October 2019 Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News

Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News

October 2019

Large Budget (≥$500K) Grant Application Updates

Investigators planning to submit a grant application with a budget of $500,000 or more, in subtotal direct costs, in any one year must obtain approval before submitting their application. This article includes important updates regarding submission timelines and the process for investigators planning to submit a large budget grant application to the National Cancer Institute’s Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science (DCCPS).

Update on Deadlines:

February 5, 2020 R01 Awaiting Receipt of Application (ARA) requests have a 10-week deadline rather than the standard 8-week deadline; this ensures that there will be adequate time to move the request through internal processing.

Further information regarding deadlines for large budget grants can be found on EGRP’s website at: https://epi.grants.cancer.gov/funding/ara/#deadlines

Update on Process for Submitting ARA Requests:

EGRP has established a centralized ARA specific email box. When investigators submit their ARA request, they should email it to both the Program Director and EGRP’s central ARA inbox. Those who do not already have an assigned Program Director are invited to review the EGRP staff list to identify PDs with related scientific interests. The email address is: NCIDCCPSEGRPARARequests@mail.nih.gov

Program Directors will acknowledge receipt of an ARA request within 4 business days of receiving the request. If an investigator has not received a notice of receipt, then they should verify receipt of the ARA with the Program Director.


The EGRP website outlines the requirements, deadlines, FAQ, and relevant NIH policies involved in the process for submitting large budget cancer epidemiology grant applications, for those requests equal to or exceeding $500,000 subtotal direct costs in any year.

Materials Required for an ARA:

  • A letter requesting approval to submit the grant application
  • Draft budget pages, including budget categories; in the spreadsheet provided [XLSX – 11 KB], please indicate the costs for those budget categories that are driving the budget to equal or exceed $500,000.
  • Abstract, specific aims, and study timeline
  • If the grant application is a resubmission, include brief responses to the more significant reviewer concerns
  • Data sharing plan that acknowledges and is consistent with relevant NIH policies

Please visit the EGRP ARA web pages for additional information on required materials for an ARA request.

Funding Opportunities

  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Use of Biological Information to Understand How the Interplay of Environmental Exposures and Genes Influences Cancer Risk (NOT-CA-20-002)
  • NOSI: Geospatial Approaches in Cancer Control and Population Sciences (NOT-CA-20-004)
  • NOSI: Administrative Supplements to NIH-funded T32 and TL1 Training Grants to Better Integrate Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) with other Health-Related Sciences (NOT-OD-19-147)
  • Discovery of the Genetic Basis of Childhood Cancers and of Structural Birth Defects: Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (PAR-19-390, X01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Improving Outcomes for Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors (RFA-CA-19-033, U01 Clinical Trial Required).  FAQs and the archived pre-application webinar can be found here.
  • Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) (RFA-CA-19-054,  U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (PAR-19-384, R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required and PAR-19-373, R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)


  • Pre-Application Webinar for RFA-CA-19-064, Improving the Reach and Quality of Cancer Care in Rural Populations (NOT-CA-20-001, R01 Clinical Trial Required)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Operates Under a Continuing Resolution (NOT-OD-20-003)

Return to Top