Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Application Information

MOCA Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Application Information

At MOCA’s Annual Meeting each May, we provide research grant funding to select ovarian cancer researchers.

MOCA Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Eligibility

Research proposals may be individual projects or part of a larger research project related to ovarian, primary peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer. Awards will be granted only to projects conducted in the state of Minnesota by Minnesota based researchers. Project funding is available for one year of activity.

All research proposals will be considered; however, special consideration will be given to:

  • proposals which may lead to early detection, better treatment or a cure for ovarian cancer;
  • projects that may benefit women living with ovarian cancer today;
  • projects that might not otherwise be funded; and
  • Projects that will result in the development of preliminary data which will enable the researcher to compete for larger national grants.

Grant proposals may not exceed $100,000.

MOCA Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Selection

Evaluation of proposed projects will be made by national experts in ovarian cancer research, and at large MOCA members. Recommendations will be voted on by the MOCA Board of Directors.


  • Deadline for submission: March 7, 2014
    All proposals must be received in the MOCA office by 5:00 p.m. on this date.
  • Notification of action by MOCA: April 25, 2014
  • May 2014 (to be determined)

MOCA Annual Meeting
Attendance of grantee is required.  Grantees will be expected to deliver a short presentation in nontechnical language about the awarded project.

MOCA Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Application Requirements

Proposals must be paginated and include the following:

  1. Abstract of proposed research, including rationale of the study (You do not need to include an explanation of why ovarian cancer is worthy of being studied or basic statistics on ovarian cancer as these are very familiar to all our reviewers), significance of research, aims, and a brief overview of research design and methods.
  2. Summary of proposed research (one paragraph) which describes the proposed research in terms an educated lay person would understand and describes the significance of the research to the patient population.
  3. Research proposal, not to exceed 6 pages. Additional supporting information may be provided in addendum form if deemed essential.
  4. Budget detailing direct cost expenditures. No miscellaneous costs shall be included. All costs must be itemized (e.g. number of mice required @ cost per mouse) and include a rationale for each budget item.  MOCA funds cannot be used for indirect costs, PI salary replacement or travel.
  5. Information about PI, including:
    • Biographical statement of career goals of PI (one page)
    • Contact information, including direct phone number and email address
    • Curriculum vitae (resume), including education, honors, professional experience, publications, grants
  6. Letter of recommendation from the relevant person overseeing the institution, department, or lab where the research will be conducted.
  7. Project timeline detailing the expected chronological progress of research goals over one year’s time.
  8. Review of similar studies, including similar studies underway or pending which might influence subject accrual.

Electronic proposals should be directed to mstgeorge@mnovarian.org and must be received by the MOCA office by 5 p.m. on March 7, 2014.

Send one original hard copy of the proposal to:

Kathleen Gavin
Executive Director
Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance
4604 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407

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