EGRP News Flash - April 12, 2012

EGRP Initiates Consortia Scientist Exchange Program

The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) has initiated a new Consortia Scientist Exchange Program to foster collaborative projects within or across EGRP-supported cancer epidemiology consortia (CEC), and to help initiate long-term multidisciplinary interactions.

Proposed projects might include, but are not limited to, cross-cancer collaborative studies, as well as the sharing of expertise in laboratory methods. Applicants should show that the proposed research or knowledge transfer will clearly expand and improve the scientific aims of the parent CEC, and enhance or expedite its ongoing research activities or infrastructures. Some possibilities are exchanges among or across CECs or between a CEC member and an external group. View a list of EGRP-supported CECs.

EGRP will support domestic or foreign travel of consortia investigators (including Principal Investigators, co-investigators, and scientific staff who are involved in consortia-related research) to engage in collaborative research activities with other consortia groups. Priority will be given to junior researchers.

Application Procedures

In Fiscal Year 2012, there will be one call for applications, and the deadline is May 1, 2012. Applications should provide a brief background description, proposed scope of the collaborative work, and estimates of the length of the exchange and of the budget. Applications should not exceed two pages.

The application and the applicant's curriculum vitae should be submitted via e-mail to Eric DeRycke, M.P.H.

The EGRP Consortia Scientist Exchange Program will reimburse travel expenses up to $5,000. It is anticipated that exchanges will be 1-2 weeks in length (but consideration will be given to exchanges of more than two weeks). Travel must occur between June 15 and September 15, 2012.

Review Criteria

An NCI committee will review the applications. Funding decisions will be based on the availability of funds and the degree to which proposals meet the following criteria:

  • Scientific merit,
  • Credentials of the applicant,
  • Collaborative potential of the proposed research, and
  • Potential for future contribution to the consortium scientific agenda.

Successful applicants will be expected to report back on their collaborative work at the annual meeting of their parent consortium. A written report to NCI will also be required.


  • Application submission deadline: May 1, 2012
  • Travel period for 1-2 week exchanges: June 15, 2012 to September 15, 2012
  • Report back on collaborative work: Oral report at annual consortium meeting (date to be communicated to NCI). Written report to NCI by October 1, 2012.


Eric DeRycke, M.P.H.
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Blvd., Room 5133
Bethesda, MD 20892
Express mail: Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 594-9178

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