EGRP's Definition of Consortia

The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) defines a consortium as a group of scientists from multiple institutions who have agreed to participate in cooperative research efforts involving activities such as methods development and validation, pooling of information from more than one study for the purpose of combined analyses, and collaborative projects. Consortia are able to address scientific questions that cannot be addressed otherwise due to scope, resources, population size, or expertise. This cooperation usually involves multiple projects over an extended period of time. Consortia can also be referred to as collaboratives.

The creation of a consortium is independent from NCI and NIH funding mechanisms. Groups participating in a consortium may partner in the writing of research grant applications, but consortium activities are not limited to a specific grant/project.

For sources of support, view our compilation of NCI and NIH funding opportunities that are relevant to cancer epidemiology or contact an EGRP Program Director.

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Cancer Epidemiology Consortia

The list below provides links to information about research consortia that may be of interest to cancer epidemiologists. It is not an exhaustive list. Access to resources is dependent on procedures outlined for each individual consortium. Consortia interested in being included in this list should contact

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Additional Research Consortia

A number of additional research consortia conduct research to better understand determinants of various health outcomes in human populations, which may influence cancer risk. Some of the collaborations in which EGRP staff participate include:

  • Dietary Patterns Methods Project (DPMP)
  • Obesity Policy Research Grantees Network
  • Sensor Methods Collaboratory
  • Multi-cohort Eating and Activity Study for Understanding Reporting Error (MEASURE)
  • Validation Studies Pooling Project (VSPP)
  • The COnsortium of METabolomics Studies (COMETS)

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Role of EGRP

EGRP fosters consortia through the following activities:

  • Advising investigators on the formation of new consortia
  • Advising consortia on policies and processes related to funding, data sharing, and collaborations
  • As appropriate, participating on steering or executive committees or working groups.

Questions about EGRP and Consortia can be sent to

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Data Sharing

EGRP supports compliance with the NIH Data Sharing Policy and Genomic Data Sharing Policy. Data sharing is essential for expedited translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve human health. To help investigators comply with these policies, NCI and NIH support a number of data repositories to help facilitate efficient data sharing, including the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP) and the Cancer Epidemiology Data Repository (CEDR).

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