November 2021 EGRP Cancer Epidemiology News

EGRP Cancer Epidemiology News

Facilitating Cancer Research by Engaging Research Participants

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has established the national Participant Engagement and Cancer Genome Sequencing (PE-CGS) Network as part of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative℠. The first of its kind, this collaborative effort between researchers and participants will lead to new discoveries in cancer genomics.

Research to engage participants and improve cancer prevention, care, and outcomes

Despite the successes of research into the genomic alterations in tumors, including findings from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), significant research gaps remain. Many of the hundreds of different forms of cancer have not been sufficiently characterized. In addition, for cancers where molecular characterizations exist, underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations in cancer genomic studies means that questions remain about the generalizability of the data. Finally, most current cancer genomics data sets from cancer patients lack adequate associated patient demographic, diagnostic, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiologic data. Addressing these research gaps is critical to ensure all populations benefit from discoveries in cancer genomics.

One strategy to address these research gaps is through direct participant engagement. Participant engagement includes a bi-directional and mutually beneficial interaction between participants, their communities, and researchers, where participants are included as an integral part of all phases of the research process. The PE-CGS Network will promote and support direct engagement of cancer patients and post-treatment cancer survivors as participants in an expansion of cancer genomic sequencing. Uniquely, as part of the PE-CGS Network, participants and their communities have been involved since the inception and these partnerships will continue throughout the length of the network. In particular, the return of genomic sequencing results to participants, which in some cases could drive treatment decisions, is a unique way the network will engage participants.

The data collected by the PE-CGS Network will be used for rigorous cancer genome sequencing to address knowledge gaps regarding the genomic characterizations of tumors in many cancers, including:

Funded members of the Network

The PE-CGS Network comprises of five Research Centers and one Coordinating Center, each one funded by the NCI:

Benefits for multiple communities

The PE-CGS Network aims to promote and support direct engagement of diverse and underrepresented cancer patients and post-treatment cancer survivors as participants in cancer research. Through this network, researchers will determine best practices for engaging and communicating with participants, while responding to participant preferences in genomics research. Findings from this network will also improve understanding of the molecular changes associated with cancer and increase knowledge about cancer across diverse patient populations. The scientific insights generated by these efforts could be applied to opportunities for cancer prevention; improvement of methods of cancer diagnosis; or development of new cancer therapies.

For more information on the PE-CGS Network, visit https://pecgs.orgExternal Web Site Policy and All questions should be directed to

Funding Opportunities

    • Discovery of the Genetic Basis of Childhood Cancers and of Structural Birth Defects: Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (X01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    • Expert-Driven Small Projects to Strengthen Gabriella Miller Kids First Discovery (R03, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    • Utilizing the PLCO Biospecimens Resource to Bridge Gaps in Cancer Etiology and Early Detection Research (U01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    • Integrating Biospecimen Science Approaches into Clinical Assay Development (U01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    • NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers
      • K99/R00, Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed
      • K99/R00, Independent Clinical Trial Required
    • Measures and Methods to Advance Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities-Related Constructs (R01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Clinical Characterization and Intervention Strategies for Cancer Therapy Induced Adverse Sequelae (NOT-CA-22-005)
    • NOSI: Improving Outcomes in Cancer Treatment-Related Cardiotoxicity (NOT-CA-22-001)

Requests for Information

Grants Policy Notices

  • Reminder: Notice of NIH's Encouragement of Applications Supporting Individuals from Underrepresented Ethnic and Racial Groups as well as Individuals with Disabilities (NOT-OD-22-019)
  • NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution (NOT-OD-22-009)
  • Reminder: FORMS-G Grant Application Forms & Instructions Must be Used for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2022 - New Grant Application Instructions Now Available (NOT-OD-22-018)

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