Applications for Ruesch Center Funding

Through collaborative research and partnerships with advocacy groups in our community, the Ruesch Center seeks to cure every person with gastrointestinal cancer. Our mission is to integrate scientific discoveries with a patient centered philosophy to transform the standard of care.

Through generous donations from our patients and partners, we are fortunate to have research funding to support several pilot projects each year. This request for applications is not for all members of our cancer community, but specifically for members of Georgetown University and MedStar health. Extramural collaborations can be considered in special circumstances.

  1. Multi-disciplinary partnerships with other Ruesch Members (one or more; list attached) is strongly encouraged. Priority will be given to projects that utilize tissue samples from the Ruesch Center-supported biobank. The attached list summarizes the available samples. Up to four grant projects will be funded for one year and amounts awarded for each project will range from $25,000-$50,000. Projects should focus on and contribute to one of the Center’s strategic aims: to develop and demonstrate highly effective and individualized GI cancer therapies (e.g., for colon or pancreas cancer) that result in measurably improved patient outcomes.
  2. Deploy and validate the integrated therapy development model (prospective biomarker co- development).
  3. Influence the medical, patient, regulatory, and funding communities to align with the work of the Ruesch Center.

Applications are due on or before March 31, 2017. Peer review will be completed and awards announced in June 2017. Applications should be formatted to include an abstract, a more detailed description of the work proposed, not to exceed 5 pages (may include key references), and a proposed budget. Any applicant cannot submit more than one application. The funding period runs from July 1, 2017 through to June 30, 2018.

Applications should be sent to John Marshall at

Download grant information, Ruesch membership list and biobank samples.


Letter of Intent (LOI)

This form should be completed by all Ruesch Center members who wish to demonstrate their intention to apply for Ruesch Center funding for gastrointestinal cancer-relevant research. If this LOI is approved, a more complete description of the member’s study plan and budget will berequested and the amount of the award, not to exceed $50,000 for 1 year of research, will bedecided upon following this standard process.

Letter of Intent (LOI): Application for Ruesch Center Funding