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VCU Massey Cancer Center


Massey Pilot Research Grant Program

VCU Massey Cancer Center offers funding for pilot projects to encourage new collaborative cancer research projects. Massey research members and associate members are eligible to apply for up to $50,000 for a one-year project. RFA's are typically issued in January and June.

The intent of these pilot projects is to provide initial funding for new, collaborative projects with significant involvement of at least two independent investigators. A major purpose of this program is to allow collaborative research teams the ability to gather preliminary data needed for the investigators to prepare a successful grant application for a larger study.

All interested investigators are required to submit a Pre-Application Form prior to submitting a full application. Pre-Application Forms, Submission and Budget Guidelines, as well as the latest Call for Applications are available below.

*Final Applications DUE: March 30, 2020

Current Documents:

Upcoming Cycle Dates: 

Massey's internal funding program, including the pilot grants, is currently undergoing review by senior leadership. Once this review is complete, we will announce the future plans to membership and post the new dates in the table below. Thank you for your patience in the interim.

Request for Applications Issued (RFA)

Pre-Applications DUE

Final Applications DUE


December 2019

January 2020

March 2020

May 2020



Interested researchers or for assistance accessing related program information, please contact:

Olivia Patterson, MAOL

Research Programs Coordinator
VCU Massey Cancer Center
Office: (804) 628-3400

To view a list of recently awarded Pilot Projects, please click the link below.

Recently Awarded Massey Cancer Center Pilot Projects (2017 & 2018)