a Pre-Application Form which includes a one-page concept, one page leadership plan as well as biographical sketches and an other support document (use PHS 398 suggested format) for all investigators. Upon review of the Pre-Application Forms and concepts, projects that are determined to meet the criteria of the award and have a reasonable probability of funding will be invited to submit a Full Application.

Upcoming Dates:

Massey's internal funding program, including the multi-PI grants, is currently undergoing review by senior leadership. Once this review is complete, we will announce the future plans to membership and post the new dates in the table below. Thank you for your patience in the interim.

Request for Applications Issued (RFA) Pre-Applications DUE (if invited to submit) Final Applications DUE Awarded

Interested researchers or for assistance accessing related program information, please contact:

Lisa Mallory
Center Research Program Administrator
(804) 628-1750

2018 Awarded Multi-PIs at VCU Massey Cancer Center: 

  • “Improving breast cancer therapeutic response via epigenetic and immune reprograming” - Xiang-Yang Wang, Ph.D., Harry Bear, M.D., Ph.D.
  • “Targeting microRNA suppresses the oncogenesis and metastasis of HNSCC” - Jiong Li, Ph.D., Yue Sun, Ph.D.

2017 Awarded Multi-PIs at VCU Massey Cancer Center: 

  • "Immune modulation of NAFLD/NASH for the prevention of HCC" - Masoud Manjili, D.V.M., Ph.D., Arun Sanyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Michael Idowu, M.P.H., M.B.B.S., Dipankar Banyopadhyay, Ph.D.
  • "Determining the role of DREAM complex disruption in human papillomavirus16 (HPV16) carcinogenesis and the viral life cycle" - Iain Morgan, Ph.D., Larisa Litovchick, Ph.D.