GMaP Grant

Building on its commitment to reduce cancer health disparities in the Mountain West, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has received funding to aid in development of cancer health disparities researchers from the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities (GMaP) program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to aid in development of cancer health disparities researchers.

The GMaP grant supports researchers through these means:

  • Virtual engagement and mentorship
  • Interactive distance education and mentoring approaches
  • Traditional face-to-face interaction

GMaP Objectives

These are the objectives of GMaP:

  • Advance the science of cancer health disparities research
  • Promote development of the next generation of underrepresented cancer and cancer health disparities researchers
  • Contribute to measurable reductions in cancer health disparities in this region

In support of the above objectives, GMaP Region 6 has awarded more than $70,000 in travel funds and $200,000 in pilot funds, and we have matched more than 20 trainees to mentors since 2015.

GMaP Region 6 Programs

Travel Funds Program

The GMaP Research Scholar Travel Funds Program is currently accepting applications for events/activities that occur before April 30, 2020, 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 $1,500 in travel expenses for these types of events:

  • Conferences
  • 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 $1,500 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 10-month grants for new or early stage investigators focused on cancer health disparities. Funds awarded may be adjusted based on institutional indirect costs. 

Due to the evolving response to COVID-19 and concerns about delays to research, GMaP Region 6 is accepting applications for mini pilot fund awards ($10,000-15,000). If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a mini pilot fund award, please review the Pilot Funds Program fact sheet below.

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 competed successfully for 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 for the 2020­–2021 funding year are now open.

Learn more by reviewing the Pilot Funds Program fact sheet and application. Application is due by 5:00 pm MST on May 1, 2020.

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