Grant Name: Innovative Molecular and Cellular Analysis Technologies for Basic and Clinical Cancer Research (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Sponsoring Organization: National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Deadline: February 28, 2018; May 29, 2018; September 28, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date. Letter of intent due 30 days prior to application due date.


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research projects focused on the inception and early-stage development of highly innovative, molecular and/or cellular analysis technologies with transformative potential. The emphasis of this FOA is on supporting the development of novel capabilities involving a high degree of technical innovation for targeting, probing, or assessing molecular and cellular features of cancer biology. Well-suited applications must offer the potential to accelerate and/or enhance research in the areas of cancer biology, early detection, and screening, clinical diagnosis, treatment, control, epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. Technologies proposed for development may be intended to have widespread applicability but must focus on improving molecular and/or cellular characterizations of cancer.

Applications involving an existing technology not yet demonstrated for the proposed cancer-relevant application(s) are also within the scope of this FOA, but must involve additional technical modifications and development to allow for the proposed cancer-relevant context of use or some significant question of feasibility exists for achieving the proposed aims. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the Scientific/Research Contact below with any questions.

This FOA utilizes the R21 award mechanism for exploratory/developmental projects. The R21 mechanism is suitable for projects that are at their inception, conceptual, or idea-based phase. In this phase, technical feasibility of the proposed technology or methodology should not yet have been established. Preliminary data are not required, but are accepted if available. If preliminary data are sufficient to suggest the feasibility of the approach is established, then consideration should be given to submitting to the companion R33 FOA (RFA-CA-18-003).

This funding opportunity is part of a broader NCI-sponsored Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) Program (

Learn more about applying for this grant on the National Cancer Insitute website.