Local Funding Opportunities

Cancer Research Advocacy Group: Scientist–Advocate Collaborative Travel Grant

Established in 2016, the Cancer Research Advocacy Group (CRAG) is a group of cancer advocates supporting the fundamental, translational, and clinical science at the Cancer Center at Illinois. Its Main purpose is to promote interactions between cancer patients, survivors, researchers, and clinicians. To ensure proper representation of different cancer types, ethnicities, and genders, inclusion and diversity are important aspects of CRAG. Cancer patients and survivors, immediate family members, friends of cancer victims, community representatives, research scientists, and clinicians are all encouraged to participate in CRAG. It its role, CRAG aims to influence fundamental scientific research, clinical trials, outreach, and education of researchers and patients with the CCIL. Crag welcomes collaborative travel grants from an array of disciplines and areas. The aim is to increase involvement of patient in cancer-related research across the university.

Funds Usage

Funds from this award will be used to send an Illinois faculty investigator and a cancer research advocate to a scientific conference or an advocate–training workshop. This will establish a record of collaboration that will be helpful for future proposal submissions requiring advocacy involvement (i.e., DOD, Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society). Funds for this award are from a Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) award to CRAG. Travel grants may be used to cover registration fees, lodging, and transportation costs associated with attending the meeting or workshop.

Funding Level

Teams comprised of an Illinois faculty researcher and a cancer research advocate may apply for up to $5,000 in travel to a scientific conference of advocate training workshop. The PI and/or advocate must be present at the conference. This is not a requirement if the PI and advocate are proposing to attend a training workshop. Awards will be useable/valid until May 2019.


Note: Investigators not already working with an advocate should send an email to to be paired with an advocate.

  • Lead investigators must be a faculty researcher, postdoctoral associate, or graduate student at Illinois.
  • The advocate must be a member of CRAG. The advocate should be either a cancer survivor or some with a close connection to cancer. They should have knowledge of the patient of caregiver's perspective from diagnosis through treatment.
  • Faculty may not submit more than one proposal.