May 2020 Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News
Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News
- Tools and Tips to Help New & Early-Stage Investigators Approach NIH Funding and Advance Your Science
- Emergency Resources
- Funding Opportunities & Notices of Special Interest
- Request for Information
- Research Resources
- Training Opportunities
- NIH Blog Posts
Tools and Tips to Help New & Early-Stage Investigators Approach NIH Funding and Advance Your Science
Getting that first research grant as an early-stage investigator is challenging, but there are many resources and tips to help with grant preparation and submission to help investigators achieve this goal. These resources can help you answer many questions new investigators may have, such as how to write a competitive proposal, where to find relevant funding opportunities, and what to do before and after proposal submission. Here are some quick tips to benefit early-stage investigators and help navigate the maze of research funding opportunities to help move the science forward.
- Subscribe to the NIH Guide listserv.
- Attend an NIH Regional Seminar.
- NIH Regional Seminars serve the NIH mission of providing education and training for the next generation of biomedical and behavioral scientists. These seminars are intended to demystify the application and review process, clarify federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest or concern. NIH is hosting the next seminar in October 2020 in Nashville, TN.
- Contact program officers to discuss your aims before writing your proposal and after the review.
- Use the NIH Matchmaker tool to find the relevant program officers. Contact program officers any time you have an idea that you want to explore and get guidance as to where it would fit best. Email them to set up a phone conversation to get general feedback on your research idea and plan.
- Send your specific aims to a program officer for high-level feedback and guidance before starting to write your proposal. If responding to a specific FOA that encourages a letter of intent (LOI), then send it and include your specific aims to open a dialog with a program officer and avoid common pitfalls.
- Contact your program officer after your proposal has been reviewed and you have received your summary statement. If your proposal score misses the payline, contact your program officer about addressing reviewer comments and to discuss options for resubmission.
- Apply to the NIH Early Career Review Program to gain grant review experience.
- Why spend your time reviewing grants when you should be writing them? There are a number of benefits. Seasoned investigators will tell you that review is where you really learn how to write successful grant proposals. When opportunities come your way to review applications, try to volunteer.
- Use the NIH Assisted Referral Tool to figure out which study section is right for your proposal.
- • Seek out awards targeted at early-stage investigators, e.g., NIH K awards and others.
- Establish a mentorship team.
- Establish a diverse mentoring team. Seek out senior investigators in your department and in other departments or institutions as mentors who will give you constructive criticism and advice.
- Get feedback on your proposal before submission.
- Use your colleagues to troubleshoot your ideas and get feedback on your proposal, especially individuals who have served on the study sections that review applications in your field of research.
- Have your aims reviewed by at least two trusted and experienced researchers, one in the field and one external. Make sure your aims are written as clear and succinct as possible.
- Review samples of previously funded grants.
- Familiarize yourself with what has previously been funded in order to spur new ideas that will help move the science forward. Previously funded research can be found using the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORTER). Examples of successfully funded cancer epidemiology grant applications are also available through the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program’s website.
- Visit the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program’s website to view more funding resources and grant writing tips.
Funding Opportunities & Notices of Special Interest
- Advancing Research to Develop Improved Measures and Methods for Understanding Multimorbidity (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
- Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Development and Preliminary Testing of Health-related Behavioral Interventions (NOT-OD-20-106)
- Long-term Effects of Disasters on Health Care Systems Serving Health Disparity Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
- Notice of Special Interest: Promoting Fundamental and Applied Research in Inflammation Resolution (NOT-ES-20-018) *
- Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Serological Sciences Centers of Excellence (NOT-CA-20-066)
- NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00 Independent Clinical Trial Required, Parent K99/R00 Clinical Trial Not Allowed, Parent K99/R00 Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Human Required)
- NIH Directors Pioneer Award Program (DP1 Clinical Trial Optional)
- NIH Directors New Innovator Award Program (DP2 Clinical Trial Optional)
- NIH Directors Transformative Research Awards (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
- NIH Directors Early Independence Awards (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)
- NIH Directors Emergency Transformative Research Awards (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
- NIH Directors Emergency Early Independence Awards (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)
- NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Notice of Change to the First Receipt Date of RFA-CA-20-027 and RFA-CA-20-028, "Research to Reduce Morbidity and Improve Care for Pediatric, and Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Survivors (R01/R21 Clinical Trial Optional)" (NOT-CA-20-057)
- Notice of Change to the Receipt Date of PAR-17-496 and PAR-17-464, "Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (R01/R21 Clinical Trial Optional)" (NOT-CA-20-053)
- Notice of Change to Application Due Date for RFA-CA-19-045, "Participant Engagement and Cancer Genome Sequencing (PE-CGS) (U2C Clinical Trial Optional)" (NOT-CA-20-056)
- Reissue of Parent Announcements (PA-18-589, PA-18-590, PA-18-591, and PA-18-592) and the Urgent (PA-18-935) and Emergency (PA-20-135) Competitive Revision FOAs is Underway - Continue to use the Current Announcements and Forms Packages Until Reissuance (NOT-OD-20-110)
* NCI not participating in this funding opportunity
Request for Information
- Challenges and Opportunities in Precision Nutrition Research (NOT-RM-20-017)
- Applications Are Open for the Cancer Prevention Fellowship
- Fellow Sought for Diet, Weight, and/or Physical Activity Assessment
- Notice of a Joint Veterans Health Administration/National Cancer Institute Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowship - the Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) (NOT-CA-20-058)