Robbers New Investigator Award

Funding Opportunity Number


Funding Opportunity Title 

Jim and Diann Robbers Cancer Research Grant for New Investigators

Key Dates

Announcement October 3, 2022
Schedule a FASTR meeting December 2, 2022
Due January 13, 2023

Administrative Contact

John Fry (

Funding Opportunity Description

The Purdue University Institute for Cancer Research invites applications for one-year, cancer-focused research grants from junior faculty for the Jim and Diann Robbers Cancer Research Grant for New Investigators.  This program is supported by an endowment made possible by Jim and Diann Robbers. The awards are restricted to junior faculty within six years of their appointment whose research programs are not currently supported through national competitive research grants (i.e. K99, R00, R21, R01, DoD, HHMI, NSF, etc.) and who must be, at the time of the application, a member of the Center for Cancer Research.  The award amount is $30,000.

FASTR deadline: Meeting should be scheduled by the dates in the table above. Please contact Douglas Cuttell at to schedule a FASTR meeting.  An FAQ on the FASTR meeting requirements is near the end of this document.

CLICK HERE to submit your electronic application by 5 pm on the cycle due date. No exceptions. The electronic submission system will not allow applications beyond the deadline. Once here, you can enter your Purdue e-mail and password.  


Applicants must be members of the Purdue University Institute for Cancer Research. Only one application per center member is allowed. No exceptions.

Cost share

This announcement does not require cost sharing.

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

The number of awards is contingent upon cancer institute endowments, gifts and other funds and the submission of meritorious applications.

Award Budget

The proposal will be funded at a level appropriate for the proposed work, but will not exceed $30,000 (Not to be included in six-page limit). 

Award Project Period

Work should commence within less than two (2) months of the date of award.  A project period of twelve (12) months or less is suggested. The FASTR map will indicate your project period from your project design.

Award Restrictions

The budget cannot be used for equipment greater than $1500, PI salary support, clerical staff support, or travel.

Award Requirements

Required publication acknowledgement

“The authors gratefully acknowledge the Graduate Student Travel Award and support from the Purdue University Institute for Cancer Research, P30CA023168.”  The awardee is required to include the cancer institute logo on their presentations and may contact the administrative contact listed above. 

No Cost Extension (NCE)

No cost extensions are discouraged.  An exception might be considered on a case-by-case basis. Requests must be made to the administration of the cancer institute.


Please note the award is contingent upon obtaining all of the necessary regulatory approvals (e.g., IRB, IACUC, PACUC) or a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pertaining to the work that has pending approvals.


Responding to periodic requests of career impact is required. Triage of future applications may occur if reporting requests are ignored.

Application Guidelines

  1. Proposal Length: The proposal should be single-spaced and a maximum of six pages in length (Arial, 11pt) with no less than 0.5 inch margins.
  2. Required Proposal Structure:
    1. Specific Aims, Innovation and Significance: This section should emphasize the novel, creative and/or innovative aspects, cancer relevance, and the relevant expertise of the PI(s).
    2. Approach: In addition to describing the scientific plan, describe the collaborative nature of the project (or plan for collaboration), if applicable. Letters of support from your collaborator(s) are encouraged (not included in page limit) but not required.
    3. Environment: Describe the shared resource(s) that will be used to add value to the science proposed in the application, if applicable.
    4. Timeline and Specific Outcomes: Describe the expected outcomes and evidence that it will be ready to start within two (2) months.  Please describe or outline your plan and expected outcomes/results for collecting the preliminary data necessary for attracting peer-reviewed funding and publications; this is facilitated by the FASTR process.
  1. For the electronic submission, the items to upload should include (all combined into 1 file):
    1. Six page proposal
    2. Cited literature (not included in page limit)
    3. Project Map
    4. NIH Biosketch (including collaborators, if applicable)
    5. Current and Pending Funding
    6. Letters of Support (if applicable)   
    7. Lay Summary (1,200 character limit) – A brief summary of the project and its relevance to cancer research is required. This lay statement will be used by the cancer institute to send to donors and others the cancer institute communicates with that are non-scientists.

Review Criteria

  1. The primary review criteria will be:
    1. Novelty / Innovative / Creativity
    2. Significance / Scientific Merit / Cancer Relevance
    3. Feasibility
    4. Integration of Collaborative Science
    5. Potential to Attract Peer-Review Funding and Peer-Review Publications
  2. The appropriateness of the budget requested for supplies, where applicable.
  3. Productivity from previous internal awards will be assessed and weighted appropriately, if applicable.
  4. Reviewers could consist of senior/program leaders, members or external experts.

Announcement History And Updates

Funding Opportunity Number Summary of Change
PCCR-ROB-FY2023-01 Initiation of Announcement