Research Grants

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Maine Cancer Foundation is dedicated to reducing Maine's cancer incidence and mortality rates by funding research, prevention, early detection and access to care, with 100% of funds staying in Maine.

In 2015, MCF is conducting an evaluation of our grant programs and their impact on achieving our mission.  During this transition year, we have significantly revised our requests for proposals to provide support for projects that will impact future funding efforts.  The spring research round will reflect that shift.


Please note: There will be no new grants issued in this spring round for basic science projects.

Apply for a Cancer Research Grant:

Maine Cancer Foundation is one of the only sources available to Maine-based researchers seeking financial support.

After competitive peer review, the Foundation will award up to $700,000 in grants in the following two categories:



Applications Are Due by May 1, 2015

Research projects that focus on advancing cancer prevention, early detection, and access to care.

Projects must:

  • focus on issues with a high potential to impact cancer incidence and mortality rates in Maine
  • focus on outcomes research; bench research will not be funded in this round
  • provide a summary of findings that will be open and available to the public

Projects are encouraged to:

  • define areas of need or best practices
  • seek to establish the feasibility and/or effectiveness of programs and interventions
  • assess patient-centered and patient-reported outcomes
  • involve collaboration or meaningful engagement with clinicians and/or patients

Grant awards:

  • One year in duration
  • Amounts up to $100,000



Applications Are Due by May 15, 2015

Projects to increase the capacity of the state of Maine to advance cancer research that will lead to decreased incidence and mortality rates in the state.

Projects must:

  • develop or expand sustainable infrastructure for basic or clinical research in Maine
  • support the advancement of outcomes research and/or accelerate the translation of promising ideas from the lab to the clinic
  • be available for use by any researcher or clinician in Maine

Projects are encouraged to:

  • support multi-institutional collaborations and transdisciplinary team science including partnerships between clinicians and basic science researchers

Grant awards:

  • One year in duration
  • Amounts up to $200,000
  • Eligible for further funding when appropriate



Letter of Intent:

A letter of intent to submit a proposal must be received at the MCF office by March 27, 2015.  The letter should include a brief description of the need and the project as well as the amount requested.  Letters may be emailed to or mailed to Maine Cancer Foundation, US Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME  04105.  Upon receipt, a link to the online research application will be provided.


Proposals will be submitted by invitation through an online grants program.  In general, proposals will include the following:

  • Narrative: 3,000 words maximum
  • Institutional Support and Collaborations: 500 words maximum
  • NIH-style biographical sketch: 1,000 words maximum

Awards will be announced by June 30, 2015.  Funds are distributed upon receipt of a signed contract.

Note: Applicants may submit multiple proposals in one or more categories.

Questions? Call the Foundation at (207) 773-2533 or email