EGRP News Flash - March 26, 2009

NCI Administrative Supplements to Promote Research Collaboration; RFA to Enhance Research Resources; Competitive Revision Applications to Leverage NCRR and Center-Like Programs

This week, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced several new funding opportunities made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The recent announcements provide funds for:

We are sending you this News Flash in order to maximize the time you have to apply for funds. You'll note that some details specific to NCI and other Institutes and Centers (IC) are not known yet, and you should frequently check the following Web page for updates: Web Site Policy.

Summary information on the three funding opportunities follows:

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NCI Administrative Supplements to Promote Research Collaborations

Some ARRA funds directed to NCI have been designated for an initiative known as NCI-Activities to Promote Research Collaboration (NCI-APRC). The Institute invites requests for supplemental funding in FY 2009 for existing NCI-funded research projects to support and encourage new multidisciplinary scientific collaborations among NCI grantees, as well as with other members of the scientific community. The NCI-APRC Program can support novel collaborative activities in cancer biology, cancer control and population sciences, cancer surveillance, cancer prevention, health services and outcomes research, and cancer treatment and diagnosis that bring together new ideas and approaches from disparate scientific disciplines. Proposed activities must be within the overall scope of the active parent award and the collaborative activity must be new.

The NCI-APRC Program is anticipated to be highly competitive; 12-15 supplements will be funded for up to two years each. Before submission, all grantees must contact their designated NCI Program Director to discuss the planned collaboration and application. If applicants do not first contact their Program Director, the application will not be considered. This is a one-time announcement with a single receipt date of May 1, 2009.

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is not involved in receipt and processing of these requests. Do not submit via or to CSR. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit electronically as an e-mail attachment (.PDF or MS-Word); however, applications may also be submitted in paper form to the NCI-APRC Program Manager listed below.

Send an electronic copy as an attachment to Stephen White at

If sending paper form by U.S. mail or express delivery, the original and one copy are requested.

Mail to:

NCI-Activities to Promote Research Collaborations Program
C/o Stephen White, NCI-APRC Program Manager
National Cancer Institute, NIH, HHS
6130 Executive Boulevard, EPN Room 5048
Bethesda, MD 20892-7150 (for U.S. Postal Service regular or express mail)
Rockville, MD 20852 (for non-U.S.P.S. delivery)
Tel.: 301-496-5307

Direct all program/scientific related questions/inquiries to your NCI Program Director or to the Division point-of-contact. The contact for our Division - the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) - is Deborah Greenberg, M.S.; Tel.: 301-594-6644; E-mail:

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Biomedical Research Core Centers to Enhance Research Resources (P30)

Along with many other components of NIH, NCI is co-sponsoring a Request for Applications (RFA) for funds to develop resources to support research projects within the context of Biomedical Research Core Centers. Core Center Grants (P30) are institutional awards that provide support for shared resources for categorical research by investigators from different disciplines who provide a multidisciplinary approach to a joint research effort, or from the same discipline who focus on a common research problem. This program will provide funding to develop the resources necessary to conduct relevant research projects, including funds for hiring and providing appropriate start-up packages for newly independent investigators. NCI expects to make up to 10 awards with funding of approximately $8 million in total costs each year for the 2-year period FY 2009 and 2010.

NCI will accept only one application per institution for this initiative. Letters of Intent are due April 18, 2009. Applications must be received by May 18, 2009. NCI's scientific contact is Lester S. Gorelic, Ph.D.; Tel.: 301-496-8580; E-mail:

  • For more information, access the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, RFA-OD-09-005External Web Site Policy.

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Competitive Revision Applications (formerly Competitive Supplements) to Leverage NCRR Center and Center-like Programs

NCRR announces the opportunity for investigators and U.S. institutions/organizations with active investigator-initiated awards (R01, R33, R37, R21, and U01s) to submit revision applications (formerly termed competitive supplements) to leverage the resources, expertise, and infrastructure of the NCRR Centers and Center-like Programs through significant expansion of the scope or research protocol of approved and funded projects.

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 21, 2009 (up to two years of funding), or July 10, 2009 (restricted to one year of funding).

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