EGRP-Supported Health Disparities Research


The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has targeted the reduction of cancer-related health disparities as an important challenge. Health disparities are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of cancer and related adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States. These population groups may be characterized by gender, age, ethnicity, education, income, social class, disability, geographic location, or sexual orientation. The goal is to understand the causes of health disparities in cancer and develop effective interventions to reduce or eliminate them.

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Funding Opportunities

NCI-sponsored Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) related to health disparities include:

  • Mechanisms of Disparities in Chronic Liver Diseases and Cancer - expires April 5, 2019, unless reissued
  • Addressing Health Disparities through Effective Interventions among Immigrant Populations - expires January 8, 2020, unless reissued
  • Addressing the Etiology of Health Disparities and Health Advantages Among Immigrant Populations - expires January 8, 2020, unless reissued
  • Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health - expires May 15, 2020, unless reissued
  • U.S. Tobacco Control Policies to Reduce Health Disparities – expires June 16, 2020, unless reissued
  • Leveraging Population-based Cancer Registry Data to Study Health Disparities - expires September 8, 2020, unless reissued
  • Administrative Supplements to Support Cancer Disparity Collaborative Research (Clinical Trial Optional) - expires September 11, 2020
  • Research on the Health of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Populations (Clinical Trial Optional) - expires January 8, 2021
  • Mechanisms of Disparities in Etiology and Outcomes of Lung Cancer in the U.S.: The Role of Risk and Protective Factors (Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - expires March 5, 2021

EGRP joins with other NCI Divisions, Offices, and Centers and other Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund grant applications submitted in response to FOAs. View the full list of EGRP FOAs.

EGRP also encourages investigator-initiated grant applications on health disparities topics.

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Funded Projects

The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) supports a variety of research addressing health disparities. To learn more about EGRP's health disparities research portfolio, view a list of EGRP's active health disparities grants.

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Workshops and Webinars

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Research Resources

NCI and NIH resources that may be of interest to investigators interested in health disparities research include:

Additionally, NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) offers the following tools to help investigators compare populations with respect to the distribution of risk factors and cancer risk.

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Staff in multiple EGRP Branches are interested in fostering research aimed at reducing cancer-related health disparities. Contacts include:

  • Social environment, variation in exposure to environmental toxicants, and biological processes that lead to cancer -
    Gary L. Ellison, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • Disparities in health outcomes after cancer diagnosis, cancer survivorship, treatment toxicity -
    Lisa Gallicchio, Ph.D.
  • Cancer disparities in understudied populations, disparities in carcinogenic risk factors including infectious agents and lifestyle factors -
    Tram K. Lam, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • Cancer disparities in underserved populations, cancer epidemiologic research in understudied populations, global health and cancer epidemiology, cancer registry development in the Caribbean -
    Damali N. Martin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • Biomarkers, epigenetics, metabolomics, proteomics, and risk assessment -
    Mukesh Verma, Ph.D.

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