For Researchers

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA)
National Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer Research Awards
2021 Request for Proposals

The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance will award grants in November 2021 to support research on the early detection of ovarian cancer.

This award may be used as seed funding to perform preliminary work and establish partnerships as necessary to seek larger grants in the future.

Early career investigators who demonstrate a commitment to research in ovarian, primary peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer are encouraged to apply. Young investigators may be in Ph.D. programs, postdoctoral fellowships, or in their early years in a faculty appointment with appropriate mentorship.

Research proposals may be for individual projects or part of a larger research project related to early detection of ovarian, primary peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer. Awards are available to researchers working anywhere in the U.S. Project funding is available for one year of activity. Grant requests must be for the amount of $50,000.

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

August 30, 2021: Deadline for submission. All proposals must be electronically
received by 4:00pm on this date.
November 1, 2021: Notification of action by MOCA.
November 9, 2021: MOCA Awards Night

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.
  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.
  5. Budget should include the 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, 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 aims.
  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 received by the MOCA office by 4 p.m. CDT on August 30, 2021. Direct your electronic submission to Kate Micek at