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Translational Research Program (TRP) guidelines

The goal of translational research is to reduce the time between laboratory findings and actual treatment.

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

The Translational Research Program (TRP) was formed to enhance the transfer of basic research findings to clinical usefulness.

We are looking for applications that propose novel approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of hematological malignancies and related pre-malignant conditions. Proposals should be based on molecular, cellular, or integrated systems findings and be conceptually innovative and with a clear plan for the eventual clinical translation of the studies proposed and the results expected.

Click here to see our active TRP portfolio.

Please find all TRP program documents available for download here:

New this year:

  • No more Renewal applications! We created a brand-new grants program called ACT that renewal-type requests may very well qualify for. Please follow this link to learn more.
  • We raised the annual award amount!
    • Maximum Annual Direct Costs to $225,000
    • Maximum Total of up to $750,000.00 for 3 Years


Topics of interest include:

  • Novel immunotherapy approaches and understanding novel immune synapses relevant to blood cancers. LLS is particularly interested in immunotherapy approaches to aggressive and indolent lymphoma.
  • Understanding cancer cell/microenvironment interactions especially in the context of translation to novel therapies.
  • Personalized medicine approach for cancer.
  • Safety and efficacy of stem cell transplantation.
  • Long-term outcome assessment following therapies.
  • Treatment of immunocompromised blood cancer patients in the era of infectious disease. Click here to see our current Covid-19 TRP projects.
  • LLS also has a special opportunity for a co-funding arrangement with the Snowdome Foundation and Leukaemia Foundations for Australian researchers and with LLS Canada for Canadian researchers. Please see the Guidelines and Instructions above for application details.

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.
  • See the table below for all the key dates and deadlines: 

2022-2023 Application Key Dates

Phase Date
Call for Proposals August 29, 2022
Letter of Intent Due October 28, 2022, 3:00 PM ET
Full Application Due January 17, 2023, 3:00 PM ET
Panel Review Meetings March 2023
Award Notification* May 2023
Award Start Date July 1, 2023

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the Policies and Procedures?

The Policies and Procedures are available to download from the TRP webpage or from the LLS Research Portal program information pages.

Are corporate entities allowed to apply?

No. Only academic institutions are eligible to receive funds from LLS Research Grants. Applicants from the National Institutes of Health or other government agencies are also not eligible. Corporations conducting blood cancer research may, however, be eligible to apply for Therapy Acceleration Program (TAP) funding.

How is independence defined?

Independence is defined as an academic appointment or similar non-corporate position that has sole responsibility for directing research and funding the work. Usually this means a professor, associate or assistant professor or an equivalent appointment. Post-doctoral and similar appointments are not considered independent positions.

May I submit more than one application?

No. Applicants may only serve as the PI for one new TRP application per cycle.

If I have an existing TRP award, can I apply for a second?

Yes, an investigator may apply for a new TRP if they currently hold an active TRP from a prior year. The proposed work may be a new research objective or may be related to the active TRP but should not directly overlap with the aims of the existing TRP.

Can I apply as a PI on one application and a Co-PI on another application?

No. Applicants may not serve as PI or Co-PI on more than one application within the same cycle. Applicants may, however, serve as Collaborator on more than one application.

Should Collaborators and Co-PIs conduct their research at the same institution as the PI?

Not necessarily. A Co-PI or Collaborator may work at a different institution – or even in a different country – from the PI.

Should my proposal be responsive to the request for proposals (RFP) topics?

Not necessarily. The LLS seeks proposals that are responsive to the RFP but will consider other exceptional proposals with the near-term potential of clinical translation.

What are permissible costs?

Permissible Direct Costs include salary, wage, or stipend with fringe benefits, supplies & materials, equipment, travel, and patient care costs. Permissible Indirect Costs include those incurred for common or joint objectives that cannot be readily identified with a particular project (general maintenance, utilities, library, etc.), as defined in Office of Management and Budget Circular A-21. Impermissible Costs include membership dues, tuition, books, journals, and publication costs.

Are subcontracts allowed?

Yes. The signing institution (i.e. the Sponsoring Institution) is responsible for academic and CRO subcontracts. LLS will only sign a contract with and dispense payments to the Sponsoring Institution and does not facilitate subcontracts.

Could this grant cover any subcontract costs?

Yes. While LLS does not facilitate subcontracts, subcontract costs may be claimed as part of the Sponsoring Institution’s direct costs. Indirect costs may only be claimed by one institution (usually the Sponsoring Institution).

Why is my administrative officer’s name missing from the online application dropdown menu?

In order for personnel to be selected from dropdown menus on the application, each individual must have an account in the LLS Research Portal (FLUXX) that is linked to the Sponsoring Institution of the application. Please contact to request new accounts.

Why can't I delete a document I upload?

In order to avoid accidental deletions, applicants are not granted access to delete uploaded documents. We recommend that all application documents be thoroughly reviewed before they are uploaded. Applicants wishing to correct an uploaded document should contact to have the document replaced with a corrected version. Please note that the correction will be apparent to reviewers.

Can I adjust the margins and font on the Project Description template?

No. Applications that are submitted with altered templates will be triaged.

Do character limits include spaces?

Yes. Character limits include spaces throughout all LLS grant applications.

What if my Human Subjects and Laboratory Animal assurances haven’t been approved before the application deadline (IRB, IACUC)?

Assurances pending approval should be noted on your application, and approval letters should be uploaded as soon as they are received. Approval letters received after the deadline should be sent to as soon as they are received and will be added to your application by LLS administrative staff.

Could someone switch labs before the grant start date of July 1st of the year in which the grant is awarded?

Yes. Applicants should alert LLS Research Administration of a potential move as soon as possible. The new Sponsoring Institution will be subject to LLS approval.

More Questions?

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