Funding Opportunities

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Bridge Funding Program

This bridge funding mechanism is intended to provide interim support for Buffett Cancer Center Members with investigator-initiated, cancer-focused applications that were recently submitted to federal funding agencies and narrowly missed agency pay lines. The purpose of this program is to support the efforts necessary to produce additional data for promising cancer research projects, in order to strengthen related proposal resubmissions. To be considered for bridge funding, the existing application must have strong cancer relevance; basic, clinical, and population research projects are acceptable. The applicant must have received a peer review summary statement indicating high scientific merit. Applications for bridge funding for proposals that were not scored will not be accepted. For program guidelines and additional information about this funding opportunity, please review the Request for Applications available at the link below.

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Bridge Funding Program Request for Applications


Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Pilot Projects Program

2018 Request for Applications

Program Overview: The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is accepting applications seeking support for innovative, significant pilot projects in cancer research. The purpose of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Pilot Projects Program is to sponsor high-quality, novel, cancer-focused research in order to foster the development of early-stage projects and encourage their transition to securing external funding.


Funds Available: One-year pilot project awards of up to $50,000 will be made (for single-PI proposals). In order to encourage multi-PI and research program-type proposals, developmental awards of up to $75,000 for multi-PI projects involving two Principal Investigators and up to $100,000 for SPORE/P01/U01-type projects involving three PIs are also being offered. Larger multi-PI awards can only be made for proposals submitted for consideration under funding target areas #1-5; see below for further details regarding funding target areas.

Funding Target Areas: This is an omnibus request for applications for projects in eight target areas. The objective of this RFA is to help initiate pilot research projects that have the potential to develop into nationally funded, high-impact translational cancer research projects. The Buffett Cancer Center and its collaborating partners have identified research priorities that will enhance quality of translational research in the Cancer Center and at UNMC, thereby improving competitiveness for NCI and NIH funding and designation as a comprehensive cancer center. Those research programs or areas of research interest targeted for funding include:

#1 – Molecular and Biochemical Etiology of Cancer Program
#2 – Cancer Genes and Molecular Regulation Program
#3 – Gastrointestinal Cancer Program
#4 – Cancer Prevention and Control
#5 – Pediatric Cancer, in collaboration with the UNMC Pediatric Cancer Research Center
#6 – Multiple Myeloma Program
#7 – Clinical and/or Translational Cancer Research, in collaboration with the Great Plains IDeA-CTR
#8 – SPORE in Pancreatic Cancer Developmental Research Program

Applications can be submitted for consideration under more than one target area, if applicable.

Application Deadline: Proposals are due on Monday, October 1, 2018, by 5:00 pm CT. Applications should be submitted to Kelly Jordan

Additional Information: For more information, see the program Request for Applications at the link below.

FPBCC Pilot Projects Program 2018 Request for Applications 

Forms for Applicants:

FPBCC Pilot Projects Program Application Forms