Apply for the NCI SPRINT Program





The National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s Speeding Research-tested INTerventions (SPRINT) program is designed to foster an innovation ecosystem for interventionists by providing real-world, hands-on training on how to transform innovations in cancer control into market-ready products and services.


NCI-funded investigators with either a currently active R01 grant (that is at least in year 2) or an R01 that was completed after January 1, 2014, are eligible to apply. The focus of the R01 grant must be on the design, testing, delivery, and/or implementation of an intervention or tool to advance cancer prevention and control.


SPRINT teams must consist of at least two individuals – the principal investigator and an entrepreneurial lead (often a graduate student or postdoc) – but can include one additional co-investigator, as well as someone with business experience who can serve as the team’s Mentor during the course (having a Mentor is highly encouraged, but not required for program participation). At least one team member must be willing to commit at least 20 percent of his/her time to the training program and customer discovery phase of the curriculum. Teams are expected to participate in all in-person and virtual meetings and to complete a minimum of 40 “customer discovery” interviews.


  • 8 weeks of training (both in-person and online);
  • Networking opportunities with individuals in industry;
  • Personalized guidance from instructors with start-up experience; and
  • An award of $21,750 to defray the cost of supplies, travel to in-person meetings in Rockville, Maryland, and travel to client interviews. Note: Recovery of indirect costs is limited to $6,750.


Apply online at Application are due by 11:59 PM EST on January 11, 2019.


An informational webinar will be held on December 12 at 3:00 PM EST. You can register for the webinar here.

For more information, contact:

Cynthia A. Vinson, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Senior Advisor for Implementation Science
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

April Oh, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director
Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences