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Step-By-Step Grant Help

Learn about resources and opportunities for cancer control research funding at NIH, NCI, and DCCPS

Review the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, the official weekly publication of NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/description.htm. New extramural grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities are implemented by publication of one of the following:

  • Program Announcement (PA), identifies areas of increased priority and/or emphasis on particular funding mechanisms for a specific area of science
  • Request for Application (RFA), identifies a more narrowly defined area for which one or more NIH institutes have set aside funds for awarding grants
  • Request for Proposal (RFP), solicits contract proposals and usually has one receipt date, as specified in RFP solicitation
  • Notice (NOT), announces policy and procedures, changes to RFA or PA announcements, RFPs and other general information items

Inquiries about specific Notices, PAs, and RFAs published in the NIH Guide, should be directed to the NIH staff member(s) identified in each announcement.

Investigators may also initiate research, by submitting a grant application within an area that is relevant to NIH.

For information about NCI-funded grants, see: http://researchportfolio.cancer.gov/

For information about DCCPS-funding opportunities, see: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/funding_apply.html

ONCE YOU HAVE FAMILIARIZED YOURSELF WITH GRANT SOURCES, FUNDING MECHANISMS, SUBMISSION PROCEDURES, AND TIMELINES, USE THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES TO HELP YOU DEVELOP AN EXCELENT GRANT APPLICATION:

Become familiar with NCI and DCCPS research priorities

Review priority-setting resources
These include the NCI planning documents "The Nation's Investment in Cancer Research for Fiscal Year 2006" and "NCI Participation in the NIH Roadmap for medical Research," both of which can be found at http://www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/priorities

Detailed information about DCCPS research priorities can be found at http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/bb/

Information on high-priority research questions is located on the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP)'s State of the Science Web site at http://www.webtie.org/SOTS/index.htm

NCI research priorities are also determined by Progress Review Groups (PRGs), reports of which can be found at http://planning.cancer.gov/disease/prg.shtml

Survey Active Research

  • NIH Report Expenditures & Results, or RePORTER, is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions. For more information about RePorter, go to http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm
  • Cancer Research Portfolio - A comprehensive database of NCI-supported research presented by type of cancer or type of cancer research. http://researchportfolio.cancer.gov/
  • DCCPS Current Research - the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences conducts and supports an integrated program of the highest quality genetic, epidemiologic, behavioral, social, and surveillance cancer research. For funding opportunities, information and resources, and to view current cancer control research, visit http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/current_reasearch.html
  • ClinicalTrials.gov provides current information about federally (and privately) funded research:http://www.clinicaltrials.gov

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Last Updated: October 3, 2012

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