March 2022 EGRP Cancer Epidemiology News

EGRP Cancer Epidemiology News

Updated Sample Grant Applications and Other Resources for Early Stage Investigators

Getting that first research grant as an early stage investigator (ESI) is challenging, but the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) has many resources to help with grant preparation and submission to help investigators achieve this goal.

View Examples of Successfully Funded Cancer Epidemiology Grant Applications

EGRP recently updated the examples of successfully funded grant applications for cancer epidemiology research (R01, R03, R21, and R37 mechanisms) available on the program’s website. The Sample Cancer Epidemiology Grant Applications webpage is an online resource that provides model applications for researchers to reference when seeking funding for their own projects.

See more sample grant applications in other cancer control research areas at

Check Out Seminars on NIH Grants and Funding

The two events below provide education and training for the next generation of scientists.

Seek Out Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Awards of Interest to ESIs

Holding an ESI status comes with certain advantages. First, ESI applications with meritorious scores may be prioritized for funding by the institute or center receiving the application or could be eligible for an R37 Merit Extension. Also, there exist several FOAs of particular interest to new investigators.

For example, the Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant supports innovative projects in areas of science that represent a change in research direction for an ESI and for which no preliminary data exist. Current FOAs include

Other opportunities that may be of interest specifically for scientists initiating the independent phase of their research career include

Request an Extension in the ESI Period When Appropriate

In general, ESI status is applied to new investigators who have had less than 10 years of research or research training experience after the completion of their terminal research degree or medical residency and have not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award. However, some new investigators will experience a lapse in their research or research training, or they will experience periods of less than full-time effort during the 10-year ESI period. To accommodate such lapses, the NIH will consider requests to extend the ESI period for reasons that can include

To request an ESI extension, a principal investigator (PI) can use the ESI Extension Request link found in the Education section of the PI's Personal Profile in eRA Commons. For step-by-step instructions, see the ESI Extension Request online help or watch the video tutorial ESI Status Extension RequestExternal Web Site Policy on the eRA Videos page.

Explore Other ESI Resources

The following websites are full of information for ESIs, including policies, funding opportunities, workshops, grantsmanship resources, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and more.

Remember: We are Here to Help

EGRP program directors (PDs) are always available to answer your questions. Investigators who do not already have an assigned PD are invited to review the EGRP staff list to identify PDs with related scientific responsibilities.

Funding Opportunities

  • Limited Competition: Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity at Minority Serving Institutions (U01, Clinical Trial Optional)
  • NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54, Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00, Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Emergency Awards: RADx®-UP - Social, Ethical, and Behavioral Implications (SEBI) Research on Disparities in COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations (U01, Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Emergency Award: RADx®-UP Community-Engaged Research on Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations (U01, Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to Support Collaborations to Improve the AI/ML-Readiness of NIH-Supported Data (NOT-OD-22-067)
  • NOSI: Administrative Supplements for Advancing the Ethical Development and Use of AI/ML in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences (NOT-OD-22-065)
  • NOSI: Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship (NOT-OD-22-057)
  • Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Cancer Prevention, Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment Technologies for Global Health (NOT-CA-22-031)
  • Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (NOT-CA-22-042, NOT-CA-22-043, NOT-CA-22-044)
  • Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Global Implementation Science for Equitable Cancer Control (GlobalISE Cancer Control) (NOT-CA-22-052)

Requests for Information

  • Priorities for Cancer Control and Population Sciences at NCI (NOT-CA-22-053, responses requested by March 25, 2022)
  • Inviting Comments and Suggestions on a Framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (NOT-OD-22-061, responses requested by April 3, 2022)
  • Request for Public Comments on DRAFT Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Responsible Management and Sharing of American Indian/Alaska Native Participant Data (NOT-OD-22-064, responses requested by March 28, 2022)
  • Seeking Stakeholder Actionable Input to Improve Research on Health and Well-being for Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NOT-CA-22-047, responses requested by April 6, 2022)
  • Seeking Public Comment on Center for Scientific Review’s 2022 – 2027 Strategic Plan

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