Research Incubator

Incubator and catalyst funding for partnership building, research proposal development, pilot projects, and research projects.

Catalyst Funding Opportunities

ChicagoCHEC is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals to support two collaborative projects for innovative research toward cancer health equity spanning the disciplines of basic, clinical, translational, prevention, control, behavioral, population, and/or community engagement research. Faculty from NEIU, UIC, and NU are eligible to receive funding. Preference will be given to projects that include a junior faculty member (i.e., someone who has never held R01-level funding as a Principal Investigator) from any of the three institutions.  Each proposal requires collaboration from a team of investigators across the three institutions as Multiple PIs (MPIs). All proposals require at least one partner organization that is a community-based organization or another type of partner, including but not limited to federal or local government agencies, school districts, and/or healthcare providers.

Please note that a pre-consultation Zoom meeting and letter of intent are required for full consideration. The proposal must be submitted using the NU competitions platform available at the link below. Key dates are listed below:

January 30, 2023
Deadline for required pre-proposal phone consultation meeting with ChicagoCHEC
February 17, 2023
Letter of intent to submit proposal due
May 26, 2023
Deadline for receipt of proposals
July 2023 (anticipated)
Project teams are notified of funding decision
September 1, 2023
Project funding begins

The RFP can be found here: ChicagoCHEC Incubator Catalyst Grants Request for Proposals (2023) | Competitions


ChicagoCHEC principal investigators will host pre-proposal consultation meetings from December 2, 2022 – January 30, 2023, to allow faculty and community partners to share ideas for collaboration and research prior to preparing a proposal. At least one pre-proposal consultation meeting is required but is not binding. Interested faculty who do not have an existing partnership with an NEIU, UIC, or NU faculty member or community partner can receive assistance in finding a collaborator during these phone consultations. Pre-proposal consultation meetings are intended to help project teams formulate competitive applications that are responsive to the request for proposals. Please note that pre-proposal consultation meetings require interested faculty to submit a draft-specific aims page.

To schedule a pre-proposal consultation meeting, please complete the online form.

Pre-proposal consultation meeting deadline: January 20th, 2023.

ECF are encouraged to apply but feel free to share with your networks.