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Additional pilot funding opportunities

Other partnerships to support Massey pilot projects

Massey partners with a number of internal and external organizations to offer additional cancer-relevant pilot funding to Massey investigators. Explore current funding opportunities below.

The Tina L. Bachas Oncology Nursing Research Award supports nurses in a broad spectrum of oncology research endeavors. Research projects may range from basic laboratory-based research to clinical research to evidence-based quality-improvement projects. Projects must be led by a registered nurse and focus on some aspect of cancer.

Named after Tina L. Bachas, the award honors Massey’s first director of oncology nursing. Ms. Bachas and her husband have committed their support in honor of Dr. Walter Lawrence, Jr., with whom Ms. Bachas worked with throughout her tenure at Massey.

Applicant eligibility and award details

  • Principal investigators must be a registered nurse and be employed by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) or VCU Health
  • Non-faculty applicants (e.g., staff) must include a letter of support from the head of their department

Stay tuned for more information on the next call for applications

The Pauley Heart Center and Massey are offering a one-time funding opportunity for a pilot project grant to stimulate new collaborative research initiatives in the field of Cardio-Oncology. Projects should address issues related to immunology, obesity, inflammation and metabolism, biomedical engineering, imaging, exercise physiology, behavioral science or population based sciences.

Applicant eligibility and award details

  • The project must involve two or more independent investigators, each of whom substantively contribute to the research. At least one of the collaborating investigators should be an MCC member or an investigator eligible for MCC membership.
  • Award amount is up to $50,000 for a one-year project period.
  • Proposed projects must not fall within the specific aims of a currently funded project of any of the collaborating investigators.
  • Established researchers and senior faculty must demonstrate how this project would represent a change in focus for them.
  • Special emphasis will be given to projects involving cardio-oncology as it pertains to immunology, obesity, inflammation and metabolism, biomedical engineering, imaging, exercise physiology, behavioral science, or population based sciences.
  • Preference will be given to projects that have at least one aim that addresses cancer disparities or focuses on minority health research.

View full award details and submission guidelines

Swim Across America, the official charity for swimmers, exists to raise money for their network of doctors and researchers who are the pioneers developing new cures and treatments to end cancer. Through this initiative, Massey selects promising research by a junior investigator(s) to help springboard their project and ultimately help take their research to the next level.

Applicant eligibility and award details

  • Principal investigators must be an MD or DO, MD/PhD, or PhD
  • If MD or DO, the applicant must at least be in their 3rd or 4th year of an accredited oncology fellowship training program and involved in cancer research
  • All applicants must be in his/her initial academic appointment, within 5 years from completion of fellowship training, and involved in cancer research