Release Date: November 6, 2015

The UPR/MDACC Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research is accepting applications for pilot projects that have the potential to develop into competitive grant applications for submission to the NIH or other equivalent research funding agencies.

Three awards are available for pilot projects (up to $120,000 per award per year between UPR and MDACC institutions). Proposals will be accepted for projects that have the potential to develop into U54 full projects or NIH grants. The award will be issued for 1 year with additional funding of up to 2 years pending Internal Advisory Committee Review.


  • All projects must have a minimum of two co-leaders: one from UPR and one from MD Anderson.
  • Co-leaders must be at the level of assistant professor or above; one co-leader should have seniority.
  • Applications must have a Career Development and Mentorship Plan for any junior research personnel (faculty, post-docs, and graduate students).

Instructions Pilot Project Announcement 2016.pdf

If you need assistance identifying a co-leader from the UPR System, please email Marievelisse Soto Salgado, DrPHc, MS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus.  In your email to Mrs. Soto Salgado, please be sure to send your full contact information and a brief description of your idea for a project.