September 2019 Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News

Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News

September 2019

Fostering Engagement in Cancer Research through the Cancer MoonshotSM

The Cancer Moonshot aims to accelerate cancer research by making more therapies available to more patients and also improving the ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage. A Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) of experts was established to assist the National Cancer Advisory Board by providing expert advice on the vision, proposed scientific goals, and implementation of the Cancer Moonshot.

Staff in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), including the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), have been actively involved in Cancer Moonshot implementation teams, including new initiatives developed by the team focused on BRP recommendations related to the Establishment of a Network for Direct Patient Engagement.

New Funding Opportunities for Participant Engagement

DCCPS staff are the scientific contacts for two Requests for Applications (RFAs) that will support a Participant Engagement and Cancer Genome Sequencing (PE-CGS) Network. The overall purpose of the PE-CGS Network is to promote and support direct engagement of cancer patients and survivors as participants in cancer research; and to use such approaches for rigorous cancer genome sequencing programs that will address important knowledge gaps in the genomic characterizations of tumors.

  • RFA-CA-19-045 will fund research centers to address unique knowledge gaps in the genomic characterization of tumors.
  • RFA-CA-19-046 will support a coordinating center to facilitate trans-network collaborative activities.

Applications for these two RFAs are due on October 30, 2019. DCCPS held a pre-application webinar on August 7, 2019, which gave an overview of the two funding opportunities. This was recorded and posted on A second pre-application webinarExternal Web Site Policy will be held on September 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET and will also be recorded and posted online following the event. The second webinar will address frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the RFAs; answers to these FAQs are also being posted on the website.

Additional Cancer Moonshot funding opportunities are listed on

NCI Hosts Public Symposium on Personal Control of Genomic Data Sharing on September 26-27

DCCPS staff are also involved in organizing an NCI Symposium on Personal Control of Genomic Data for Research under the auspices of the Cancer Moonshot. The symposium will explore the impact of personal control of genomic data sharing on research, clinical care, and patient well-being and engagement.

The symposium will host sessions on the following topics:

  • Motivations for and perceptions of participants controlling their own data;
  • Facilitating personal control of sharing data – existing approaches and platforms;
  • Risks and benefits to participants and their communities; and
  • The role of individuals in sharing their data in healthcare settings.

The symposium is free and open to the public. It will take place on the main NIH Campus in the Clinical Center and is open for both in-person and virtual participation. Additional information about the agenda and registration is available online at

Visit NCI’s Cancer Moonshot web pages to learn about other activities supported under the BRP recommendation to Establish a Network for Direct Patient Engagement.

To learn more about other ways in which DCCPS staff are supporting the Cancer Moonshot, go to

Funding Opportunities

  • Intervening with Cancer Caregivers to Improve Patient Health Outcomes and Optimize Health Care Utilization (R01 & R21, Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Small Research Grants for Analyses of Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Data (R03, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Improving Outcomes for Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors (U01, Clinical Trial Required)
  • Improving the Reach and Quality of Cancer Care in Rural Populations (R01, Clinical Trial Required)
  • Informatics Technology for Cancer Research Education Resource (UE5, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Request for Information

  • Soliciting Additional Input to the All of Us Research Program 2019 Tribal Consultation (NOT-PM-19-004)


  • Sexual and Gender Minority Populations in NIH-Supported Research (NOT-OD-19-139)
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) Announces Mid-Atlantic Regional Workshop on Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM)-Related Health Research (NOT-OD-19-142)
  • Reminder - NIH Natural Disaster Policy - Hurricane Dorian (NOT-OD-19-143)
  • New to Working with the NIH Grants Process & Policies? Don’t Miss the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration – Phoenix, AZ – Nov. 6-8, 2019 (NOT-OD-19-144)
  • Pre-Application Webinar for RFA-CA-19-033 "Improving Outcomes for Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors (U01 Clinical Trial Required)" (NOT-CA-19-068)

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