October 2020 Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News

Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News


The Direction of NIH Nutrition Research in the Coming Decade

The first Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research, published in May 2020, presents a framework to help answer important nutrition research questions over the next 10 years. It is designed to expand collaboration across NIH Institutes and Centers to further research to develop targeted and effective recommendations about what, when, why, and how to eat to optimize health.

The NIH Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF)—established in October 2016 to coordinate and accelerate progress in nutrition research across the NIH—developed the plan with extensive input from the broader external research community and the public. The task force includes representatives from across the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and NIH who helped design the plan and are working to develop and implement various nutrition-related research initiatives.

With a focus on precision nutrition—developing targeted and effective diet interventions in a diverse population—the plan emphasizes cross-cutting, innovative opportunities to advance nutrition research. From basic science to experimental design to research training, these opportunities will complement and enhance ongoing research efforts across NIH to improve health and to prevent or combat diseases and conditions affected by nutrition, including cancer.

More specifically, the plan calls for a multidisciplinary approach through expanded collaboration across NIH Institutes and Centers to explore and answer the following strategic goals and key questions:

The plan also has five cross-cutting areas relevant to these strategic goals:

The research supported by the plan will help develop diet interventions that are more targeted and effective to improve and maintain health in an increasingly diverse U.S. population.

Following on the guidance laid out in the Strategic Plan, several NIH precision nutrition initiatives are currently underway:

For more information and updates on implementation of the Strategic Plan, visit the NRTF web page.

Funding Opportunities and Notices of Special Interest

  • New Cohorts for Environmental Exposures and Cancer Risk (CEECR) (UG3/UH3, Clinical Trial Not Allowed) and CEECR Coordinating Center (U24, Clinical Trial Not Allowed). To register for the November 10 pre-application webinar on these funding opportunities, see NOT-CA-21-006
  • Utilizing In Vitro Functional Genomics Advances for Gene-Environment (G- x- E) Discovery and Validation (R01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Assay Validation of High Quality Markers for Clinical Studies in Cancer (UH2/UH3U3, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancers for Years 2021, 2022, 2023 (P50, Clinical Trial Required)
  • Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp, Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Research to Reduce Morbidity and Improve Care for Pediatric, and Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Survivors (R01R21, Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Revision Applications for Validation of Biomarker Assays Developed Through NIH-Supported Research Grants (R01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • NOSI: Obesity Policy Evaluation Research (NOT-DK-20-035)
  • Cancer Grand Challenges

Grants Policy Notices

  • NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution (NOT-OD-21-009)
  • Extending the Special Exception to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post-Submission Material Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: August/October 2021 Councils (NOT-OD-20-179)
  • Required Submission of Financial Conflict of Interest Policy into the eRA Commons Institution Profile (IPF) Module (NOT-OD-21-002)
  • Reminder: NIH Policy on Use of Hypertext in NIH Grant Applications (NOT-OD-20-174)
  • Exceptions to Use of a Single IRB During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (NOT-OD-21-006)
  • Notice of Clarification: Policy for Managing Conflict of Interest in NIH Peer Review (NOT-OD-21-019)

Requests for Information

Training Opportunities

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards
    • Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32)
    • Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions with NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30)
    • Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30)

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