The SPORE grant includes a Developmental Research funding mechanism through which the POCRC funds exciting laboratory science with strong translational potential. Over the past ten years, the POCRC Developmental Research Program (DRP) has funded twenty-nine developmental research proposals with approximately $1.5 million in total funding support. Project 3 of the current SPORE grant stemmed from DRP funding.

The primary goal of the POCRC DRP is to fund studies that open new areas of translational research or that complement ongoing POCRC studies. Applications are solicited annually for use of these funds with a Request for Applications (RFA), and each application is reviewed for its scientific merit and its resource needs including access to specimens. All levels of researchers, both internal and external to the POCRC, are welcome to apply.

DRP applications should be designed to develop within a few years into full-scale translational research projects suitable for a SPORE or R01 application. As collaboration between a laboratory, clinical and/or public health scientist greatly facilitates translational research, DRP projects are usually co-directed by an interdisciplinary team of two investigators.

Please contact us if you would like to be notified of the next DRP RFA.

See more information about currently funded DRPs.