For Researchers

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA)
2024 Ovarian Cancer Research Awards
Request for Proposals


The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) will award multiple grants in May 2024 to accelerate the ovarian cancer research work of Minnesota researchers.

Research proposals may be for 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. Grant requests must be in the exact amount of either $50,000 or $100,000.

All research proposals will be considered; however, special consideration will be given to:
•Innovative approaches to detection or treatment, not previously explored before;
•Proposals which may lead to early detection, better treatment, or a cure for ovarian cancer;
•Projects focused on the prevention of recurrence of ovarian cancer;
•Projects that may benefit women living with ovarian cancer today;
•Translational projects that include a plan for a clinical trial;
•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.

Currently funded MOCA researchers may apply for only one additional grant during the time they have an active grant. All grant activities on a previous award must be up to date, and reports must be submitted before applying for an additional grant award from MOCA.

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.

March 1, 2024       Deadline for submission. All proposals must be emailed to Kate Rodriguez at by 4:00 p.m. CT on this date

April 26, 2024        Notification of funding decision by MOCA

May 14, 2024, 6:30-9 p.m.         MOCA Annual Meeting, Wilder Foundation, (451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul, MN)

Application Requirements
Proposals must be paginated and include the following:

1. Cover letter should include the grant title, the PI’s name and direct contact information, total amount of funding requested, expected period of grant activity.

2. 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, explanation as to why this is innovative (if it is), aims, and a brief overview of research design and methods.

3. Summary of proposed research (one paragraph) which describes the proposed research in terms an educated layperson would understand and describes the significance of the research to the patient population.

4. Research proposal, not to exceed 6 pages. Additional supporting information may be provided in addendum form if deemed essential.

  • If submitting a continuation of a project, include a summary of progress toward previous aims and how this proposal differs from what MOCA has previously funded.
  • If resubmitting a project not awarded MOCA funding in a previous RFP cycle, include a summary of any progress and/or of modifications from the previous proposal.

5. Budget should clearly state total amount requested. Budget should include category of expense and include a rationale for each budget item. MOCA funds can be used for PI salary, conference travel and publication costs as deemed necessary by PI. Salary costs should be detailed. MOCA funds cannot be used for indirect costs.

6. Information about PI, including:

  • Biographical statement of personal career goals of PI (one page)
  • Contact information, including direct phone number and email address
  • Curriculum vitae (resume), including education, honors, professional experience, publications, and grants
  • Biographical sketch format is acceptable.

7. Letter of recommendation from the relevant person overseeing the institution, department, or lab where the research will be conducted.

8. Project timeline detailing the expected chronological progress of research goals over the year of funding requested.

9. Review of similar studies, including similar studies underway or pending which might influence subject accrual or funding.

Electronic proposals must be submitted as one PDF document and be received by the MOCA office by 4:00 p.m. CT on March 1, 2024. Direct your electronic submission to A hard copy of the proposal is not required.

Download a copy of the MOCA Research Award application information, here.

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