Driven to Discover State Fair Grants


The MCC Driven to Discover (D2D) grants are designed to support new research ideas that aim to assess or improve cancer treatment and prevention by utilizing the population attending the Minnesota State Fair. Studies funded through this mechanism must enroll and collect data from subjects at the Driven to Discover Research Facility at the Minnesota State Fair. We invite University of Minnesota faculty who are MCC members to take advantage of this unique opportunity to quickly and efficiently recruit research participants for on-site human-subjects research at the Minnesota State Fair. 

For complete Research Opportunity Information and Application:

Funding Opportunity:

  • Eligibility: PI must be an MCC member holding U of M faculty appointment

  • Research Focus: must have a “cancer or cancer-related theme” and address one of the MCC Scientific Priorities for Growth

  • Funding: $15,000 for three studies ($5,000 each)

Grant Program Contacts:

Information about D2D: The Driven to Discover Research Facility is available at: Driven to Discover.

All questions related to the funding application, requirements, or eligibility should be directed to:
Jessica Raines-Jones
Research Development Coordinator

All questions related to the Driven to Discover Research Facility and Research Opportunity space application should be directed to:

Previous Grantees 


D2D Survey of Parent/Guardian and Adolescent Roles in HPV Vaccination Decisions
Deanna Teoh, MD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, Medical School 
Collection of Oral Samples to Investigate the Effects of Environmental Exposures
Silvia Balbo, PhD, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health


The Impact of Social Media Messaging on Young Adult HPV Vaccination Beliefs
Deanna Teoh, MD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, Medical School

Non-Invasive Biomonitoring of Multi-class Exposures to Carcinogens in Hair using Liquid Chromatography/High Resolution Accurate Mass Spectrometry
Robert Turesky, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy


Cancer & U: What Do You Know About this Deadly Disease?
Hee Yun Lee, PhD, School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development
Jennifer Ball, PhD, School of Journalism, College of Liberal Arts

Genetics Hide and Seek
Heather Zierhut, PhD, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, College of Biological Sciences


Sunscreen Dispensers at the Fair
Megan Wood, Medical School
Maria Hordinsky, MD, Department of Dermatology, Medical School

POP QUIZ: Enlighten Your Mind and Save A Life
Amber Retzlaff, Medical School
Kathryn Dusenbery, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical School


Familial Cancer Testing Study (FACTS!)
Bharat Thyagarajan, MD, PhD, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Medical School

Colon Cancer. iPrevent. iTreat. iBeat.
Charles Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School

Contact Us: 

Jessica Raines-Jones
Research Development Coordinator

Elizabeth Fedie
Research Development Manager

David Largaespada, PhD
Associate Director for Basic Sciences


Apply Here!