Idea Application

Full applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021. Please send a single PDF file to Brett Bechtol (

Application Instructions | Awardee Expectations

Application Instructions

Application Format (note the new instruction regarding pending support on the biosketches)

Use standard 11-point font, single space, and half-inch margins throughout the application. Consecutively number all pages.

Face Page

Complete the attached Face Page form.


200-word limit

Prior Internal Funding History

  • Mandatory; half-page limit.
  • Answer “Yes” or “No” to the question: “Have you ever received Hollings Cancer Center pilot project funding before?”
  • If “Yes”:

  • State the internal funding mechanism(s) and project(s) period of execution dates.
  • List any IITs that were facilitated by the pilot award.
  • List (including the dates) extramural application(s) submitted and extramural grants awarded that were derived from the pilot award.

Response to Previous Critiques

For resubmissions only; one-page limit.

Specific Aims (one-page limit)

State concisely the hypothesis to be tested and the specific aim(s) to be achieved during the one-year project period.

Research Strategy

  • Background-Significance-Innovation (one-page limit)
  • Approach (three-page limit)

Future Funding Plans

(Mandatory; 200-word limit): State the corporations, agencies, mechanisms, and timing of planned future grant applications that will utilize the preliminary data produced under this award. State how data from this application will be used to support extramural proposals.


Use PHS 398 form page four followed by a Budget Justification. Budget cap is $50,000 in direct costs. There are no indirect costs allowed. No faculty salaries, student tuition and fees, or equipment should be included. Faculty effort related to this award must be listed. Salary or stipend support for laboratory personnel, RAs, postdoctoral fellows, study coordinators, etc. may be included. Every budgeted item must be classified into a category (e.g., supplies, patient care costs, etc.). Travel expenses will only be allowed when necessary to carry out the proposed research project.

Literature Cited

List only references pertinent to the proposed research. This is not included in the page limit.


NIH-format biosketches for all faculty team investigators must be included. Personal statements must include the specific role of the team member. New Instruction: In addition to the standard NIH-format biosketch sections (which include current and recent research support), include an additional pending support section that lists all pending grant applications. Describe any overlap or relationship between the pending application and this Idea Award application. Give the expected notification date for each pending application.

Letters of Support

Letters of support from the appropriate individuals, which may include your Hollings program leader, collaborator(s), and/or mentor (if pertinent), are required and should be sent in confidentiality to Brett Bechtol (

Junior Faculty

Please include a one-page mentoring plan with your application.

Awardee Expectations

  • Publications
  • R01 or equivalent grant submission within one year after pilot award period of execution.