Team Science Application

Full applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Please send a single PDF file to Brett Bechtol (

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”:

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

Response to Prior Critiques

For resubmissions only; one-page limit per project.

Overall Program Goals and Specific Aims

Two-page limit. If interinstitutional, explain why collaboration between SCSU and MUSC is important to achieve program goals and how it increases the likelihood of future extramural funding.

Program-Related Publications

Does not count against page limits.

For Each Project

  • Project Goals and Specific Aims - State concisely the hypothesis to be tested and the specific aim(s) to be achieved during the two-year project period (one-page limit).
  • Research Strategy (four-page limit)
    • Background-Significance-Innovation (one-page limit)
    • Approach (three-page limit)
  • Future Funding Plans (Mandatory; 200-word limit) - State how preliminary data from this project will be used to support extramural proposals. State the agencies, mechanisms, and timing of planned future grant applications that will utilize the preliminary data produced under this Team Science Award.
  • Literature Cited - List only references pertinent to the proposed research.  References do not count against the page limit.

Description of Potential Cores

Optional; one-page limit for each core. Include a description of how each core will support projects.


Use PHS 398 form page four followed by a budget justification. Budget cap is $150,000 in direct costs. No indirect costs are 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.

Potential External Advisory Board (EAB) Members

Include a list of member names.


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 Team Science 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 Cancer Center program leader, collaborator(s), and/or mentor (if pertinent), are required and should be sent in confidentiality to Brett Bechtol (

Awardee Expectations

  • Publications
  • P01, MPI R01, or equivalent center-level grant submission within one year after pilot award period of execution.