Funding for Pilot Clinical Trials

The IU Simon Cancer Center has established a process for requesting support for pilot clinical trials. The National Cancer Institute refers to these types of trials as protocol specific research (PSR) and provides funds through the IU Simon Cancer Center support grant. These funds cover the cost of a core group of research nurses and data managers for the conduct of high priority, innovative, feasibility or proof-of-principle medical clinical trials originating from the center’s programs. The requests for funding are to be used for early phase testing of a candidate agent or device for the diagnosis, prevention, detection or treatment of cancer.

To distribute these funds and foster conduct of high impact clinical trials, the following review process is in place. No specific dollar limits will be applied as the major benefit will be access to resources needed to conduct the clinical trial. Applications will be received and reviewed monthly. The investigator must provide to the concept review panel and the SRC a brief statement describing how the results of this pilot study will be used to develop further trials or funding applications.


Please send a three-page overview of the proposed clinical trial including trial design and rationale or significance to Elizabeth Parsons. The protocol will be reviewed for suitability of support by the IU Simon Cancer Center Investigator-Initiated Trial (IIT) Concept Assessment Panel.