Research Grants

Research Grants

stand-up-to-cancer-logo                                                                                   Ovarian Cancer Dream Team Announcement

The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation is thrilled to announce our support of the New Stand Up to Cancer Dream Team Dedicated to Ovarian Cancer! The New Translational Research Ovarian Cance rDream Team will focus on DNA Repair Therapies. The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation is contributing $500,000 to this effort.

Never before have traditionally independent organizations come together to fund a major cancer research initiative. Together, we are all breaking new ground by keeping the focus on the patient and her outcome. We are taking this step together for ovarian cancer patients everywhere. For the thousands of women and families affected by ovarian cancer who are looking to the world of science for answers, innovative research is the best hope for achieving better outcomes.

The Ovarian Cancer Dream Team is made up of incredible scientists driven by the principles of collaboration, innovation, acceleration, targeted therapy and translational research. Alan D’Andrea, MD, co-director of the Gene Therapy Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and the Fuller-American Cancer Society professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will lead the Dream Team. Elizabeth M. Swisher, MD, professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington in Seattle, will be co-leader. In addition to the team leaders, the project will involve researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; University of Chicago; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.  The Dream Team will focus on treatments for ovarian cancer patients today and prevention and early detection of the disease.

Click Here to Donate to the Ovarian Cancer Dream Team and choose Ovarian Cancer Dream Team from the drop-down menu.


Every year, the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc. funds research to find a cure for ovarian cancer, a screening test for early detection, breakthrough treatments and improve the quality of life for those living with ovarian cancer. Special consideration is given to those researchers in the state of Pennsylvania. However, we welcome submissions from all cutting edge ovarian cancer researchers.


Research proposals may be individual projects or part of a larger research project related to ovarian cancer. All research proposals will be considered, however, special consideration will be given to local research projects. Consideration will be given to proposals leading to early detection, better treatment or a cure for ovarian cancer.

Grant proposals for 2018 may not exceed $50,000.


Recommendation of award recipients will be made by Board Members and/or a member of the Medical Advisory Board. Proposals will be reviewed by a member of our Medical Advisory Board. The recommended will be discussed and voted on by Board Members.

Time Line

Deadline for submission is March 10, 2018 . Notification of action by the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc. will be given within 30 days of receipt of the proposal.

Application Requirements

Proposals must include the following:

  1. Abstract of proposed researchrationale of the study, aims, and an overview of research design and methods.
  2. Summary of proposed research proposal(one paragraph) which describes the proposed research in terms an educated lay person would understand and describes the significance of the research to the patient population.
  3. Research Proposal(not to exceed 6 pages- not including references) Include any supporting information deemed essential.
  4. Budgetdetailing direct cost expenditures. All costs must be itemized. Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc. funds cannot be used for indirect costs, PI salary replacement, or travel.Information about PI should include:
    • Statement of career goals of PI- (one page).
    • Curriculum vitae-including education, honors, professional experience, publications, grants.
    • Contact information for PI which includes direct phone number and email
  5. Letter of recommendationfrom the relevant person overseeing institution, department or lab where the research will be conducted.
  6. Project Timelinedetailing the expected chronological progress of research goals.

Proposals are due to the SROCF office by TBA

Send one orignial hard copy of the proposal to:

Robin CohenExecutive DirectorSandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation 2010 West Chester Pike, Suite 410 , Havertown, PA 19083

Additonally, send an electronnic version of the proposal with attachments to Robin Cohen at



2017 Grants:

Stand Up to Cancer Ovarian Cancer Dream Team Grant

$50,000 to Dr. Neil Johnson at Fox Chase Cancer Center

2016 Grants:

Stand Up to Cancer Ovarian Cancer Dream Team Grant

$50,000 to Dr. Garcia at University of Pennsylvania

2015 Grants:

Stand Up to Cancer Ovarian Cancer Dream Team Grant

$30,000 to Dr. Paul Cairns at Fox Chase Cancer Center

2014 Grants:

Stand Up to Cancer Ovarian Cancer Dream Team Grant

$50,000 to Dr.Kasia Urbanska at the University of Pennsylvania

2013 Grants:

$50,000 to Drs. George Coukos, MD, Ph.D. and Chunsheng Li, Ph.D. at Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center for Bi-specific T-cell Engagers (BiTEs) against tumor vasculature as an immune therapy for ovarian cancer.

$50,000 to Erica Golemis, Ph.D. at Fox Chase Cancer Center for Therapeutic targeting of ovarian cancer with HSP90 inhibitor ganetespib (STA-9090).

$50,000 to Sandra Orsulic, Ph.D. in collaboration with Beth Karlan, MD at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for A Discriminatory Gene Signature for Early Ovarian Cancer Recurrence.