July 2020 Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News

Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News


Bolstering Research on Chemical and Physical Exposures and Cancer

Humans are exposed to a wide variety of chemical and physical agents throughout the course of their lives. These agents can have profound effects on human health, including cancer. A growing number of chemical and physical agents have been classified as carcinogens by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ National Toxicology Program and the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on CancerExternal Web Site Policy.

Related Funding Opportunity Announcements

NCI’s Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) is committed to supporting the study of chemical and physical agents and their contribution to cancer risk and occurrence.

For example, EGRP is currently sponsoring two Notices of Special Interests for chemical and physical exposure research, both of which expire on January 8, 2022:

EGRP also intends to publish funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for new cohorts to assess environmental exposures and cancer risk (see NOT-CA-20-086), and a coordinating center for these cohorts (see NOT-CA-20-091). The estimated publication date for these FOAs is November 1, 2020.

EGRP encourages investigator-initiated grant applications on topics related to chemical and physical exposures. Below is a listing of relevant funding announcements:

Resources for Adding Environmental Exposures to Existing Studies

NCI-funded investigators who want to add environmental exposures to their studies of human health can also apply for access to laboratory and data analysis services through the Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) ProgramExternal Web Site Policy. To be considered for the Round 3 review process, applications must be received by August 28, 2020. Learn how to apply at https://hhearprogram.org/how-applyExternal Web Site Policy.

In general, application submissions are considered on a rolling basis with about six review cycles per year. For specific dates and deadlines, please visit the HHEAR schedule page at https://hhearprogram.org/hhear-application-submission-and-review-scheduleExternal Web Site Policy.

For more NIH and other resources supporting chemical and physical exposures research, visit EGRP’s Chemical and Physical Exposures webpage.

Connect with EGRP Staff

Those who are planning to attend the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) 30th Annual MeetingExternal Web Site Policy virtually in September 2020 can catch a symposium chaired by EGRP program directors. Somdat Mahabir, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Curt DellaValle, Ph.D., M.P.H. will chair a session titled “Technologies for capture and assessment of environmental exposures implicated in cancer risk.” Speakers include David Donaire-Gonzalez, Ph.D., of the University of Barcelona; EGRP grantee Caroline Johnson, Ph.D., of Yale University; and Perry Hystad, Ph.D., of Oregon State University. This symposium will provide discussion of the use of technologies for the assessment of environmental exposures in diverse populations and geographic areas, with special consideration for application in cancer epidemiology studies.

Questions about research on chemical and physical exposures and cancer can be directed to Curt DellaValle, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Gabriel Lai, Ph.D., program directors in EGRP’s Environmental Epidemiology Branch.

Emergency Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • Participant Engagement and Cancer Genome Sequencing (PE-CGS): Research Centers (U2C, Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Research to Reduce Morbidity and Improve Care for Pediatric, and Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Survivors (R01, R21, Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Secondary Analysis and Integration of Existing Data to Elucidate the Genetic Architecture of Cancer Risk and Related Outcomes (R01, R21, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Biomedical Data Repository (U24, Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
  • Development of Biomarkers of Dietary Intake and Exposure (U2C, Clinical Trial Required)*
  • Biomarkers of Dietary Intake and Exposure Coordinating Center (U24, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)*
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA):
    • Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31-Diversity)
    • Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30)
    • Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)
    • Individual Senior Fellowship (Parent F33)
    • Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions with NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30)
  • Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa

* NCI not participating in this funding opportunity

Grant Policy Notice

  • Notice of Requirement for Electronic Submission of all Administrative Supplements (NOT-OD-20-128)

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