Applicants Wanted: Epigenetic Therapies SPORE Seeks Scientists for Research Funding


The Epigenetic Therapies SPORE offers $50,000 grants through its Career Enhancement and Developmental Research programs to scientists interested in the epigenetics of cancer. For more information, including eligibility and award details, kindly review the Request for Applications.

The Epigenetic Therapies SPORE provides award opportunities to pursue research directly relevant to epigenetic therapies in cancer through a pair of programs—the Career Enhancement Program (CEP) and the Developmental Research Program (DRP)—that fund early/mid- and senior-level scientists tackling cancer through epigenetics. These grants are open to applicants from all organizations and pre-proposals will be accepted through March 1.

Established in August of 2021 by the National Cancer Institute, the Epigenetic Therapies SPORE is a joint collaboration between the Coriell Institute for Medical Research and Van Andel Institute, led by highly respected scientists — Dr. Jean-Pierre Issa, Dr. Stephen Baylin, and Dr. Peter A. Jones. The SPORE team is working tirelessly to discover epigenetic therapies to improve the quality of life and overall survival of cancer patients, through basic, translational, and clinical research.

The CEP and DRP programs are offerings of the SPORE research project and aim to encourage early career, mid-level, and established scientists to pursue research in epigenetic therapies.

The SPORE’s CEP is designed for scientists starting their research careers and is also open to established investigators who would like to explore and pivot their research into cancer epigenetics. The eligibility for DRP is focused on scientists developing pilot projects that might later be developed into full independent research projects or even be included in the Epigenetics SPORE itself.

The Epigenetic Therapies SPORE seeks to diversify the field of research and aid in the persistent challenges presented by inequalities in PI levels, gender, ethnicity, and funding; therefore, we place great emphasis on recruiting and retaining qualified women, minorities, and underserved investigators.

Awards from both programs come with one-year $50,000 grants, but these awards can be renewed for a second year if the projects show promise.

More information on the application process can be found online for the Career Enhancement Program and for the Development Research Program and related questions can be forwarded to Sonata M. Stevenson, Epigenetic Therapies SPORE Administrator at or 856-668-2077.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award no. P50CA254897. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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