Addressing Health Disparities in Cancer Through Basic Research

The Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center co-sponsored this Pilot Grant opportunity to encourage basic scientists to conduct innovative research into the biology underlying racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in cancer. The goal of this Pilot Grant Opportunity was to generate new insights about basic mechanisms contributing to health disparities that could improve the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer, and ultimately reduce the unequal burden of cancer in society.

This funding opportunity was open to any faculty member holding a Harvard University faculty appointment. Three Pilot Grants were awarded in amounts of up to $50,000 for each one-year project.

Funding decisions for the Addressing Health Disparities in Cancer through Basic Research Pilot Grants were made in June, 2012.

Sponsoring Program

Health Disparities Research


Peter Howley, MD | Small Molecule Screen to Identify Compounds Targeting HPV Positive Cervical Cancers and Precancers
Larissa Lee, MD | Genomic Profiling of Uterine Papillary Serous Carcinoma in African American Women
Andrea Baccarelli, MD, MPH | Validating Epigenetic Markers for Studies of Disparities in ER-Negative Breast Cancer