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2021-2022 Categorical Opportunities

Statement of intent on a rolling call

Team science pilots

Team Science Mechanism (within VCU)

  • Encourages the development of team-based initiatives by providing support for larger MPI singular projects (intention is to apply for subsequent grant mechanism that will be greater than $500K annually in direct costs) and linked Multi-Project applications (e.g., P50, P01, U54).
  • For Multi-Project applications: At the time of submission, well-established scientific teams and projects are expected, with an anticipated NCI/NIH submission timeline within 12-24 months of receipt of MCC pilot funds. An Internal Advisory Board must already be established and have met at least once prior to Statement of Intent submission. A Letter of Support is required from the IAB Chair summarizing feedback from their latest meeting.
  • Total project period may not exceed 2 years.
  • Combined budget for direct costs for the total project period may not exceed $200,000 and can be split across multiple components (research projects, cores, etc).
  • For Multi-Project applications: In addition to scientific progress, it is expected that there will be significant progress in the administration and organization of the planned extramural grant application throughout the duration of this award. The release of year 2 funds will be contingent on the following being accomplished during year 1 of funding:
    • − Pre-application consultation meeting with the NCI/NIH.
    • − Convening of an External Advisory Board and submission of their report.
    • − Engagement with the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement to incorporate MCC Community Champions into the project development.
    • − Presentation on progress with MCC’s Senior Leadership Committee.
  • PI(s) are required to submit a Statement of Intent (rolling call) which will be reviewed by MCC’s Executive Committee and select applicants will be invited to submit a full application within eight weeks.

NCI CATALYST AWARD (Rolling Call)

This award is for MCC investigators who submit an application to the NCI which receives a promising score but not recommended for funding. These applications have a high probability for funding in an A1 submission. Criteria for funding includes:

  • NCI R01 Renewal (Type 2) Applications with a percentile of 25 and lower will be considered for funding up to $50,000 based on the strength of the plan to address the critiques.
  • NCI R01 New applications (Type I) Applications with a percentile of 25 and lower or a score of 30 or lower for special study sections will be considered for funding up to $50,000 based on the strength of the plan to address the critiques.
  • Multiple Project NCI P or U series applications: Applications with a percentile of 30 or lower or a score of 40 or lower for special study sections will be considered for funding up to $100,000 based on the strength of the plan to address the critiques.

All submissions for the NCI Catalyst Award will be reviewed on a rolling call by the MCC Executive Committee.