Sponsoring Organization: University of Iowa Neuroendocrine Tumor Specialized Progam of Research Excellence (SPORE)


Eligibility Requirements:

This program focuses on two types of candidates:

  1. Laboratory investigators at the senior post-doctoral or junior faculty level (Assistant Professor or Research Scientist) who demonstrate outstanding research potential and are interested in a career in translational neuroendocrine tumor research, but are not yet independently funded to perform this research. Experienced, successful investigators interested in shifting toward translational neuroendocrine tumor research are also eligible.
  2. Clinicians who demonstrate interest and ability in translational research during clinical fellowship training, are committed to careers in translational research, and wish to devote a major portion of the first two years of their faculty careers to additional research training in pursuit of this career.


Submission Requirements:

Letter of Concept (LOC): Submit a 1-2 page LOC describing the proposed research. The LOC must include a clearly stated Hypothesis, clear idea of how the project will translate in the given time frame into a submitted NIH proposal, and any evidence supporting feasibility (from research or literature). Include specific aims, a statement outlining the potential of the research to improve the detection, diagnosis or treatment of neuroendocrine tumors, evidence of the high impact the research will have in the field, a few key references, the expertise of investigators, and a support letter from a mentor. Letters-of-concept will be reviewed by the Career Enhancement Research Committee of the UI Neuroendocrine Tumor SPORE with selected investigators invited to submit full proposals.

The LOC should include the above information in the following materials:

  • Overview of the proposed project
  • Biosketch of PI and expertise of other investigators
  • Relevance of the project to Neuroendocrine Tumor research
  • Statement of how the proposed project will lead to a full research project with funding potential
  • Letter of support from mentor


Deadline: July 5, 2018

Contact Name: Karla Stout

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Support Document: SPORE Announcement