TEP Utilization Grant

The Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) supports Illinois researchers in advancing cancer research by providing up to $5,000 of support for the use of the Tumor Engineering and Phenotyping (TEP) Shared Resource. Proposals to access the TEP Utilization Grant are accepted on an on-going basis. The online request/form must be completed and submitted by the project principal investigator (PI) or faculty member.

The TEP provides access to specialized technologies, cancer models, services, and expertise that enhance scientific interaction and productivity, and provide stability, reliability, cost-effectiveness, and quality control in all of its services. Its aim is to be a one-stop-shop for advice, resources, and validation to support discovery or technology development with biological experiments and analyses, and serve as a unique resource nationally to expedite cancer research.

Services include a wide range of analyses to support Cell Line Authentication, Mycoplasma Testing, and other specialized analytical tests utilizing state of the art instrumentation including:

  • BioTek Cytation 5
  • Seahorse XFe 96 Analyzer
  • NanoString nCounter
  • CHEF Mapper XA Pulsed Field Electrophoresis System

Funding Expectations and Restrictions

Funding support will be provided in the form of services provided to the investigator by the TEP, and no direct transfer of funds will be involved.  Prior to the request, consultation should be held with the TEP manager, Hui Xu,  to determine an estimate of the cost of the specific services required and the necessary materials and supplies.

Upon receipt of a request for support, CCIL will determine the level of support to be provided based on the budget estimate received with each proposal.  Only TEP supplies, staff time, and research facility use fees will be covered by this initiative.  Funds will not be awarded retrospectively for work already completed by the TEP.

Proposal Preparation

This request for funding consists of:

  • 1-2 paragraphs summarizing the proposed project requiring TEP services;
  • Names of investigators;
  • Timeline of service (NOTE: request and completion should not exceed six months); and
  • Listing of the specific services being requested and their estimated costs (services and estimates to be determined in consultation with TEP staff).   

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