BEAT Cancer Research Initiative
Request for Proposals

The CCIL and the OSF are soliciting interdisciplinary team research proposals to initiate new collaborations and enhance existing collaborations among Illinois faculty and OSF clinicians.



  • Develop technologies that can improve patient care.
  • Enhance collaboration between CCIL members and OSF clinicians.
  • Focus on one of the following areas:
    • Risk identification strategies for early cancer detection.
    • Development of interventions to manage high-risk patients.
    • Optimize therapy for complex cancers with sequencing, analysis, and interpretation.
    • Develop surveillance and care models to monitor cancer recurrence.
    • Develop rapid histology tools for the clinical setting.
    • Measure the underlying impact of proton or flash therapies on biological tissues.
    • Consider ways proton or flash therapies can be used with companion therapies to maximize impact.

Funding Expectations & Restrictions

This RFP encompasses a flexible funding opportunity to support diverse projects at different stages of development. The review committee will prioritize rapid translational research projects with anticipated tangible outcomes within one to two years. The BEAT Cancer Research Initiative is interested in large-scale projects with significant clinical impact (i.e., those that lead to future phase 1 clinical trials or demonstrate a tangible improvement in patient care outcomes).

BEAT Cancer Research Initiative funding is expected to catalyze external support. Projects must achieve milestones and provide regular progress updates that may affect continual funding. The initiative will only release designated yearly funds for multi-year proposals after completing the goals and metrics outlined in proposal milestones.

Each research team must submit a proposal detailing the project timeline, including milestones and a detailed budget breakdown by year that will support the research project. Project costs may include CCIL supplies, staff time, and research facility use fees. Incurred OSF costs will require a monthly itemized invoice aligning with each project’s provided budget.


  • April 17, 2024: RFP Released
  • April 30, 2024: Collaboration Event
  • June 25, 2024: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • July 2024: Scientific Committee Review
  • Early August 2024: Directors’ Approval
  • August 7, 2024: Award Notification
  • August 26, 2024: Earliest Start Date


What costs can I allocate to BEAT grant funds?

In addition to institutional restrictions on the use of funds, the CCIL and OSF seek to maximize the cancer impact of designated funds. Grant recipients will be responsible for ensuring that all expenditures directly relate to the proposed scope of work. If after review it is determined that certain expenditures made by a CCIL team member are not appropriate, the principal investigator’s (PI’s) unit will be responsible for bearing those costs. If after review it is determined that certain expenditures present on submitted invoices made by an OSF team member are not appropriate, OSF will be responsible for bearing those costs and will not be reimbursed.

Allowable costs include (but may not be limited to):

  • Consumable supplies
  • Contractual services
  • Salaries for postdocs, graduate research assistants, student and academic hourly employees, clinical research nurses, clinical research coordinators, and ancillary staff
  • Equipment
  • Travel
  • Non-employee travel
  • Publication and/or printing costs
  • Rental costs

Unallowable costs include (but may not be limited to):

  • Alcohol
  • Membership dues
  • Subscriptions
  • Principal investigator (tenure-track faculty) salaries
  • Fringe benefits
  • Tuition remission
  • Service or maintenance contracts for equipment

Note: Please contact the BEAT Cancer Research Initiative Program Manager with further questions regarding allowable costs.

Can funding be applied to Academic Professional (AP) and Civil Service (CS) salaries (excluding fringe)?

Yes, AP and/or CS staff can be paid from these grants as long as their efforts are directly related to the project.

Is administrative support an allowable cost?

Administrative support is not allowed, as it would be difficult to define effort solely on behalf of a project.

What happens to remaining funds in my CFOP after I’ve completed my project if I haven’t used the entire awarded amount?

All expenditures must directly relate to your approved BEAT Cancer Research Initiative Grant project and any unspent funds will be pulled back to the CCIL.

What if I can’t get all of the work completed that I proposed in the time allotted?

Please contact the BEAT Cancer Research Initiative Program Manager to discuss the possibility of a no-cost extension.

Is cost-sharing necessary/accepted in this program? Would a cost-sharing component improve funding chances?

Cost-sharing is not necessary and would not improve one’s funding chances.

If my project is funded, how long will it take for funds to be released?

Funds will be released when all required information is completely submitted (i.e., scope of work, unit business contact information, CFOP establishment, etc.) and assurance is made that the research is ready to be initiated.

I do cancer-related research but am not a CCIL member. Can I still apply for funding?

Yes, persons doing cancer-related, cancer-focused, or cancer-relevant research are encouraged to join a team as a co-investigator (Co-I) to apply, but it is important to note that only CCIL members or OSF clinicians can serve as the principal investigator (Co-PI) on a team.

What is the minimum number of collaborators needed in order to make a proposal viable?

At least one of the team members must be a current CCIL member and one team member must be an OSF clinician. Each Co-PI is given the freedom to determine the project’s scientific and effort needs.

Am I only limited to working with cancer researchers who are Cancer Center at Illinois members or OSF HealthCare Cancer Center clinicians?

No – if a person is conducting cancer-relevant/focused research, they are eligible to participate on a team as a co-investigator (Co-I).

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

For any further inquiries, please email the BEAT Cancer Research Initiative Program Manager.

Contact Us

Katie Julkowski
Katie Julkowski

Program Manager
Cancer Center at Illinois

Katie Julkowski
Ryan Luginbuhl

Director of Oncology Services
OSF HealthCare