It begins with an idea.
CEDAR project ideas come from anywhere and anyone. In fact, CEDAR researchers themselves determine which ideas are strong enough to put forward. Everyone from graduate students to technicians to senior faculty can lead projects—we value intellectual merit over traditional hierarchy.
Research teams write short project proposals with clear, measurable milestones.
Proposals are evaluated by a review committee—a group of CEDAR leadership and senior scientists with diverse areas of expertise. We only fund projects that meet high standards of scientific rigor, innovation, feasibility, and potential impact on patient lives. Our internal mechanism for funding projects expedites the process of discovery.
Transdisciplinary project teams are formed to advance the idea.
Groups with members from many disciplines maximize learning and creative problem solving. Our research hubs are loosely organized to encourage flexible, transdisciplinary research. Collaboration and diversity are the expectation. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires unproven, out-of-the-box thinking.
Milestones are reviewed on a regular basis and revised when necessary.
The science informs our decisions, helping us focus on the practical implementation of our discoveries. When we fail, we can quickly pivot and reorient projects in a more fruitful direction. Recurring milestone reviews ensure that each project is fulfilling its goals.
CEDAR removes the burden on researchers to perform onerous administrative functions.
We don't require them to support themselves through external grants, hire new employees, conduct basic lab operations, or manage equipment ordering and maintenance. This enables our researchers to be laser-focused on achieving our mission of early cancer detection.