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Pilot Grant Program for Applicants

The Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center seeks applications for one- or two-year pilot project grants of up to $20,000 under the Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center Pilot Project Grant Award Program. Proposed projects should seek to ultimately improve curative therapy as well as the quality of care for head and neck cancer patients and their families. Research proposals may be focused on any aspect of head and neck cancer care; head and neck diseases; or voice disease etiology, diagnosis or therapy.

The application period for 2021 funding cycle has closed. Please check back in summer 2022 for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Spilkin, PhD, at


Principal investigators must:

  • Have a UC San Diego School of Medicine or UC San Diego Health Sciences faculty appointment
  • Be eligible to apply as principal investigator for grant support from national agencies
  • Be independent and have a commitment from the institution for salary and space
  • Be either a U.S. citizen or hold a visa that will allow them to remain in the U.S. long enough to complete the project

If applying for a two-year grant, the second year of funding is contingent on evidence of sufficient progress at the one-year progress report.

Selection process

Applications must demonstrate a clear relevance to head and neck cancer, and applicants evidencing a history of cancer-relevant research will be favored. Proposals will be reviewed and scored by the Moores Cancer Center Review Committee according to NIH Study Section procedures.

Budget and use of funds

The budget may include partial salary support for faculty investigators, trainee investigators (graduate students or postdocs), laboratory technicians and other related study expenses. Indirect costs, travel, professional meeting fees, salary support for administrative personnel, and equipment are excluded.