Developmental awards provide pilot funding to foster new collaborative studies in any one of the scientific program areas of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center:

Proposals that are "inter-programmatic" are also suitable. While not a requirement, proponents should carefully consider utilization of one or more of the Cancer Center's shared resources. If you have questions about your proposal's relevance to basic science programs or about appropriate use of shared resources, you are strongly urged to contact program leaders and/or shared resource directors and staff.


Funds for this program are provided intramurally by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center using its Cancer Center Support Grant (P30) and, on occasion, internal research accounts controlled by the cancer center and/or the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The number of awards vary from year to year based on availability of funds. To be advised of forthcoming calls, please send an email to with "Please add me to the cancer center email list" in the subject line.


Any UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center member or pending member of the cancer center with principal investigator status at UC Davis or at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is welcome to apply. Both senior and junior-level faculty, adjunct appointees, those in the research series, etc., may submit an application. Membership in a scientific program is not required and a member of one scientific program may apply for a study in another scientific area. Assistant-level applicants should identify a mentor.

Review criteria

Proposals that are favorably reviewed will have the following characteristics in addition to excellent to outstanding scientific merit:

  • clear relevance to one or more cancer center scientific programs
  • utilization of one or more of the center's shared resources, if appropriate
  • collaborations among two or more cancer center members
  • the anticipated results are likely to lead to peer-reviewed scientific publications and significant, peer-reviewed extramural funding
  • the proposed budget and project period are realistic and appropriate

Note:  At the discretion of the cancer center director, certain calls for Developmental Award applications may focus on a particular topic to promote an area of research (such as breast cancer or cancer and inflammation) and/or may be a partnership with another center (such as the Clinical and Translational Sciences Center); in the latter circumstance, the review panel will be multi-center.

Award decisions are made by a review committee established by the cancer center.


A one-page preliminary inquiry is required. Instructions accompany the application. Proposals are submitted electronically (via email) as attachments sent to Files need to be in MS Word or Rich Text Format and should open properly in Windows. Proposals should generally adhere to PHS 398 guidelines for type size, margins and other formatting issues. Do not use the PHS 398 application; you must use the cancer center's Developmental Award application form. The application is designed to "expand" if longer narrative material is inserted. Processing by Sponsored Programs or the Office of Research prior to submission is not required. Awardees will sign an award acceptance form and commit to submission of a progress report. The call for proposals is generally issued in March with a June 1 deadline and a July 1 start date. 

To be advised of forthcoming calls, please send an email to with "Please add me to the cancer center email list" in the subject line to be added to the Cancer Program mailing list.