The purpose of the Graduate Research and Cancer Education (GRACE) Fellowship Program is to encourage UT Dallas full time doctoral students to engage in cancer related research while performing their studies. This program recognizes and supports outstanding students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in any discipline offered at UT Dallas and are under the mentorship of one or more UT Dallas faculty members. The faculty mentor must agree to provide mentorship to the prospective Fellow before an application is accepted as complete.

Award Information

  • The maximum allowable budget for a GRACE grant is $5,000.
  • The duration of the GRACE award is 12 months.

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2023

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Prospective Fellows must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program at UT Dallas.
  • Doctoral students currently receiving an assistantship (RA/TA) are eligible. This program is open to both domestic and international students.
  • Must have a projected graduation date on or after December 2023.
  • Must remain an active doctoral student in the faculty mentor’s laboratory for the entirety of the GRACE award.
  • A Fellow may submit only one GRACE grant proposal during each submission period.
  • Faculty mentors may only nominate 2 Fellows per submission period.

Allowable Expenses

  • Supplies, equipment, reagents, facility use and publication costs
  • Undergrad stipend and benefits
  • Travel, conference/workshop attendance, or conference/workshop hosting for team-building to support the proposal submission for external funding

Unallowable Expenses

  • Faculty salary and/or benefits (neither academic year nor summer support permitted)
  • Transfer of funds to institutions or individuals outside of UT Dallas
  • Administrative or secretarial support
  • Indirect costs

Required Submission Materials

Proposal documents  should have 1-inch margins and use a 12-point font. Upload one combined document (preferably in PDF format):

  • Applicant Information. Name, doctoral program, current GPA, expected graduation date, mentor name.
    • Proposal. In 400 words or less describe the cancer related research project and its potential impact for a general audience. Only the timeframe of the GRACE funding should be discussed. A maximum of 2 graphics, images, or table that reinforce the science are allowed. The bibliography does not count against the word limit.
    • Deliverable. In 200 words or less, specify whether a paper or presentation will emerge from the experience, including a timeline for the research project.
    • Mentor Name and Affiliation. Limited to one page, a letter of support from the faculty mentor discussing the students ability to successfully complete the project and commitment to provide mentorship. Upload the letter directly into the application or send as email to Emily Lacy. Letters must be received by the deadline.

Submission Assistance

  • The Fellow will be listed as the Principal Investigator in the application.
  • The faculty mentor will be added as an additional investigator with a role of ‘Faculty Sponsor’.
  • The Abstract text box should state ‘See Proposal’.
  • Only the requested documents should be uploaded. Additional information may cause the proposal to be rejected.  

Application Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

GRACE applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of UT Dallas faculty and scientists. Awards will be announced following the completion of the reviews and funding will be available soon after.

Awardee Requirements

Upon award, you must submit the following information to the UT Dallas Office of Research and Innovation:

  • Within 1 month of project end: A one-page max progress report including research outcomes, other outcomes (manuscripts submitted/presented, conferences, etc).
  • Upon request: Provide a brief presentation at UT Dallas during a research symposium or other event to highlight the GRACE grant impact.

Other Terms and Conditions

  • Funds will not be released until all necessary compliance related approvals and/or training are acquired, such as IRB, IACUC, IBC, RCR and COI.
  • Funds expire and must be used within 12 months of award. No carryover of funds will be permitted unless approval has been provided by the UT Dallas Office of Research and Innovation. Any unused funds must be returned to the UT Dallas Office of Research and Innovation.
  • The GRACE award will terminate if the Fellow leaves UT Dallas for any reason or moves to a new laboratory, effective as of the last day at UT Dallas or in the laboratory.
  • Failure to comply with any of the Awardee Requirements will result in suspension of GRACE grant funding and becoming ineligible for future seed grant competitions from the UT Dallas Office of Research and Innovation.
  • The GRACE grant award must be acknowledged in any resulting publications, exhibitions, or events, including press releases, using the following language: “This project was funded (or partially funded) by The University of Texas at Dallas Office of Research and Innovation through the GRACE grant program.”

Contact Us

For further information please contact Emily Lacy.