June 2020 Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News
Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News
- COVID-19 Data Resources for Population Scientists
- Funding Opportunities and Notices of Special Interest
- Grants Policy Notices
- Requests for Information
- Research Resources
- NIH Blog Posts
COVID-19 Data Resources for Population Scientists
In this article, we highlight research tools for population scientists interested in COVID-19-related data. A previous article in this newsletter compiled a broad range of NIH research resources (grants policy notices, funding announcements, research tools, and blog posts) and ways for researchers to stay informed about new developments related to the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic.
There are several open-access sources of data related to COVID-19 that NIH supports:
- The All of Us Research Program is using the COVID-19 Participant Experience (COPE) survey to understand changes in the experience and health of the general population during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the All of Us Researcher Workbench is now open for beta testing and invites feedback from investigators. Researchers can use the Workbench to access the initial dataset in order to use All of Us data and tools in their studies.
- This Mortality Tracker tool was developed by the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). It displays weekly U.S. trends in overall and cause-specific mortality since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to monitor the broader impact of COVID-19 on mortality in the U.S. using data visualization techniques. The Mortality Tracker displays provisional vital statistics data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and COVID-19 deaths in each state using more recent data obtained from the COVID-19 Data Repository at Johns Hopkins University. Materials from a recent webinar presentation on the Mortality Tracker are available on the NCI Data Science Learning Exchange website.
NIH also offers a few compendiums of survey tools for collecting COVID-19-related information:
- The NIH Public Health Emergency and Disaster Research Response Program (DR2) provides access to COVID-19-related data collection tools (instruments, surveys, and questionnaires) that are currently in use.
- The PhenX Toolkit provides recommended standard data collection protocols for measuring phenotypes and exposures in biomedical research. It has a collection of COVID-19-related measurement protocols from the surveys in the DR2.
- The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) compiled a list of data collection instruments for assessing COVID-19-relevant Behavioral and Social Science domains for clinical or population research. These instruments, including surveys, were selected based on the expertise of OBSSR staff and the high credibility of tool sources.
- Researchers can perform a targeted search for COVID-19 research tools in the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Lit database.
Investigators interested in collecting COVID-19-related data may also be interested in this upcoming webinar, hosted by the ENRICH (Ethical aNd Regulatory Issues in Cancer ResearcH) forum, “Re-Purposing Research Samples During a Pandemic: Bridging Public Health Ethics and Research Ethics Frameworks.” The speakers will discuss the idea of using previously collected identifiable research biospecimens without reconsent to directly address an infectious disease pandemic.
These webpages on Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding and COVID-19 Information for Cancer Researchers are also good places to look for updates on NIH and NCI guidance, FAQs, and resources related to COVID-19.
Funding Opportunities and Notices of Special Interest
- Emergency Awards: SARS-CoV-2 Serological Sciences Centers of Excellence (U54, Clinical Trials Optional)
- Emergency Awards: Research Projects in SARS-CoV-2 Serological Sciences (U01, Clinical Trial Optional)
- Emergency Awards: RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC) (U24, Clinical Trial Optional)
- NOSI: Emergency Competitive Revisions for Social, Ethical, and Behavioral Implications (SEBI) Research on COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and/or Vulnerable Populations (NOT-OD-20-119)
- NOSI: Emergency Competitive Revisions for Community-Engaged Research on COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and/or Vulnerable Populations (NOT-OD-20-120)
- NOSI: Limited Competition for Emergency Competitive Revisions for Community-Engaged Research on COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and/or Vulnerable Populations (NOT-OD-20-121)
Grant Policy Notices
Requests for Information
- Telomere Research Network - Request for Proposals
- NCI-funded investigators may apply to use laboratory and data analysis services through the Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) to integrate environmental exposures into existing studies. Next application submission deadline: August 28, 2020.