Request for applications: DaCCoTA TREE Pilot Grant

The Pilot Projects Program and the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core for the Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity (DaCCoTA) are requesting applications for Translating Epidemiology to Experiments (TREE) Pilot Grant Awards. The goal of the DaCCoTA program is to stimulate the growth of expertise and engagement in health-related translational research (CTR) in the Dakota region. The focus of the TREE program is to provide seed funding for highly innovative projects that seek to translate promising epidemiological findings at the population level to relevant in vitro and/or in vivo experiments and/or the reverse, from in vitro and in vivo observations to a population setting.

The TREE Pilot Grant Award is intended to provide support to allow a team comprised of a public health scientist and a laboratory scientist to form around important population health findings. Applications can consider findings from epidemiological studies at the population level (e.g., health surveys, ecological or analytic epidemiologic studies) and attempt to confirm and/or extend these in an experimental setting (e.g., cell cultures, mouse models). Conversely, applications could translate promising experimental results and apply them to population-level studies (e.g., findings from an animal experiment that found a risk of disease due to chemical or exposure “X” might be translated into an epidemiologic study in which rates of exposure to the chemical or exposure are examined in relation to disease rates).

Applications are envisioned to focus on T0-T1 translational research, whereas T2-T4 studies are a better fit for the general Pilot Project funding mechanism.

  • Deadline for Assistance Finding a Collaborator: Jan. 31, 2022
  • Letter of Intent Deadline: Feb. 11, 2022
  • Application Deadline: March 11, 2022
  • Anticipated Award Period: Sept. 2022 – Aug. 2023