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Junior Faculty Training & Education Opportunities

 CRTEC supports the training and education of the CU Cancer Center Junior Faculty, referred to as Mentored Members. In addition to assisting with the CU Cancer Center T32 Training in Cancer Biology Grants, organizing and facilitating the Cancer Symposium Seminars and Colloquiums, disseminating relevant grant and training opportunities, and funding innovation awards. CRTEC also provides quarterly meetings and workshops that focus on the greatest needs of junior faculty, on topics such as career development, grant writing, grant reviewing, mentoring students, and scientific writing and publishing. In addition, CRTEC plans an annual retreat providing important networking activities for mentors and mentees.

Grant Workshops

At the grant workshops, Mentored Members planning on submitting a grant are able to submit their initial grant application to CU Cancer Center Members experienced in grant writing for feedback and critiques.  At the workshop, Mentored Members work with the CU Cancer Center Members to improve their grant applications.

Grant Workshops occur on the second Monday of each month.  For more information, or to sign up to participate, contact CRTEC@cuanschutz.edu.

Cancer Innovation Grants

Cancer Innovation Grants are provided as a collaboration between the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center and the College of Nursing. Cancer Innovation Grants are intended to provide funding support for research-related expenses of novel cancer-focused research projects. that have a high likelihood of leading to NIH F/K or R funding or other extramural support. The award is for $10,000 for one year.

Funds can only be used for research-related lab expenses. Personnel and travel costs are not allowed. Projects must use a portion of the budget in Cancer Center Shared Resources.

Grants will be provided based on scientific merit, the likelihood that the successful completion of the proposed research will add to their current work, and a detailed and specific plan for submitting a subsequent F-, K-, or R-series or similar grant application.


  • Pre-Doctoral Students (PhD, MD, or Nursing); Post-Doctoral Trainees (PhD or Nursing); Junior Faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor); Residents; and Research Fellows are eligible to apply as PI of an Innovation Grant. 
    • Note: Preference will be given to junior faculty who are mentored members of the University of Colorado Cancer Center or faculty in the College of Nursing and to trainees in labs of Cancer Center or College of Nursing faculty members.
  • Proposed projects must be largely cancer-focused and have a high likelihood of generating strong preliminary data for a subsequent extramural support mechanism.
  • Individuals from underrepresented groups in biomedical research, as defined by the NIH , are strongly encouraged to apply.

Conditions of Award

As conditions for receiving a Cancer Innovation Award, we ask the following:

  • That you serve as a reviewer in future Innovation Grant cycles.
  • That you submit a final report within 30 days of the award end date.
  • That you report to us all extramural grants that you apply to for two years after the award end that is related scientifically to this project by filling out two annual update surveys that we will send to you.


The application cycle is currently closed. Please check back in Spring 2024.

Required application components include:

  • NIH Biosketch of the PI
  • Research Plan - to include the following (4-page maximum):
    • Background
    • Hypothesis
    • Specific Aims
    • Methods
      • Methods must include (and explain) the integration of at least one Cancer Center shared resource
    • Plan for Statistical Analysis
    • Plan for Obtaining Subsequent Extramural Funding
    • Timeline with quarterly expected goals
  • Budget and Budget Justification (1-page maximum)
    • Include a detailed budget and justification of the budget items
    • In the budget include costs for using at least one Cancer Center Shared Resource in the project.

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Review Process and Notification

  • Applications will undergo a peer review process and will be scored using the NIH scale and criteria.
  • Applicants will be notified of the award by late August to early September.
  • The grant award period will begin on October 1st.


Reach out to Adela Cota-Gomez at CRTEC@CUAnschutz.edu with any questions.

New Investigator Clinical Research Orientation Course

Through Skillsoft, a new course for emerging investigators performing clinical research is now developed and ready for CU Cancer Center members who plan to become involved in clinical research as a principal investigator or sub-investigator, either on a new clinical trial or an existing protocol.

This course does not replace other regulatory trainings or onboarding activities required by the University of Colorado or divisions but gives new investigators an overview of the research infrastructure of the CU Cancer Center and provides practical information to supplement the additional trainings in the onboarding process. 

To access the course in Skillsoft:

  1. Log on to your campus portal
  2. Select the Skillsoft tile. Skillsoft will open in a separate window.
  3. Select Library.
  4. Under CU Custom Content, select your campus folder. 
  5. Select the specific Category folder you need (SOM).
  6. Locate the title of the course and click LAUNCH.
  7. Invite them to training opportunities, or sometimes we will sponsor a training.

Mentored-Members Retreat

The CRTEC office organizes annual thematic retreats for CU Cancer Center mentored members that enhance career development and training. The retreats showcase the research and scientific accomplishments of mentored members and provide training and support in essential career skills such as grant writing, lab management, mentoring and leadership development.

Check back soon for more information.

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