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:

  • Leveraging Population-based Cancer Registry Data to Study Health Disparities - expires September 8, 2020, unless reissued
  • U.S. Tobacco Control Policies to Reduce Health Disparities – expires June 16, 2020, unless reissued
  • Addressing the Etiology of Health Disparities and Health Advantages Among Immigrant Populations - expires January 8, 2020, unless reissued
  • Addressing Health Disparities through Effective Interventions among Immigrant Populations - expires January 8, 2020, unless reissued
  • Mechanisms of Disparities in Chronic Liver Diseases and Cancer - expires April 5, 2019, unless reissued
  • Social Epigenomics Research Focused on Minority Health and Health Disparities - expires November 16, 2018, unless reissued
  • The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations - expires September 8, 2018, unless reissued
  • The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations - expires May 8, 2018, unless reissued
  • Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations - expires August 25, 2017, unless reissued

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 grantsExternal Web Site Policy.

EGRP also supports established and emerging cancer epidemiology consortia to complement individual investigator-initiated studies. Data and resource sharing by consortia members promotes the rapid replication of research results from individual studies.

Examples of EGRP-supported consortia studying specific populations include:

View a complete list of EGRP-supported consortia.

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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:

EGRP makes available compilations of research resources for cancer epidemiology, some of which may be useful for health disparities research:

NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) tools that helps 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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