GI Spore Grant

If this is your first time using WebGrants, you will need to register online at Once you have registered, you will receive an email with your user name and password. The registration process can take up to 24 hours, so applicants are strongly advised to register for an account as soon as possible. Last minute registrations are NOT guaranteed to be approved prior to the deadline. Extensions of the deadline will NOT be given for late registrants.

Available Funds

  • Available Funds: Pilot Projects, up to $50,000 direct, will be awarded for one year each with the possibility of a second year funding, pending outstanding progress and development, subject to competitive review with all other pilot projects submitted at that time. Pilot Projects will not be funded by this mechanism beyond 2 years.


  1. Pilot Projects must have a translational research focus on GI Cancer.
  2. Pilot Projects are encouraged (but not required) to have two lead investigators with one being basic and the other clinical. Pilot projects may be submitted by individual investigators representing either basic or clinical science, however if the project is identified as meritorious and selected for funding, then the leadership will seek to identify potential collaborators or advisors in the alternate discipline, basic or clinical, to ensure optimal consideration of translational opportunities.
  3. At least one specific aim should involve direct patient contact or the study of patient derived materials.

All Case Western Reserve University faculty with an appointment at the Assistant Professor level or higher are eligible to apply for pilot project funding. This includes faculty at all 10 schools throughout the university and/or affiliated healthcare centers. Investigators at the Instructor level will be considered eligible, if applications are accompanied by letters of support from department chairs indicating commitment to faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level by the time scheduled for pilot project initiation.

All applications require department sign off to ensure the investigators have sufficient protected research time and facilities to conduct the proposed research.

Projects may be collaborative with investigators from other institutions especially those with GI SPORES, but at least one investigator must be a Case faculty member.

Applicants are not required to be members of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the time of application. However, any Case faculty awarded funding for a pilot research project will be required to become a Cancer Center member and participate regularly in Cancer Center academic activities.

Case Coulter Translational Research Partnership

Applications should be submitted through Webgrants at


June 7, 2015

For questions contact:

More information on the GI SPORE at:
John Pounardjian,, 368-1976