Mars Shot Request for Proposals

The SNMMI Mars Shot Research Fund (MSRF) was created to provide resources that translate visionary nuclear medicine imaging, radiopharmaceutical therapy, and data science research into tools or treatments that help to improve the lives of patients. The basis of the fund is the Mars Shot for Nuclear Medicine, Molecular Imaging, and Molecularly Targeted Radiopharmaceutical Therapy publication.


The MSRF is excited to release this Request for Proposals for highly innovative research projects; specifically in prostate cancer, neuroendocrine cancer, breast cancer, or other research projects aligning with the Mars Shot initiative. 

The MSRF will fund up to 5 grants during this RFP including:

  • One grant of total costs up to $1 million (includes up to 10% indirect costs)
    • Must be a multi-center proposal (minimum 2 institutions) over the course of 2 years 
  • Up to four grants, each of total costs up to $500,000 (includes up to 10% indirect costs) over the course of 2 years 
Applications from North America will be given preference.

Submission Deadlines

  • Call for Proposals: December 1, 2022
  • Letter of Intent Submission Due Date: January 17, 2023
  • Notification of Letter of Intent Decision: January 31, 2023
  • Proposal Submission: March 15, 2023
  • Award Notification: May 15, 2023


A Letter of Intent (LOI) (maximum of one page; single-spaced, at least 10-point font with one-inch margins) and an estimated high-level project budget budget to highlight expenditures for year 1 and year 2 must be included as page two. The grant will not fund capital equipment (>$5,000) and funding of professional salaries will align with NIH salary cap rules. Both must be submitted as an Adobe PDF document and received by by 11:59 pm ET on January 17, 2023. 

LOI should include:

  • Project title
  • Principal investigator and co-investigator(s)
  • Principal investigator’s contact information
  • Study aim(s)
  • Description of how this research aligns with the Mars Shot Initiative and its impact
  • Study design