Global Cancer Pilot Award

Project Award Amount: Up to $40,000 in direct costs over one year


Cancer now accounts for more deaths worldwide than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. By 2030, the number of annual global cancer deaths is projected to reach 13.2 million, due to population growth and aging. Nearly 70% of cancer-related deaths will occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The purpose of these grants is to support innovative projects that address topics related to prevention, screening, diagnosis, and/or treatment of cancer in LMICs.

These pilot awards are intended to support a wide range of research, including basic science, clinical/translational science, implementation science, epidemiology, social science, and behavioral science. Though all types of research will be considered, proposals with a strong, clearly-defined public health impact will be priortized. While applications to develop capacity-building projects are allowable, this mechanism will prioritize the funding of research projects that will lead to future NIH grant proposals or other substantive extramural funding. The project must be a collaboration between a UCSF faculty member or trainee and a named investigator at an academic institution in a LMIC. A letter of support from the collaborating LMIC institution is required with the submission. Residents, Post-Doctoral Fellows, or Clinical Fellows are encouraged to apply with a named UCSF faculty member on the application.

Funding decisions will be based on merit, responsiveness to this call for proposals, feasibility of completing the project in a timely manner, alignment with UCSF HDFCCC Global Cancer Program priorities, and availability of funds. In light of the Global Cancer Program’s aim to foster multi-disciplinary collaboration, proposals that stimulate new collaborations of scientists from diverse fields are strongly encouraged.

Eligibility requirements need to be met as of date of submission; no waivers are allowed.

Who's Eligible:
UCSF Faculty in any series (Ladder Rank, In Residence, Clinical X, Health Science Clinical, Adjunct) at all ranks (Instructors, Assistant, Associate, Full Professors) may apply.  Appointees to the Professional Research Series and Librarian Series may also apply. Residents, Post-Doctoral Fellows, and Clinical Fellows with protected research time are also eligible. If the Primary applicant is a trainee, a UCSF faculty mentor should be named.

Who’s Not Eligible?
Graduate students, and Specialists.

Submission Rules

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications
Projects that are in alignment with the overall priorities of the UCSF HFDCCC Global Cancer Program are encouraged. These priorities include developing or building meaningful collaborations between UCSF and LMIC institutions. Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed scientific investigation, the significance of the proposed research for the field of global cancer, the overall public health impact, and the potential of the proposal to lead to future successful NIH grant applications. Pilot projects that involve human subjects will require human research committee approval before funding is released.


STEP 1) Complete the electronic application form.  Please note there are several pieces of information that need to be provided directly via the electronic application form (selecting the appropriate grant mechanism, providing demographic information, uploading an abstract, etc.).

Click here to preview an inactive template of the electronic application form.

STEP 2) Upload your proposal as a SINGLE PDF that includes all the things listed in numeric order in the instructions below. 


Please write your proposal following the instructions listed below and create one single PDF file. Do not include form fields in your PDF document.

Proposal Length: Maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding table of contents, literature cited and Community Engagement component (if applicable).

Format Requirements: Arial font; 11 pt; minimum 0.5 inch for all margins; no appendices; include page numbers and table of contents.

1. P.I. Name(s) - If funded, PI1 will be the primary contact for the award set up and management. If the proposal has multiple PIs, both PI1 and PI2 need to meet the eligibility criteria listed for this grant mechanism. Only ONE application as PI (PI1 or PI2) is permitted per cycle.

2. Project Title

3. Proposal (maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding literature cited and Community Engagement component (if applicable).

  • Aims. Do not submit an application that describes an idea that is the same or similar to one used in a previously funded RAP grant. If it is a similar idea, describe how the new proposed research is uniquely different.
  • Feasibility: Describe what steps you are taking to ensure the proposed project can be completed within the one year project period for this grant (approximately 300 word max).
  • Background and Significance
  • Preliminary studies
  • Experimental Design and Methods (include time-table)
  • Explain how this pilot project is important for your career goals (e.g., lead to major funding, etc).

4. Detailed Budget: $40,000 maximum per proposal and please round up to the nearest thousand (i.e. instead of $39,869 list $40,000). PIs are required to list their effort whether it is paid or in kind.

Use the following form: PHS 398 Form Page 4, "Detailed Budget for the Initial Period": Add the network recharge rates to your budget.



Not Allowable

PI Salary *



Co-Investigator(s) Salary



Post Doc Salary



Administrative Support












Personal Computers












Research Staff Support (e.g. RSA; Lab. Technician)



Patient Care



International Subcontracts**



Indirect costs on Subcontracts


*NIH base salary cap. Fully justify all requests.

General guideline: PI partial salary support should not exceed 10% of the requested award budget NOT 10% of PI salary.  An amount over 10% of the award budget must be well justified. Multiple PIs can decide how to distribute the 10% salary support among themselves (e.g., 5%/5% or 6%/4%).

  • General Automobile and Employee Liability (GAEL) can be included in the requested budget
  • 10% includes SALARY & BENEFITS
  • The award amount is DIRECT COST ONLY

5. Budget Justification: Clearly and fully justify all costs.

6. NIH Bio-sketch of Principal Investigator(s) and Co-Investigator(s) and UCSF Faculty Mentor(s) (if applicable) (5 page maximum).

Use this version: Biosketch Version F. Include biosketches for all PIs of a multi-PI application, and any other key personnel such as Co-Investigator(s) or UCSF Faculty Mentor(s). In section "D. Additional Information", list the relevant recent past, planned, active, and pending proposals, including percent effort and total direct costs (annual), where possible. Include a brief discussion of any potential overlap with the current proposal.

 7. Letter(s) of support: Provide a letter of support from the department chair or other unit head VIEW SAMPLE.  In addition, for junior investigators, department chairs/unit heads should comment on the independence of the applicant and availability of research space and other resources for the proposed research. Include the letter of support at the end of your PDF proposal and address it to the RAP Committee. If there are multiple (two) PIs, a letter of support is required for both PIs. If PIs are in the same department, the chair can vouch for both PIs in a single letter.  A letter of support from the collaborating LMIC institution is required with the submission.