Risk Factor Assessment

The Risk Factor Assessment Branch in NCI’s Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program develops, supports, and stimulates assessment of modifiable risk factors among individuals and diverse populations across the cancer continuum to inform and advance health promotion.


Research areas of interest include:

  • diet, physical activity, and sleep metrics
  • methods, tools, technologies, and resources for risk factor assessment
  • obesity policy research

Program Directors

Investigators seeking grant funding for risk factor assessment projects are encouraged to contact scientific staff in the Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB) with questions.

RFAB Program Directors

Featured Funding Opportunities

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Interest Areas

Learn more about RFAB’s interests in the following areas, relevant funding opportunity announcements, related EGRP events, and staff contacts.

Featured Resources

Current Initiatives

Keep up to date about the current Risk Factor Assessment projects and initiatives ongoing at EGRP.

Dietary Patterns Methods Project

This Project compared key diet quality indices and their associations with cancer and cardiovascular disease mortality. It was initiated to strengthen the scientific evidence base on dietary patterns and inform the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

NIH Common Fund’s Nutrition for Precision Health (NPH), powered by the All of Us Research Program

The goal of this program is to develop algorithms that predict individual responses to food and dietary patterns. The NPH program will build on recent advances in biomedical science including artificial intelligence (AI), microbiome research, as well as the infrastructure and large, diverse participant group of the All of Us Research Program.

NIH-National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Health Program

This program aims to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches that partner technology and data science-based solutions with biomedical and behavioral health research.

Past Initiatives

Get information and view details about the Risk Factor Assessment projects and initiatives at EGRP that have been completed.