Funding Opportunities

Buffett Cancer Center Pilot Projects Program


Program Overview:

The Buffett Cancer Center (BCC) is accepting applications seeking support for innovative, significant pilot projects in cancer research. The purpose of the BCC Pilot Projects Program is to sponsor high-quality, novel, cancer-focused research to foster the development of promising early-stage projects and encourage their transition to securing external funding.


Funds Available:

One-year pilot project awards of up to $50,000 will be made (for single-PI proposals). To encourage multi-PI and research program-type proposals, developmental awards of up to $75,000 for projects involving two principal investigators and up to $100,000 for SPORE/P01/U01-type projects involving three PIs are also being offered.

Funding Target Areas:

This is an omnibus request for applications for projects in six target areas. The objective of this RFA is to help initiate pilot studies that have the potential to develop into nationally funded, high-impact, translational cancer research projects. Priority will be given to projects with the highest scientific merit and those that advance the goals of established or developing research programs or that align with specialized areas of research emphasis within the Cancer Center. The BCC and its collaborating partners have identified research priorities that will enhance the quality of translational cancer research at the University of Nebraska, thereby improving competitiveness for NCI and NIH funding and facilitating comprehensive NCI designation for the BCC. Research programs and areas of research interest targeted for funding include:

#1 – Cancer Biology Program

#2 – Targets, Modulators and Delivery Program

#3 – Gastrointestinal Cancer Program

#4 – Pediatric Cancer, in conjunction with the UNMC/CHMC CHRI Pediatric Cancer Research Group

#5 – Multiple Myeloma Program

#6 – Clinical and/or Translational Cancer Research, in collaboration with the Great Plains IDeA-CTR

Applications can be submitted for consideration under more than one target area, if applicable.

Application Deadline and Submission:

Proposals are due on Wednesday, November 2, by 11:59 pm CT. Applications should be submitted to

Additional Information:

For complete proposal guidelines and formatting instructions, see the program Request for Applications here:

BCC Pilot Projects Program 2022 RFA <PDF>

Application version with editable forms is available here:

BCC Pilot Projects Program 2022 RFA_Forms <Word doc>