Research Incubator

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

Catalyst Funding Opportunities

One of the most important needs for growing an idea is early stage funding. Do you need seed funds to take your cancer disparities project to the next step? The ChicagoCHEC Research Incubator / Catalyst Funding Program supports transdisciplinary cancer disparities research in behavioral and social science, basic, biomedical, and translational science. These awards are intended to foster cross-institutional collaborations among investigator teams from NEIU, UIC, Northwestern, and community partner(s). ChicagoCHEC funding opportunities consist of:

  • Partnership Development Incubator Grants: 1 year seed funding of up to $40,000 to jumpstart partnerships to develop research across the three institutions and with community partners.
  • Proposal Development Incubator Grants: 1 year seed funding of up to $40,000 to help teams progress from partnership phase to proposal writing phase.
  • Pilot Project Catalyst Grants: awards of up to $120,000 per year for 2 years across the three institutions and community partner(s).

Our Incubator / Catalyst Funding Program 2016-2017 Request for Proposals is now open. Learn more about the award focus areas, eligibility, and application instructions. To discuss a proposal idea for the 2016-2017 Request for Proposals, or if you need assistance finding cross-institutional collaborators or community partners, please contact us at [email protected].


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