January 3, 2022

GI SPORE pilot project funding opportunity; applications due Jan. 15

Funding is available for pilot projects conducting basic, translational or clinical research on the cause, prevention, detection, control or treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. High-risk/high-payoff pilot projects are especially encouraged. These pilot projects do not need to reach a human endpoint during the project period.

Investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University are eligible to apply.

Past projects have included:

Defining the origin of metaplasia in the stomach

Investigating RNA-based mechanisms of 5-FU cytotoxicity

Development of TN-E assay for prostaglandin measurement

Development of models to study ampullary carcinoma

Up to $50,000 will be awarded. The deadline for applications is Jan. 15. Contact Robert Coffey at robert.coffey@vumc.org to apply.