Developmental Research Program

The Developmental Research Program within the Mayo Clinic Brain Cancer SPORE supports innovative and scientifically sound research projects that investigate a question about translational research in gliomas and other primary brain tumors.

The goal of the Developmental Research Program is to support research projects that will result in the generation of new hypotheses that will be tested in full research projects sponsored by the Brain Cancer SPORE or through other peer-reviewed external grant support.


Objectives of the Developmental Research Program are to:

  • Encourage innovative, translationally relevant laboratory, population and clinical studies while fostering extensive collaboration among basic and population science and clinical disciplines
  • Encourage investigators in related fields to evaluate the potential of applying their research findings to translational projects in brain tumors, while keeping the main focus of generating new hypotheses to test in large-scale research projects or clinical trials

The Developmental Research Program provides up to $50,000 a year for one or more projects each year. The Mayo Clinic Brain Cancer SPORE calls for applications annually. Experienced SPORE investigators formally peer review the submissions.

Funds from the Developmental Research Program are awarded based on:

  • The qualifications of the applicant, with emphasis on prior productivity and potential for success as an independent translational brain tumor researcher
  • The significance, scientific merit and translational potential of the proposed research
  • The value added to the Mayo Clinic Brain Cancer SPORE


The director of the Developmental Research Program is: