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Funding Opportunities

The ROI invests in research to heighten the critical role of radiation oncology in the treatment of cancer. Requests for proposals (RFPs) are strategically developed to inspire research that is practical and has the potential to transform cancer management and the therapies that are offered to patients on a daily basis.


Innovative Projects in Radiation Oncology

Through this RFP, the ROI will make grants for high-risk, high-reward projects and/or seed funding necessary to demonstrate proof of concept before applying for larger grants. Projects could address any aspect of radiation oncology that falls within the scope of the priority research topic areas identified in the National Radiation Oncology Research Needs Assessment: quality and safety, comparative effectiveness, toxicity management, value and communication. 

All qualified investigators, including residents and fellows, are encouraged to submit your best ideas for projects that are initiating a new research direction, are not currently eligible for other funding sources, and/or show a high potential for securing follow-on funding. A typical budget for a project supported by this mechanism is expected to be limited to $25,000. However, larger budgets will be considered with the firm limit that costs may not exceed $50,000. Proposals are due by July 22, 2016, and the awards will be announced in conjunction with the ASTRO Annual Meeting in September. Details on how to apply and the selection criteria are provided in the complete RFP guidelines and on proposalCENTRAL.


Leveraging Big Data to Optimize Quality Assurance and Patient Care Improvement Initiatives

The ROI is currently seeking research proposals for innovative approaches to making quality assurance (QA) more personalized by using big data to identify patient, disease or treatment characteristics that are predictive of unwanted outcomes, dosimetric uncertainties or outright errors, needed patient management interventions or general process variability. The goal is to get researchers thinking about how QA efforts can be differentiated by the level of risk for each patient so that resources can be allocated accordingly, in comparison to the current QA model in which “one size fits most.”

All eligible researchers are encouraged to apply for the competitive grant worth up to $200,000 over two years for a project that leverages the unique opportunities afforded by advances in big data analytics in radiation oncology. Letters of intent to submit a proposal must be submitted by July 8, 2016, and those invited to submit proposals must do so by September 16, 2016. See the complete RFP guidelines for details including project examples, selection criteria and eligibility.  


All letters of intent and proposals to the ROI must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL. After logging-in to proposalCENTRAL, go to the "Grant Opportunities" tab and select "Radiation Oncology Institute" in the "Filter List by GrantMaker" drop-down menu. If you have questions about the current research funding opportunities, please send an email to Emily Connelly, Governance and Research Administrator.

You can help support this research and future awards by donating to the ROI today.