Grant Application FAQs

Answers to our most frequently asked questions about the grant application process.
*Note that most of these questions are applicable only to the full application, not the Letter of Intent.*

Program Project Development Grants

Q: Can I budget for indirect costs?
A: Yes, you can budget up to 10% indirects.

Q: Is there a minimum, or maximum, number of PIs for this grant?
A: No. One investigator will need to be selected to oversee the project, but there is no limit on how many other investigators can be listed. Whatever fits the scope of the project is appropriate.

Q: Are PIs working in European, or other non-US based institutions, eligible for this award?
A: No, only investigators based in US institutions are eligible.

Q: Can I budget for animal supplies?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I have an extension on the due date?
A: No. Any letter of intent or applications submitted after the due date will not be considered.

Q: How many Program Project Development Grants do you anticipate awarding this year?
A: The number of new Program Project Development Grants we will award depends on our total grant budget for the year, and how our Scientific Advisory Committee decides to distribute the research funds. It’s likely that we will award between one and three new grants this year.

Q: Should letters of recommendation be send directly to the OCRF office, or loaded online?
A: They should be loaded into proposalCENTRAL along with the rest of your application materials.

Q: Should I use the NIH salary cap when budgeting for salary support?
A: Yes. For 2014, the NIH Salary Cap is $181,500.

Q: Can multiple applicants from the same institution apply for this award?
A: Yes. Each investigator may only submit one grant application, but there is no limit to how many applications an institution can submit.

Q: Do I really have to limit my references to just one page?
A: Yes. You will not be punished for brevity and everyone is in the same boat. In this case, feel free to use a smaller font and play with the margins if it helps.

 

Liz Tilberis Early Career Award

Q: Can I budget for indirect costs?
A: Yes, you can budget up to 10% indirects.
Q: I am an Assistant Professor but took this position over five years ago. Am I still eligible to apply for this award?
A: No.

Q: I am an Associate Professor. Am I eligible for this award?
A: No, Associate Professors are not eligible.

Q: I am a prior recipient of an Ann Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award. Am I eligible to apply for the Liz Tilberis Early Career Award?
A: Yes. In the past some of our Ann Schreiber grantees have gone on to be awarded Liz Tilberis Early Career Awards.

Q: I am not an oncologist. Am I eligible to apply?
A: Yes, you are eligible. You are not required to be an oncologist or a gynecologic oncologist to apply, though you must conduct ovarian cancer research.

Q: Can multiple applicants from the same institution apply for this award?
A: Yes. Each investigator may only submit one grant application, but there is no limit to how many applications an institution can submit.

Q: The application guidelines indicate that 75% of an applicant’s time must be dedicated to research. Does that mean exclusively to ovarian cancer research or to research in general?
A: All 75% of that time doesn’t need to be devoted exclusively to ovarian cancer research.

Q: How do I, and my institution, certify that I will spend 75% of my time on research?
A: You can write as much in a letter accompanying your application. Your institution can do by including this in one of the letters of recommendation.

Q: Are PIs working in European, or other non-US based institutions, eligible for this award?
A: No, only investigators based in US institutions are eligible.

Q: The guidelines state that I am allowed to budget up to $75,000 for salary. Can I also include salary support for an additional staff person?
A: Yes, you may. Many applicants include salary support for a junior researcher/analyst in their budget.

Q: Do I really have to use one-inch margins on the written portion of my application?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I include tuition, for myself or for my post-doc, in my grant budget?
A: No.

Q: Is there a page limit on the letters of recommendation?
A: No hard and fast limit, but we suggest you urge your recommenders to keep it to two pages.

Q: Can I budget for animal supplies?
A: Yes.

Q: How many Liz Tilberis Early Career Awards do you anticipate awarding this year?
A: The number of new Liz Tilberis Awards we will award depends on our total grant budget for the year, and how our Scientific Advisory Committee decides to distribute the research funds. It’s likely that we will award approximately six new grants this year.

Q: Can I have an extension on the due date?
A: No. Any applications submitted after the due date will not be considered.

Q: Should letters of recommendation be send directly to the OCRF office, or loaded online?
A: They should be loaded into proposalCENTRAL along with the rest of your application materials.

Q: In proposalCENTRAL, I don’t see a place to upload a cover letter or personal statement. Is this required.
A: This is not required.

Q: Where in proposalCENTRAL can I include supplementary materials?
A: There is nowhere in proposaCENTRAL where you can upload miscellaneous documents. No other documents other than those required are allowed.

Q: I have an NCI K99/R00 award. Am I eligible for the Liz Tilberis Early Career Award?
A: No.

 

Ann Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award

Q: Can multiple applicants from the same institution apply for this award?
A: Yes. Each investigator may only submit one grant application, but there is no limit to how many applications an institution can submit.

Q: Are PIs working in European, or other non-US based institutions, eligible for this award?
A: No, only investigators based in US institutions are eligible.

Q: Can I budget for animal supplies?
A: Yes.

Q: How many Ann Schreiber Mentored Investigator Awards do you anticipate awarding this year?
A: The number of new POE grants we will award depends on our total grant budget for the year, and how our Scientific Advisory Committee decides to distribute the research funds. It’s likely that we will award approximately six new grants this year.

Q: Can I have an extension on the due date?
A: No. Any applications submitted after the due date will not be considered.

Q: Should letters of recommendation be send directly to the OCRF office, or loaded online?
A: They should be loaded into proposalCENTRAL along with the rest of your application materials.

Q: Is this grant for $75,000 each year for one or two years? Or is the total grant $75,000, which can be used over one or two years?
A: The total amount of this award is $75,000. It’s up to you whether you like to budget that for one year, or for two years. Regardless, the total cost of the award cannot exceed $75,000.

Q: Can I budget for indirect costs?
A: Yes, you can budget up to 10% indirects.