Pilot Award

Dr Kuo-Shyan Li in his lab


Pilot Award (PA) proposals ($90,000, one year) are the smallest size grants we award. These proposals have usually one (or two smaller) aims that describe work requiring one year to complete. They might have only one PI with or without collaborators. They are usually a proof-of-concept, pilot & feasibility type grant.


This grant award would total $90,000 over one year. 


The Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) seeks investigators and teams with the tools to study neuroendocrine cancers in innovative and transformative ways.


  • Applicants must have a faculty appointment (assistant professor and above).
  • Applicants must have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research.
  • Applicants must have an MD, PhD, MD/PhD or equivalent degree.
  • Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to continue with NET research and the potential for further development in this area.
  • Prior research in this field is not a prerequisite; in fact, the Foundation wishes to encourage expert scientists to enter the field. Applicants must, however, demonstrate a plan for continuing their research in NETs beyond the award period.
  • Eligible organizations include public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories, both domestic and international. Grants will be paid in US dollars.


  • Projects that bring together investigators from diverse scientific disciplines are highly encouraged. For team applications, one recipient principal investigator and recipient institution must be selected. International applications are welcome.
  • Awardees, as a condition of acceptance, will be required to attend the annual NETRF Research Symposium. Up to $2,000 may be allocated from the grant to offset travel costs for the Symposium, if held in person. 

Selection process

NETRF will recruit for Pilot Award applications as part of our annual Request for Applications (RFA). Letters of Intent (LOI) are reviewed by the NETRF Board of Scientific Advisors, with applicants invited to submit full applications based on the quality of the project, support from the applicant’s institution, budget, and potential of the research to advance the field.

Grant monitoring

Grant recipients are required to submit biannual reports detailing scientific progress, research milestones achieved, and financial expenditures related to the project. The reports disclose updates on publications, patents and clinical trial advances when applicable. These reports are reviewed by NETRF’s Scientific Review and Grants Administration team to ensure that funds are being properly spent and that sufficient progress is made throughout the grant term. Continued funding is contingent upon review of progress and achievement of relevant milestones. Post-award reports at one, three and five years are required to measure longer-term outcomes of the funded research

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