Research Like A Champion (RLAC) Program

The Research Like A Champion (RLAC) Program is a collaborative effort within the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) to drive innovation in cancer research. Undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges and departments across campus are invited to submit proposals for projects looking into the causes, detection, impact, treatment, and prevention of cancer. Individual Notre Dame students or groups of students who choose to work in a team are eligible to apply. Each project proposal must have a mentor. Mentors can range from a University faculty or staff person, to an outside corporate or physician to oversee and guide the project. 

OVERALL GOALS OF THE RLAC AWARD

  • Provide funding for Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross undergraduate and graduate students to carry out cancer research
  • Empower undergraduate and graduate students to innovatively study the causes, detection, impact, treatment, and prevention of cancer

ELIGIBILITY 

  • Currently enrolled Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges and departments

FUNDING

  • Winning proposals will receive an award of $12,500 for a first round submission and up to $20,000 for a second round submission that will provide funding to support student stipends, research supplies, and travel expenses
  • Funding is available to individuals or teams as long as at least one individual is currently enrolled at the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, or Holy Cross College
  • Funding is active until depletion and/or when individual student or no members of a team is enrolled at the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, or Holy Cross College

DEADLINE

The application period has closed. There are two award application period: one in the spring and and one in the fall. Please check back again soon for the spring submission deadline.

PROPOSAL FORMAT AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Proposals must include (all documents in PDF):
    • Cover Page (one-page) containing:
      • Project Title
      • Individual student or team members’ name, major, expected graduation, and contact information (email address and phone number)
      • Mentor’s name, title, and contact information (email address and phone number)
    • Project Proposal (two-page maximum, 12-point font, single-spaced)
      • Project Overview
      • Project Design
      • Potential Obstacles/Hurdles/Pitfalls
      • Expected Goals
    • Reference Page (one page)
    • Budget (one page): be as detailed as possible on allocation of funds
    • Expected Timeline of Project (one page)
    • Letter of Support from Mentor (one page)
    • Mentor CV or Biographical Sketch*
      • *Each project proposal must have a mentor. Mentors can range from a faculty or staff person at Notre Dame or other colleges and universities to an outside corporate representative or physician that can guide the project.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  • Scientific excellence
  • Cancer relevance
  • Well defined deliverables
  • Innovation and creativity

Previous Awardees

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

For information on the RLAC Awards please contact khuynh@nd.edu.