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Travel Funds Program

The GMaP Research Scholar Travel Funds Program is currently accepting applications for events and/or activities to support career development opportunities for cancer and cancer health disparities researchers. This program is designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early career scholars (such as research scientists), junior faculty (within five years of faculty appointment), and recent K Award, R03, and R21 recipients interested in cancer and health disparities research.

The Research Scholar Travel Funds will reimburse up to $1,000 in travel expenses for these types of events:

  • Virtual and in-person conferences
  • Virtual and in-person workshops and trainings
  • Grant development/grantsmanship
  • Mentor/mentee meetings
  • Other qualified career development opportunities

Eligible scholars must complete these requirements:

  • Reside in a GMaP Region 6 state (ID, MT, NV, ND, SD, UT, and WY)
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Complete a GMaP Region 6 travel stipend application
  • Be conducting or be interested in conducting cancer research in clinical, basic, behavioral, or population science areas

Special notes:

  • Limited funds are available. The applicant may request up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Only one application and/or activity per scholar will be awarded per grant year (May–April).
  • No membership fees may be paid through this award.
  • Original receipts are required for reimbursement directly to the awardee.

Applications must be received no less than 30 days prior to intended travel. Early applications are encouraged!

Learn more by reviewing the Research Scholar Travel Funds fact sheet and application

Pilot Funds Program

Pilot funds ($20,000) are 12-month grants for new or early stage investigators focused on cancer health disparities. Funds awarded may be adjusted based on institutional indirect costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for pilot funds must meet these requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a member of the GMaP Region 6 Network
  • Be addressing a relevant cancer health disparity problem within Region 6
  • Be a PhD candidate with proof of enrollment and/or a new or early-stage investigator at an institution within GMaP Region 6
    • New Investigator—individual has not previously earned a substantial NIH independent research award.
    • Early Stage Investigator (ESI)—individual is within 10 years of completing terminal research degree, medical residency, or equivalent.

Applications are closed.

Biospecimen Award Program

The Biospecimen Award Program hopes to improve access to biosamples for research among regional trainees. The awards will support the cost associated with obtaining samples for independent research.

All Region 6 partners will be able to obtain samples from the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Intermountain Health Care (IHC) Biorepository. Other biorepositories can be used after approval from the GMaP Region 6 program directors.

Learn more by reviewing the Biospecimen Award fact sheet and application.

Expert Grant Review Program

The Expert Grant Review Program is intended to assist new and early stage investigators who are applying for funding awards with feedback from senior researchers in their field. The GMaP Region 6 team will facilitate the review process on behalf of the applicant investigator.

Grants are welcome from the following categories:

  • Basic science research
  • Clinical/translational research
  • Socio-behavioral/population science research

GMaP Region 6 has a variety of cancer and cancer health disparities researchers who are experienced in grant writing and in achieving successful funding outcomes. Feedback from such experts may be useful to new or early-stage investigators prior to submitting a competitive grant application.

Learn more by reviewing the Expert Grant Review fact sheet and application.

Virtual Mock Study Section Program

The Virtual Mock Study Section is intended to help early-stage investigators increase the likelihood of funding success when applying for R, K, and F series grants. Two virtual study sections will be held per year, one in the spring and one in the winter.

Grants are welcome from the following categories:

  • Basic science research
  • Clinical/translational research
  • Socio-behavioral/population science research

To learn more about the Virtual Mock Study Section, contact Emily Kay.

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Emily Kay

Regional Coordinating Director, GMaP Region 6