2019 TCI/TCEEE Pilot Projects Request for Applications

The Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI) of Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures (TCEEE) seek to support innovative research focusing on the role of the environment on cancer biology and cancer prevention.  One $50,000 grant or two $25,000 grants will be awarded.  Both basic research and population science applications are encouraged.


Please note that the definition of “environment” refers to environmental factors including metals, industrial solvents, endocrine disrupting chemicals, air pollution, pesticides, noise, light, temperature, etc, but DOES NOT include nutrition, stress, alcohol, or drugs of abuse.  However, an application dealing with any of these issues and an accepted environmental factor will be accepted. For example, a proposal on gene-chemical interactions, mixed social environment-chemical interactions or nutrition-chemical interactions will be accepted.


Applications must be submitted by either a TCI member or a TCEEE member. Please note that applicants may only submit a maximum of two applications.


To apply, the following material must be received in a single PDF file to MSSMP30@mssm.edu by the application deadline Monday, May 6th, 2019 (11:59 pm). Please indicate in the subject line “April 2019 TCI/TCEEE Pilot Project Grant Application Submission”.

To view application documents, please click here.

  • Cover Page:
    • List Title, PI and all co-investigators and affiliations. Place “*” beside names of Center Members
  • Proposal:  Single-spacing, three pages maximum. The Abstract Page (300 word max), budget page, budget justification, biosketches, and references are NOT included in the 3 page limit. Headings include:
    • Specific Aims and Hypothesis/Aim
    • Significance/Background
    • Innovation
    • Approach
    • How this grant will be leveraged into future funding
  • Budget Form
  • Budget Justification Form:
    • No Faculty Salary support is allowed Salary for research assistants or trainees is allowed.
  • Biographical Sketch: Include one for each PI and co-Investigator. A mix of Center members and non-members is accepted. Following NIH format, including past training and academic appointments followed by a short paragraph on research expertise and role in the project. List up to 15 relevant publications. Biosketches may not exceed 5 pages for any investigator.
  • References: Literature cited, no limit.

Biosketches, budget items, and references will NOT count towards the 5 pages, and all items should be submitted as one single PDF.

Format Instructions:

Page: 8.5 X 11 inches, Margins 0.5”, Font Size: Arial 11 or Times New Roman 12

Applications not meeting guidelines (in particular length, budget, or not on correct form) will be administratively triaged. 

Award Period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Grantees will be notified on June 24, 2019.


  • One $50,000 or two $25,000 awards for 1 year will be made
  • Expected project period is 07/01/19 – 06/30/20
  • Funding may be used for all research expenses, with the exception of PI and co-I salary support
  • Funding for successful applications can be initiated as soon as IACUC and IRB approvals are obtained
  • Progress and final reports, as well as annual updates thereafter are required from awardees as part of the TCI and TCEEE P30 reporting requirements


  • Pre-Review Deadline (Junior Faculty Program): Monday, April 22, 2019 (11:59pm)
  • Final applications are due by: Monday, May 6, 2019 (11:59pm)
  • Awardees will be announced: Monday, June 24, 2019
  • Project period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

For questions on eligibility of environmental proposals email Robert Wright robert.wright@mssm.edu

For questions on eligibility of cancer related proposals email Robert Wright and Ramon Parson ramon.parsons@mssm.edu