Jumpstart Program

As a basic science cancer center, a goal of the Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) is to build bridges between related disciplines and leverage their fundamental advances to benefit cancer. Many of the University of Illinois’ faculty may be interested but may not have had the opportunity or training to contribute to cancer research significantly. The JumpStart program is for established investigators (at the level of Associate Professor or above), who are NOT yet members of the CCIL, to engage in collaborative research with CCIL members to accelerate our progress against cancer.

Selected participants will be high-caliber scientists who have demonstrated expertise in a related field and have the potential to develop a viable plan to contribute to the center’s strategic themes and interact with its members.

Faculty selected for this program will be appointed as associate members, with the expectation that they will become full members as their publication and grant activities progress. The CCIL will provide up to $25,000 in JumpStart program funds.

The CCIL provides access to a large pool of member collaborators who can help guide the applicant to establish a cancer research career. CCIL staff will help connect program participants to members in specific areas and prospective applicants can also sign up for information on program meetings and other center events.

The 2022 application cycle has ended, and this funding opportunity is now closed. For more information, contact us at cancercenter@illinois.edu.