September 2021 EGRP Cancer Epidemiology News
EGRP Cancer Epidemiology News
- Tools to Develop Your Research Idea
- Funding Opportunities
- Requests for Information
- Grants Policy Notices
- Research Resources
- NCI & NIH News
Tools to Develop Your Research Idea
For experienced and newer investigators alike, it can be difficult to keep up with the wealth of information that is available for identifying and applying for NIH and NCI grant funding. Below are key resources and advice for investigators developing a research idea for a grant application.
Building on Past and Current Projects
It is a good idea to determine if, and the extent to which, research projects have addressed or are addressing your research question. To supplement your literature reviews, NIH has resources to learn about funded research.
The RePORT Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) system allows users to search a repository of both intramural and extramural NIH-funded research projects and the Matchmaker tool lets you search for similar projects (and their associated NIH Program Directors or Program Officers). The Research Portfolios section on the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) website offers information about currently funded grants, published Requests for Applications, Program Announcements, Notices of Special Interest, funding history since 1998, and more. Program Directors (PDs)/Program Officers (POs) in DCCPS’ Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) can also point you to information on what EGRP has funded.
Considering the Scientific Priorities of the NIH and NCI
Becoming familiar with key reports and announcements is one way to keep abreast of scientific areas of interest to NCI, other NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), and NIH broadly. The "Reports" section on the RePORTER website provides links to frequently requested reports; strategic plans for NIH ICs and specific research topics, e.g., obesity research; National Academies reports funded by NIH; and many other special reports, such as NCI's Annual Plan and Budget Proposal.
Investigators can get a preview of potential upcoming NCI funding opportunities by reviewing the minutes of the Board of Scientific Advisors, which discusses new and re-issued concepts for NIH Requests for Applications (RFAs) and NCI-sponsored Program Announcements (PARs). The National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) hears reports on current NCI initiatives, projects, funding, etc.
PDs/POs have knowledge of specific research gaps and can talk with you about how your research interests fit within the strategic priorities of EGRP, DCCPS, NCI, and NIH. Subscribing to NCI email updates and Twitter accounts can also help you stay abreast of important developments.
Assessing Available Resources
One important component of choosing a topic is ensuring that you have the appropriate resources, expertise, and training to address the research question. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you begin:
- Is my expertise and experience appropriate to lead the project?
- Have I assembled a team that has the appropriate skills and background to carry out the research plan?
- Do I and members of the team have adequate time to devote to the project?
- Is the project’s timeline reasonable?
- What specific resources are needed to conduct a successful research project, and are they available?
- What evidence can I provide that my project is likely to be successful (such as preliminary data for an R01 application)?
It is helpful to write a concept paper (a brief description of the research idea, including specific aims) early on, and use it as you talk to colleagues and NIH PDs/POs about your idea. Getting feedback from others early and often will help you refine and shape your ideas and make your grant more competitive. In particular, EGRP PDs/POs can help you identify funding opportunities that may be relevant to your area of interest.
How Can a Program Director/Program Officer Help?
EGRP PDs/POs support both the scientific priorities of the NCI and extramural researchers. Providing guidance to investigators before a grant application is submitted is an important part of their role. (See the DCCPS New Grantees page for more information on the scope of responsibilities [PDF].) A PD/PO has knowledge of research gaps, scientific advances, NCI and NIH priorities and policies, and can help you identify pertinent funding opportunities and position your research idea within the strategic priorities of EGRP, DCCPS, NCI, and NIH. Here are a few tips for having a conversation with a PD/PO:
- First, identify a PD/PO who can help you by searching for your area of interest on our Staff List or Research Interest Areas page.
- Email the PD/PO to set up an appointment to discuss specific aims or questions.
- Provide key points you would like to discuss in advance; outlining specific aims and potential public health impact can also be helpful.
- Identify the best way to communicate (e.g., email, phone).
General Grantsmanship Resources for Investigators
Of course, there are also many resources related to other stages in the NIH funding process:
- Register to attend the 2021 NIH virtual seminar on program funding and grants administration. This seminar will take place November 1-4, 2021.
- The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (NIH Guide) is the official publication for NIH biomedical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines, and funding opportunities. Subscribe to receive the NIH Guide weekly updates.
- The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) has a helpful guide to the steps required for an application to proceed from planning and submission through to award and closeout. OER also offers a podcast, “All About Grants,” to provide insights on a variety of grants topics for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and other interested individuals.
- NCI provides a comprehensive overview of the grants process.
- Clinical Characterization of Cancer Therapy-induced Adverse Sequelae and Mechanism-based Interventional Strategies (R01, Clinical Trial Optional)
- Implementation Science for Cancer Control in People Living with HIV in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (U01, Clinical Trial Optional)
- Metabolic Dysregulation and Cancer Risk Program: a Transdisciplinary Approach to Obesity-Associated Research
- A Multilevel Approach to Connecting Underrepresented Populations to Clinical Trials (U01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Data, Evaluation and Coordinating Center for: A Multilevel Approach to Connecting Underrepresented Populations to Clinical Trials (U24, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- NCI Small Business Innovation Research Development Center (SBIR) Program Solicitation PHS 2022-1
- Topic 431 – Cancer Treatment Technologies for Low-resource Settings
- Topic 438 – Understanding Cancer Tumor Genomic Results: Technology Applications for Community Providers
- Topic 439 – Advanced Sample Processing Platforms for Downstream Single-cell Multi-omic Analysis
- Topic 440 – Cancer Prevention and Diagnosis Technologies for Low-resource Settings
- Topic 445 – Advanced Manufacturing to Speed Availability of Emerging Autologous Cell-based Therapies
- Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Small Business – SBIR/STTR (Admin Supp, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Utilizing the PLCO Biospecimens Resource to Bridge Gaps in Cancer Etiology and Early Detection Research (U01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Cancer Research Education Grants Program
- NCI Outstanding Investigator Award (R35, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01, Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed, K01, Clinical Trial Required)
- NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08, Clinical Trial Required, K08, Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22, Clinical Trial Required)
- The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Emerging Global Leader Award (K43, Independent Clinical Trial Required, K43, Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into the Genomics Field to Enhance Diversity (R25, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)*
- There will be a pre-application webinar on October 6, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET.
* Note: NCI is not participating in this funding announcement.
Requests for Information
- User Experience with Scientific Data Sources and Tools (NOT-OD-21-182, responses due October 15, 2021)
- Systematic Review Centers with Nutrition Expertise for DRI Development (NOT-OD-21-173, responses due October 15, 2021)
- Research Opportunities to End Hunger, Food and Nutrition Insecurity (NOT-OD-21-183, responses due November 1, 2021)
- Search Capabilities across the Biomedical Landscape for NIH-wide Data Discovery (NOT-OD-21-187, responses due December 3, 2021)
Grants Policy Notices
- Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy – Hurricanes Henri and Ida (NOT-OD-21-178)
- Reminder of Guidance on Requirement for NIH Single Institutional Review Board (IRB) Plan (NOT-OD-21-174)
- Extending the Special Exception to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post-Submission Material Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: May 2022 Council (NOT-OD-21-179)
- Clarification and Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications for the Fall 2021 Due Dates During the COVID-19 Pandemic (NOT-OD-21-080)
NCI & NIH News
- NIH Awards $73m to Continue Building Resource of Genes and Genomic Variants for Precision Medicine
- NCI Annual Plan & Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2023
- NCI Division of Cancer Control and Populations Sciences 2021 Overview and Highlights
- COVID-19, Vaccines, and the Immune System: Emerging Research from NCI’s SeroNet
- NIH Study Illuminates Origins of Lung Cancer in Never Smokers
- Addressing the Challenges of Cancer Misinformation on Social Media