Grant Application FAQ

Answers to our most frequently asked questions about the grant application process.

You can also view our current Terms and Conditions, which will answer many questions.

To apply for any of the OCRA grant opportunities please visit ProposalCENTRAL.

OCRA 2023 Grant Cycle

DateStatus
Letter of Intent (LOI) OpensMarch 7, 2022Passed
Letter of Intent (LOI) DueApril 7, 2022Passed
Full Proposal DueJune 22, 2022Current
Grant NotificationEnd of September 2022Next
*all dates are subject to change

All OCRA Grants

Can I budget for indirect costs?

Yes, you can budget up to 10% for indirect costs. Subcontracts cannot include indirect costs. And the costs of subcontracts are not included in the calculation of the 10% for indirect costs.

Can I include tuition, for myself or for my post-doc, in my grant budget?

No.

Can I budget for travel?

Yes, you may budget up to $2,000 per grant year.

Can I include letters of support in my application?

No, these are not required and there is not a place to submit them in ProposalCENTRAL.

Are there stipulations for font and margin size?

Yes, please follow NIH guidelines. Font size needs to be 11 or larger and all page margins must be at least ½ inch or larger.

Can I have an extension on the due date?

No. Late submissions and extension requests are not permitted.

Are PIs working in European, or other non-US based institutions, eligible for OCRA grants?

Yes, international applicants are eligible for OCRA grants.

Can multiple applicants from the same institution apply for the same grant mechanism?

Yes. Each investigator may only submit one grant application, but there is no limit to how many applications an institution can submit.

Can my institution request changes to the Terms and Conditions?

No.

Collaborative Research Development Grants

Is there a minimum, or maximum, number of PIs for this grant?

No. One investigator will need to be selected to oversee the project, but there is no limit on how many other investigators can be listed. Whatever fits the scope of the project is appropriate.

Can I budget for animal supplies?

Yes.

How many Collaborative Research Development Grants do you anticipate granting this year?

The number of new Collaborative Research Development Grants we will grant depends on our total grant budget for the year, and how our Scientific Advisory Committee decides to distribute the research funds.

Should letters of recommendation be sent directly to the OCRA office, or loaded online?

They should be loaded into ProposalCENTRAL along with the rest of your application materials.

Should I use the NIH salary cap when budgeting for salary support?

Yes. Effective January 2, 2022, for all individuals with salary paid by NIH awards, the direct salary cap is $203,700.

Do I really have to limit my references to just one page?

Yes. You will not be punished for brevity and everyone is in the same boat. In this case, feel free to use a smaller font and play with the margins for the reference page if it helps.

Collaborative Research Development Grants – AI

FAQs about the OCRA/Microsoft AI for Health grant opportunity:

What is Microsoft AI for Health? 

Microsoft AI for Health, a philanthropic program at Microsoft, offers access to advanced Microsoft Azure cloud computing and collaboration with data science experts for nonprofits, academia, and researchers.  AI for Health is part of Microsoft’s larger AI for Good initiative. 

How are OCRA and Microsoft partnering? 

OCRA will be providing Collaborative Research Development Grant (CRDG) recipients with monetary support, up to $900,000USD over a period of 3 years. For those CRDG-AI recipients that have AI components to their project, Microsoft will provide in-kind support in the form of Azure computing credits, and in-kind data science support.  This in-kind support from Microsoft will be in addition to the financial support from OCRA. 

I plan to submit a Collaborative Research Development Grant LOI or application but do not plan to propose an AI-related project.  Can I still apply?

Of course! While we are excited about this new collaboration, we anticipate a minority of our applicants will pursue AI-related projects. If you have applied for a CRDG grant in the past, we hope you will apply again for the CRDG grant!  

Do I have to partner with Microsoft AI for health for the CRDG-AI grant? 

Yes. The CRDG-AI grant does require a partnership with Microsoft. If your grant does not have an AI component or you do not wish to partner with Microsoft AI for Health, you should apply for the CRDG and not the CRDG-AI.

Will Microsoft provide any additional financial support for my project? 

No.

What type of support, and how much, will Microsoft provide? 

Microsoft will provide a selected grantee in-kind support in the form of Azure computing credits, and in-kind data science support.  The nature and exact level of support provided will depend on the requirements of the project.  If your project is selected, you will work directly with the staff at Microsoft AI for Health to determine the specifics of the support.  You will also contract directly with Microsoft for that support.  

Will Microsoft review or help select applications for funding? 

All funding decisions will be made by OCRA’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).  Those grant applications requesting support from Microsoft will also be reviewed by the AI for Health team, which will provide feedback to the OCRA SAC, but Microsoft staff will not make funding decisions.  

If my project has an AI component, and I am interested in the Microsoft AI for Health component, do I need to submit a separate application? 

No.  No additional information is needed at the LOI stage.  There are sections in the full application that are required for applicants that wish to request support from Microsoft, in which you will detail the nature of support required.  Please ensure that you fill these sections out in their entirety if you would like to be considered for Microsoft support.

Early Career Investigator Grant (formerly the Liz Tilberis Award)

I am an Assistant Professor but took this position over seven years ago. Am I still eligible to apply for this grant?

No.

I am an Associate Professor. Am I eligible for this grant?

No, Associate Professors are not eligible.

I am a prior recipient of an Ann Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award. Am I eligible to apply for the Early Career Investigator Grant?

Yes. In the past some of our Ann and Sol Schreiber grantees have gone on to be granted Early Career Investigator Grantees.

I am not an oncologist. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, you are eligible. You are not required to be an oncologist or a gynecologic oncologist to apply, though you must conduct ovarian cancer research.

How much of my time needs to be dedicated to ovarian cancer research?

For MDs/DOs or MD/DO-PhD applicants with clinical responsibilities, at least 50% of your time must be dedicated to ovarian cancer research.

For applicants without clinical responsibilities, at least 75% of the time must be dedicated to ovarian cancer research.

How do I, and my institution, certify that I will spend 50% or 75% of my time on research?

You can write as much in a letter accompanying your application. Your institution can do by including this in one of the letters of recommendation.

Is there a page limit on the letters of recommendation?

No hard and fast limit, but we suggest you urge your recommenders to keep it to two pages.

What can I include in the budget?

You may budget for; personnel, supplies, travel, and 10% indirect costs. All other costs are not permitted on Early Career Investigator Grants.

How many Early Career Investigator Grants do you anticipate granting this year?

The number of new Early Career Investigator Grants we will grant depends on our total grant budget for the year, and how our Scientific Advisory Committee decides to distribute the research funds.

Should letters of recommendation be sent directly to the OCRA office, or loaded online?

They should be loaded into ProposalCENTRAL along with the rest of your application materials.

In ProposalCENTRAL, I don’t see a place to upload a cover letter or personal statement. Is this required.

This is not required and will not be accepted.

Where in ProposalCENTRAL can I include supplementary materials?

There is nowhere in ProposaCENTRAL where you can upload miscellaneous documents. No other documents other than those required are permitted.

I have an NCI K99/R00 award. Am I eligible for the Early Career Investigator Grant?

No.

Mentored Investigator Grant (formerly Ann and Sol Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award)

Can one mentor be on multiple applications?

No, each mentor can only support one applicant per year.

Can I have two mentors for one project?

No.

What can I include in the budget?

You may budget for; personnel, supplies, travel, and 10% indirect costs. All other costs are not permitted on Mentored Investigator Grants.

Can I budget for subcontracts?

No, subcontracts are not permitted on Mentored Investigator Grants.

How many Mentored Investigator Grants do you anticipate granting this year?

The number of new Mentored Investigator grants we will grant depends on our total grant budget for the year, and how our Scientific Advisory Committee decides to distribute the research funds.

Should letters of recommendation be send directly to the OCRA office, or loaded online?

They should be loaded into ProposalCENTRAL along with the rest of your application materials.

Is this grant for $75,000 each year for one or two years? Or is the total grant $75,000, which can be used over one or two years?

The total amount of this grant is $75,000. It’s up to you whether you like to budget that for one year or for two years. Regardless, the total cost of the grant cannot exceed $75,000.