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Tufts Collaborative Cancer Biology Award

Siobhan McRee - 2015 Recipient
Siobhan McRee, one of the 2015-2016 recipients

The Tufts Collaborative Cancer Biology Award was established in 2010. The awards are designed to provide support for innovative studies in cancer biology that will advance our knowledge of this disease and have the potential for translation and an eventual impact on patient care.



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The research supported by this award must involve the work of at least one GSBS faculty member and a GSBS PhD student training in his or her laboratory. Below are more details on the award and how to apply.

Collaborative Cancer Biology Research Award Goals

These awards are intended to help accelerate the pace of cancer biology research that can be translated into new approaches to this disease and provide students and faculty with access to innovative approaches or technologies that will advance cancer research.


Any GSBS faculty member and his or her GSBS PhD student working in the area of cancer biology are eligible to apply for this award. The faculty – student team may include additional Tufts faculty if participation is critical to the project. The award is intended to support thesis research by students who have established their research direction and garnered preliminary data. The work should also advance the ability of the faculty mentor to sustain current grant funding and assist in the development of new sources of funding related to cancer research. Students must be in good academic standing and plan to be enrolled throughout the duration of the award.


Up to $50,000 is available for each award. Budgets should include a justification detailing the need for the request. Allowable costs include:

  • Monies for research materials (including animal purchase or maintenance and equipment)
  • Stipend support for the student
  • Travel for the student to a national conference to present research findings

Review Criteria

Successful applications should clearly delineate the following

  • The rationale for the project and its relevance to cancer
  • Evidence of the eventual translational impact of the research
  • Evidence that completion of the research will impact the grant funding profile of the faculty mentor
  • A clear description of the work to be accomplished
  • The way this work advances/accelerates the student's thesis research
  • The role of the student in developing and executing the project
  • How the project will contribute to broadening the student's training in cancer research and the ability of the laboratory to employ innovative approaches to the cancer problem

Applying for a Collaborative Cancer Biology Research Award

Submission deadlines are announced annually each spring. Funding is from July 1 to June 30.

There are no pre-formatted application pages. However, the completed application should contain:

  • Cover page (name of student, name of PhD advisor, title of project)
  • Abstract (250 words maximum)
  • Rationale, Background and Innovation (1 page)
  • Research Plan (3 pages)
  • Literature Cited (not included in the page limits set above)
  • NIH-formatted Biosketches for the student and the faculty mentor (including all active and pending support information)
  • Budget, including justification

Other requirements include:

  • Arial 11 or Times 12 or similar fonts must be used
  • Margins must be at least 0.5"
  • Figures must be inserted within the text and are included in the page limitations
  • Pages must be numbered

If you have questions, please contact the GSBS Dean's Office at 617-636-6767.

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