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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
  • TBD: 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
  • Applicants must have participated in the Summit meeting associated with the award
  • Projects must be led by a multi-PI team, either an interdisciplinary dyad or a senior/junior dyad
  • At least one Community Champion must be included in the development of the project
  • Team leads should be from different disciplines/perspectives/expertise

LOI requirements

  • LOI’s 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 Lisa Mallory at malloryld@vcu.edu

Upcoming deadlines and award dates

  • May 17, 2022: LOIs due for Breast Cancer Summit abstracts by 5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • TBD: Selected applicants invited to submit a full, 6-page application
  • July 15, 2022: Full application due by 5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • TBD: Tentative project start date

Questions about Closing the Gap Pilot Awards?

Lisa Mallory, Center research program administrator
(804) 316-3030
malloryld@vcu.edu