Andreucci Elena

"University of Florence - Department of Experimental and Clinical Biomedical Sciences “Mario Serio”"

miR-214-induced Melanoma hYperpigmentation: how to overcome taRgeted, Immuno- and rADiotherapy reSistance (MYRIADS)

Borsari Chiara

"University of Milan - Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences"

taCkling pANcreatiC cancER metabolism with innovative COvalent chemical ProbEs – CANCERCOPE

Kopecka Joanna

"University of Turin - Department of Oncology"

How ERa-dependent circuitries deterMine response to immunE checkpoint inhibitoRs in non-small cell lunG cancEr EMERGE

Marranci Andrea

"Fondazione Pisana per la Scienza ONLUS Section of Genomics and Transcriptomics"


Ravegnini Gloria

"University of Bologna - Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology (FABIT)"

Deciphering DNA damage repair-related vulnerabilities in leiomyosarcoma (CHIMERA)

Sestito Rosanna

"IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori Regina Elena IRE (Roma) - Preclinical Models and New Therapeutic Agents Unit"

Exploring the role of endothelin-1/miR-200b-c/ZEB1/gasdermin E circuitry for the early detection of high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma

Call closed. The evaluation results will be communicated via email to each candidate.
The Guido Berlucchi Foundation Mini-Grant Programme 2023 aims to support young Principal Investigators performing basic research in oncology by financing laboratory running costs.

Applications can be submitted from March 17th to May 16th, 2023, at 13:00 (Central European Time). Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

PI eligibility

The Guido Berlucchi Foundation Mini-Grant Programme is open to researchers here referred to as Principal Investigators (PI) with a doctoral degree (PhD) or equivalent degree, including medical speciality, or at least 5 years of postgraduate research experience.

Applicants can be of any nationality and must be 40 years old or younger by the time of the call deadline (i.e., the Applicant’s birth date must be May 16th, 1983, or after). One-year age limit extension is allowed for each parental, sick and military duties leave, when the leave has been longer than four months and reported into the Curriculum Vitae annexed to the Application.

The PI at the time of the submission:

  • must have at least 3 publications as first/last author;
  • cannot have funded grants of a total amount higher than 40,000 euros valid in the 12 months after the call deadline.

The PI is not eligible when he/she:

1) is a winner of the 2022 Mini-Grant call;

2) in the past 3 years has worked with-or currently works with- a member of the Guido Berlucchi Foundation Technical Scientific Committee;

3) in the past 3 years has published with a member of the Guido Berlucchi Foundation Technical Scientific Committee, and both persons hold a relevant position (first, last, or corresponding author) in the publication.

Project eligibility

The project should be knowledge gain-driven and focused on basic oncology research. There are no pre-defined priority research topics, but priority will be given to fundamental research projects with focus on cancer onset and progression mechanisms.

The project must be commensurate with the candidate's experience and with the grant duration and funding amount.

The project will start on January 15th, 2024.

Funding rules

The Guido Berlucchi Foundation Mini-Grant is a fixed contribution of 35,000 euros to support laboratory running costs to be spent within maximum 24 months from the first instalment.

The PI must work in an Italian public or private non-profit Organisation at the time of application. The Grant will end automatically if the employment relationship between the PI and the hosting Organization is terminated, and the unspent Grant amount will be returned to the Guido Berlucchi Foundation. Brief interruptions in the PI’s contracts must be discussed with the Guido Berlucchi Foundation.

The hosting Organization must not withhold more than 7% overheads on the Mini-Grant and must guarantee the availability of working space and materials for the PI’s project.

Eligible laboratory running costs:

Consumables such as materials and reagents.

  • Services such as the use of the Organisation core and animal facilities and external services, as for sequencing, imaging, cloning, etc.
  • PI’s missions such as travelling costs and scientific events attendance fees.
  • Publication costs, such as editorial fees, limitedly to publications in which the PI is first, last, or corresponding author and in which the Guido Berlucchi Foundation is acknowledged.
  • Equipment such as common appliances within the limit of 10% of the grant.

Application procedure

Applicants should submit their Application in the “Bandi” area of the before the deadline.

In order to be considered eligible, Applications must include:

- Application Form, duly filled in all its parts;

- Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae, preferably in Europass format, including a complete list of publications and grants;

- Privacy statement, duly filled in all its parts;

- Hosting Organisation Engagement Letter, signed by the legal representative.

The templates of the Application Form, Privacy statement, and the Hosting Organisation Engagement Letter are annexed to this Call.

Evaluation procedure

Applications will be subjected to an administrative eligibility check. They will then be evaluated by the Technical Scientific Committee of the Guido Berlucchi Foundation, plus an eventual external referee chosen on the basis of the topic of the research project.

Applications will be evaluated according to the Evaluation Criteria published as annex to this Call. Only the applications scoring above the threshold for eligibility of 15/25 points will be ranked and awarded upon funds availability. In the present Call, the Guido Berlucchi Foundation will support a maximum of six Mini-Grants.

The application to the Call implies the acceptance of the unquestionable decisions concerning the selection of projects and the subsequent awards.

Funding and Payments

The successful PI will receive from the Guido Berlucchi Foundation the first instalment equivalent to the 50% of the Mini-Grant, within three weeks from the receipt of the “Dichiarazione di partecipazione del ricercatore al progetto” signed by the hosting Organization.  

The balance payment request can be submitted to the Guido Berlucchi Foundation, jointly with the Mini-Grant Progress Report, at any time after month 6 of the project. The balance payment is subject to unquestionable evaluation of the Mini-Grant Progress Report by the Technical Scientific Committee of the Guido Berlucchi Foundation. If the Mini-Grant Progress Report is approved, the balance payment will be made within three weeks from the approval. If the Mini-Grant Progress Report is not provided or approved by the Technical Scientific Committee, the PI will not receive any further payment.

Within one month from the end of the project, the Mini-Grant Final Report should be sent to the Guido Berlucchi Foundation.  


If you have any query regarding the Call or the application process, please contact the Guido Berlucchi Foundation at In your email indicate also a phone number, where you could be reached, if needed, during working hours. You will receive a written answer within three working days.

The awarded PI will be given access to a personal area in the Fondazione Guido Berlucchi web portal to be used for any contact with the Guido Berlucchi Foundation, including document uploading.


Application Form -Template

Privacy statement -Template

Hosting Organisation Engagement Letter - Template

Evaluation Criteria - for vision

Mini-Grant Progress/Final Report -Template – only for vision

Dichiarazione di Partecipazione dell’Ente di affiliazione – only for vision