EGRP News Flash - July 29, 2010

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcement for Support of Cancer Epidemiology Cohorts

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) published a notice in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts of its intent to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to provide support for core functions of cancer epidemiology cohorts (CECs).

For the purpose of this FOA, a CEC is defined as either:

  1. A cohort of at least 10,000 study participants that is intended to examine multiple exposures and study participant characteristics, and one or multiple types of incident cancer, or
  2. A cohort of at least the same size designed to study cancer-related outcomes among persons diagnosed with cancer. Cancer-related outcomes among cancer survivors include, but are not limited to, cancer recurrence, development of new primaries, survival and physical health conditions, chronic diseases related to the cancer, and cancer-directed therapy, or its consequences.

    NOTE: Occupational cohorts will be excluded from the forthcoming FOA because they typically have a limited number of focused exposures assessed.

Specifically, this FOA will support either creation of new cohorts, or the activities needed to maintain or upgrade CEC core functions (such as recruitment, retention, and biospecimen collection) and methodological research to validate or evaluate new or existing approaches to core infrastructure functions in previously established CECs supported by the Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program (EGRP), DCCPS. Research projects relying on a given cohort’s infrastructure will continue to be supported separately through investigator-initiated grant mechanisms (R01, P01, etc.).

It is expected the FOA will be published in Summer of 2010. Complete information on CECs will be provided in the forthcoming FOA. Applications are not being solicited at this time.

The contact for general questions is Deborah M. Winn, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences; e-mail:

  • Access the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for details: NOT-CA-10-029External Web Site Policy

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