Ruesch Center Grant Awards

The Application Process for 2018 Funding Is Closed.


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.

Selection Criteria

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. Up to $200,000 is available for projects in the 2018-2019 cycle. 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. Priority will be given to projects that utilize tissue samples from the Ruesch Center-supported biobank. A list of these biobanks is attached. Projects focusing on the role of the microbiome and GI cancers, survivorship, cancer communications and nutrition are also of interest.
  3. Deploy and validate the integrated therapy development model (prospective biomarker co- development)
  4. Influence the medical, patient, regulatory, and funding communities to align with the work of the Ruesch Center


February 15, 2018

April 13, 2018

April – May 2018

June 2018

June 30, 2019

Applications open

Applications due

Assessment period

Grant awards announced

Research project completes


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.