Center for Cancer Systems Biology

Interdisciplinary Pilot Study Funding in Cancer Systems Biology

Application window for the 2022-2023 awards is now closed

Interdisciplinary Pilot Study Funding in Cancer Systems Biology


The UCI Center for Cancer Systems Biology is pleased to announce that funding is available to support 1-year pilot grants to help UCI faculty enter or pursue new research directions in cancer systems biology.

The broad goals of the pilot project program are:

  • to enable faculty to pursue new and unexpected research directions and generate preliminary data for funding applications
  • to enable faculty to take advantage of the development of new experimental and theoretical modeling tools
  • to foster new multidisciplinary collaborations and broaden the participation of UCI faculty in cancer systems biology.

Applications that target the theme of CaSB@UCI will receive highest priority. Projects in CaSB@UCI focus on investigating "Complexity, Cooperation and Community in Cancer," which reflects the premise that cancer cells proliferate and evolve in complex environments that have been highly selected for the robust control of growth and differentiation, and that the behaviors of cancer cells can only be fully understood in the context of the design principles that govern that control.


  • Any UCI faculty investigator is eligible to apply.
  • Priority will be given to junior faculty members (within 6 years of employment at UCI) and to faculty members who are currently not members of CaSB@UCI.


  • CaSB will provide up to $25,000 per project.
  • Two projects are expected to be awarded on a competitive basis.

Application Requirements:

Applications should be no more than three pages in length, including figures but excluding references. The applications should also contain CV(s) of the proposing faculty member(s), and a brief, detailed budget and budget justification.

Reporting Requirements:

Pilot project awardees will be required to submit brief (1-page) progress reports 4 months after the starting date of the grant, and must submit abstracts for poster or oral presentation at the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium Annual Meeting expected to occur in September, 2022.


Application is no longer accepted for the 2021-2022 funding year. 


Questions related to the RFP should be directed to Profs. Lander, , Lowengrub , and Waterman

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