Research Development

The Masonic Cancer Center Research Development office (MCCRD) provides a number of strategic, proactive, and capacity-building services designed to promote cancer research advancement by:

  • Targeting specific funding opportunities for investigators
  • Supporting collaborative team science and interdisciplinary research
  • Facilitating faculty and trainee development and education

Programs, services and events offered by the MCCRD include: 

Proposal Development

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MCC-supported faculty/trainee submitting a research proposal? We’re here to help! Please submit our short form 6 weeks before the proposal deadline and we’ll be able to provide resources and support to assistance with proposal development and submission.

Peer Review Program

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Need another set of eyes to really make your ideas pop of the paper? Send your concept page, proposal, manuscript, revision strategy, etc. to our Peer Review Program to receive feedback, ideas, and suggestions from experts at the Masonic Cancer Center!

Research Discussion Forums

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We offer two Informal discussion series, both designed to provide a forum to discuss research, troubleshoot experimental design, and formulate ideas for grant proposals with feedback from peers and mentors. 

Team Science Initiatives

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We’re here to promote and support team science by actively bringing MCC investigators together around specific team science opportunities and providing those groups with the tools and resources they need to support, develop and successfully run team-based research initiatives. 

Professional Networking

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Professional and social events provide a unique opportunity for faculty members and postdocs of the Masonic Cancer Center to learn, network and socialize beyond their usual working groups and in a more informal setting. Hope you can join us!

Events, Seminars and Workshops

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Stay informed on the latest scientific information and professional development exploration through numerous offerings on campus that are relevant to Masonic Cancer Center members!

MCC Research Development Team

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Elizabeth Fedie, MPNA, Research Development Manager
Elizabeth Fedie completed her Bachelor’s degree in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development and her Master’s degree in Public and Non-profit Administration. Her previous professional experience includes working in cancer genetics and genome engineering laboratories and as Administrative Director for the Center for Genome Engineering and for the Brain Tumor Program here at the University of Minnesota. Elizabeth is driven to advancing cancer research by providing exceptional proposal support services and by developing innovative strategies to promote team science and new collaborative endeavors.

Nick Loch

Nicholas Loch, Research Grant Coordinator
Nicholas completed his Bachelor’s degree in History and has over 11 years of experience working at the University of Minnesota, providing exceptional support services and coordinating communications and logistics for complex projects spanning multiple departments, colleges and institutions. Nick is also interested in audiovisual technologies and shares this talent by leading the audiovisual services for the MCC Seminar Series each week. Nick is committed to providing exceptional proposal development services and to developing new tools, templates and resources that further advance the mission of the MCC Research Development office.

Susan Rottschaefer

Susan Rottschaefer, MSRD and Operations Coordinator
Susan completed her Bachelor's degree in Biology and her Master's degree in Entomology.  Her previous professional experience includes working as a research scientist at Cornell University, where she studied population genetics and molecular evolution in malaria mosquitoes.  Susan's time is split between pre-award activities and supporting MCC Operations initiatives, including program evaluations, database creations and maintenance, progress report monitoring and effort tracking.

Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.

NCI Clinical Investigator Development Program

This is an exciting new training opportunty for phyisicans interested in dedicating their careers to clinical research.
Application Deadline: September 30, 2017
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Find Funding Opportunities


Please contact our Research Development Staff for assistance.

Elizabeth Fedie photoElizabeth Fedie, MPNA
Research Development Manager


Nick LochNicholas Loch
Research Grants Coordinator
760 MCRB


Susan RottschaeferSusan Rottschaefer, MS
RD and Operations Coordinator
760 MCRB