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Apply to the Specialized Center of Research Program

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The submission period for SCOR is now closed. Thank you for your Letters of Intent.

LLS’s Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) grant program is intended to bring together established investigators from one or several institutions to develop a focused research program, foster new interactions and cooperation, and enhance interdisciplinary research among the participants. The overall goal of this mechanism is to enhance the development of innovative strategies for the treatment, diagnosis or prevention of hematological malignancies. Strategies that move discoveries from the bench to the clinic are of high importance as are integrated translational projects.

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Please find all SCOR program documents available for download here:


Program Description

A major emphasis in the SCOR grant program is on clinical translation of scientific results. Ideally, a SCOR application will propose a combination of basic and translational laboratory research that will lead to eventual clinical translation. There should be clear and direct “bench to bedside” translational trajectory from one or more of the Projects in the SCOR. It is important to note that the inclusion of a clinical trial in and of itself may not satisfy this requirement. Any clinical translation must be a coherent and integrated extension of other SCOR activities, and there should be substantive interactions and synergy between clinical trials and more basic or early translational Projects in the SCOR.

Each SCOR Program is comprised of 3-5 scientific Projects, 2-5 supportive Cores, including an administrative Core. There must be objective evidence of interdisciplinary research and the potential for synergism by linking the various Projects and Cores into a SCOR team. The quality and significance of the Projects and Cores and the enhanced productivity that is likely to be achieved by linking investigators are primary determinants of funding decisions.

A SCOR team will be judged as a unit and funding will not be available for otherwise meritorious but non-synergistic parts of an application.



  • The maximum total award is $5,000,000.00
  • The maximal total annual award is $1,000,000.00 for each year of the five-year grant.
  • The maximum annual indirect cost is $150,000.00 (15% of total annual costs). You may claim less than 15% of the indirect costs and apply those costs to the direct costs.
  • The SCOR Director has the authority to budget these funds among the various Projects and Cores.


How to Apply

  • Please refer to the Guidelines & Instructions document above.
  • Is this your first time applying for an LLS Research grant? You can get started by requesting a new account in the LLS Research Portal by clicking here.
  • Applicants must carefully read the program guidelines before beginning their applications.
  • See the table below for all the key dates and deadlines:

2023-2024 Application Key Dates

Phase Date
Call for Proposals October 6, 2023
Letter of Intent Due December 7, 2023, 3:00 PM (ET)
Notification of Full Application Invite January 18, 2024
Full Application Deadline March 28, 2024, 3:00 PM (ET)
Notification of Awards* June 2024
LLS’s receipt of signed Funding Agreement and Milestones and Deliverables September 1, 2024
Award Start Date October 1, 2024

*LLS' non-negotiable funding agreement terms & conditions are available for download above

More Questions?

Please refer to the downloadable Guidelines and Instructions document above for answers and for contact information.