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Funding Opportunities Heading link

If you are interested in applying for support from UICentre, but are not sure where to start, we are glad to start a discussion with you! Please contact us at to set up a Zoom call. At present we offer two funding mechanisms:

Standard RFA (rolling applications): All UIC faculty are eligible Heading link

UICentre, the campus-wide drug discovery initiative at UIC, is seeking new collaborations in all therapeutic areas. To this end, UICentre issues seed grants to teams of researchers who have strong biological data, and have an actionable plan to identify and optimize small molecule hits that could address unmet medical needs.

In addition to seed funding, UICentre provides consultation, project management, and core drug discovery services. The level of support varies depending on the mix of research needs for each project, and historically ranges from $10-65K. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of UICentre staff, subject matter experts, and members of the Office of Technology Management. The instructions for this Standard RFA can be found here.

U2D2: University of Illinois Cancer Center-UICentre Drug Discovery Program Heading link

We are pleased to announce a new collaboration between the University of Illinois Cancer Center (UICC) and the UICentre, entitled U2D2. Since the funding for the U2D2 program comes from UICC, only UICC Members are eligible to be PI. Awards up to $25K may be requested, and the instructions for the RFA can be found here. The deadline for submission of the current U2D2 RFA is 5 pm, 12/9/2022.

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