Developmental Research Program (DRP)

​​Leader: Sissy Jhiang, PhD; Co-Leader: Steven Sherman, MD

The DRP will be led by a primary Leader at OSUCCC along with a Co-Leader at MDACC. The OSUCCC Leader, Dr. Sissy Jhiang, is a well-established NIH funded laboratory investigator in thyroid cancer; the MDACC Co-Leader Dr. Steven Sherman, an international leader in thyroid cancer clinical trials, this model allows for stewardship of translational and clinical research projects. The goal of the DRP is to promote new translational research ideas in thyroid cancer and support them to attain independent funding or attain full project designation in the SPORE over time. There is also an important goal to attract established investigators from other areas of research into thyroid cancer translational research as there is a need for innovative approaches to research in this disease.

Developmental Research Award

The Ohio State University and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Thyroid Cancer SPORE solicits applications for developmental research pilot projects. We seek applications that will:

  • Result in preliminary data to support successful competitive national grants.
  • Attract new investigators with superior grants to the field of thyroid cancer research.
  • Promote basic, clinical, and translational thyroid cancer research.

OSU and MDACC are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The NCI SPORE program places special emphasis on recruiting qualified women and minorities. Final recommendations for funding will be made by the OSU-MDACC Thyroid Cancer SPORE Executive Committee.

Applications should be submitted by June 9, 2014 to Nanci Edgington via email at Please send all documents together in one pdf file and include “DRP” in the subject line. The anticipated funding period is for one year, 8/1/14 – 7/31/15, $50,000 direct costs. The awarded project will be considered for second year funding if appropriate progress is documented and upon recommendation of the DRP review committee.

Application format: (Arial 11-pitch font, 1/2-inch margins, single-spaced

  • Application cover page
  • Proposed research, 2-page maximum (NIH format)
  • Literature cited
  • Biosketch in NIH format
  • Other Support
  • Detailed Budget and Budget Justification: 1 page. DRP SPORE funds may be used for salary support and/or research support appropriate to the proposal (please note that equipment is not an allowable expense).

Please direct questions to Nanci Edgington, Thyroid Cancer Research Program Rm 570 TMRF, 420 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus OH 43214 Telephone: 614-247-1621 Fax: 614-247-1622, Email:

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: