Joint ISMMS-RPI Oncology Projects Request for Proposals Released – Deadline 12/15/16

The academic affiliation between the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) fosters educational and research collaborations and stimulates the development of new technologies to radically improve the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

The ISMMS-RPI Steering Committee has issued a request for proposals for collaborative projects in the area of oncology. This RFP builds on themes (listed below) developed during the recent symposium “New Connections in Cancer Research: Bridging Basic Science, Clinical Science, Engineering and New Technologies.” Other topics related to cancer may also be proposed.

Imaging, mechanical and biophysical approaches

  • Effects of mechanical and physical forces on tumor growth and metastasis
  • Biochemical and biophysical makeup of the tumor microenvironment: implications for cancer progression and therapy
  • Development of analytic tools to monitor cell populations and individual cells in vitro and in vivo
  • Development or refinement of advanced imaging methods for cancer detection and monitoring

Systematic identification of personalized cancer therapies

  • Cost-effective target/drug discovery platforms
  • Development/implementation of personalized immunotherapeutic approaches
  • Optimization of individualized chemotherapy regimen (combination, order, dose, schedule,…)
  • Strategies/tools for clinical testing of experimental personalized therapies
  • Strategies for managing and reducing treatment side effects

Systematic identification of cancer biomarkers

  • Prediction of tumor progression (e.g., survival rather than objective response)
  • Improved prediction of immunotherapy/drug response

Proposals should be submitted with the expectation that data generated will lead to submission(s) for extramural funding from the NIH and/or other external funding sources. If possible, the intended extramural grant program should be specified.

Applications should include at least one investigator each from ISMMS and RPI. All investigators with full-time academic appointments within the Mount Sinai Health System and at Rensselaer are invited to apply. Applications from participants of the recent Cancer symposium at Mount Sinai are particularly encouraged to form teams that can respond to this RFP.

The ISMMS-RPI Steering Committee will review the seed grant proposals and funding will commence in January 2017.

For further details, interested researchers can click here for the Request for Proposals.

Please contact Louise Lammers or Jack Huang with any questions.

Holiday Greetings from the Grants and Contracts Office

Deadline Rhyme Just for You Before Holiday Time:

To Faculty and Staff,

From the GCO you hear sometimes once a week.
“GCO/NIH Updates” we hope is your Friday treat.
“GCO Helpful Hints” we release as need be.
Here’s one on deadlines to put under your Christmas tree
Or by a Chanukah menorah
Or a Kwanzaa candelabra
Or however you may celebrate the holiday bonanza.
Better yet, place in a high profile spot
Like a bulletin board or a trash receptacle not.
Remember these dates and submissions will go smoother
Better than plucking a four leaf cloover.
“Clover,” you say? I say, “You are right.
Now let’s get on with the rhyme, if I may be so forthright.”
ISMMS Funded Projects – One Business Day
Now that’s a call for a “Hip, Hip Hurray!”
Federal Non-Competitive Applications
Means NIH and other federal yearly continuations.
GCO policy is a two business day turnaround.
Nice to see a smile rather than a frown.
Federal Competitive Grant and Contract Applications
Those are the new /resubmission /comp. renewal submissions.
Five business days by 11 am the GCO does require.
It can save you for sure from a potential quagmire.
All other funded projects* – just one business day.
Another call for a “Hip, hip hurray!”
You made the GCO deadline. Way to go! You’re not done yet.
Wait for the GCO receipt before acknowledging faith in kismet.
InfoEd submissions do arrive like well packaged presents.
But upon review, they are missing a few segments.
Remember the GCO policy of “COMPLETE and FINAL”
Including signed Sinai Central forms and all else for no GCO denial.
Be blessed with good tidings from the GCO
For another successful year, Ho, Ho Ho.

— Allison Gottlieb, Director, Sponsored Programs Education, (and Poet Laureate) Grants and Contracts Office

For complete deadline information, click here (last page).

* Please contact your assigned Grants Specialist in advance regarding any additional time the GCO may need in the review and approval process if you are applying for a sponsored project with complex budgetary and/or administrative requirements (e.g., non- federal application with many subawards, international extramural funding agency application with nonstandard budget forms).