There are many funding opportunities that support the conduct of rigorous, cutting-edge dissemination and implementation research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and across the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The most prominent funding opportunity is the Trans-NIH program announcement with special receipt, referral and/or review (PAR), Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. NCI, along with many other participating institutes and centers across NIH, issued this PAR for R01, R21, and/or R03 funding sources. Learn more about this implementation science (IS) funding opportunity and find resources for prospective IS applicants.
Implementation Science for Cancer Control Centers (ISCCC)
The ISCCC Program will support the rapid development, testing, and refinement of innovative approaches to: implement a range of evidence-based cancer control interventions; establish implementation laboratories from existing clinical and community sites providing services across the cancer control continuum; advance methods in studying implementation; develop and validate reliable measures of key implementation science constructs; and together form a large consortium of implementation scientists across this and other Moonshot initiatives.
P50, Implementation Science for Cancer Control: Developing Centers (RFA-CA-19-005, Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this FOA is to support P50 Developing Centers that will build research capacity to study high priority areas of cancer control implementation science, build implementation laboratories, improve the state of measurement and methods, and improve the adoption, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based cancer control interventions. Specifically, this FOA targets the following areas designated as scientific priorities by the Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP): Prevention and Screening: Implementation of Evidence-based Approaches; Symptom Management, Prevention and Screening: High-Risk Cancers and other cross-cutting Moonshot priorities.
P50, Implementation Science for Cancer Control: Advanced Centers (RFA-CA-19-006, Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this FOA is to support P50 Advanced Centers that will study high priority areas of cancer control implementation science, build implementation laboratories, improve the state of measurement and methods, and improve the adoption, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based cancer control interventions. Specifically, this FOA targets the following areas designated as scientific priorities by the Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP): Prevention and Screening: Implementation of Evidence-based Approaches; Symptom Management, Prevention and Screening: High-Risk Cancers and other cross-cutting Moonshot priorities.
Pre-Application Webinar Resources
On December 19, NCI staff members involved in these FOAs provided orientation and technical assistance to potential applicants by explaining the goals and objectives for both FOAs and answering questions from attendees.
For cancer control themes inquires
April Oh, PhD., MPH
Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch
Behavioral Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
For implementation science inquires
Cynthia Vinson, PhD
Senior Advisor for Implementation Science
Office of the Director
Division of Cancer Control and Population Science
Trans-NIH PAR, Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health
R01, Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (PAR-18-007, Clinical Trial Optional)
This funding opportunity provides research project grants to support discrete, specified research projects led by an investigator in a topic area representing his or her specific interests and competencies. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Applications may not exceed 5 years.
R21, Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (PAR-18-017, Clinical Trial Optional)
This funding opportunity provides grants that are intended to encourage exploratory or developmental research projects by supporting the development of pilot projects or feasibility studies to support creative, novel, and high-risk/high-payoff research. Applicants may request a project period of up to 2 years and the combined budget for direct costs may not exceed $275,000.
R03, Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (PAR-16-237)
This funding opportunity provides small research grants to support the initiation of studies that are generally for preliminary short-term projects. Applicants for an R03 award may request a project period of up to 2 years and a budget for direct costs of up to $50,000 per year. While the grant is nonrenewable, there is less competition for these start-up research project funds.
Clinical Trials & Implementation Science
NIH Clinical Trial Policies
In 2016, NIH launched a multi-faceted effort to enhance its stewardship over clinical trials. The goal of this effort is to encourage advances in the design, conduct, and oversight of clinical trials while elevating the entire biomedical research enterprise to a new level of transparency and accountability. The NIH definition of a clinical trial was revised in 2014 in anticipation of these stewardship reforms to ensure a clear and responsive definition of a clinical trial. If you need assistance determining whether your proposed study is a clinical trial, visit the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) clinical trial website.
What is a Clinical Trial?
The NIH definition of a clinical trial is a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes. More information and resources to assess if your proposed study is a clinical trial is available here.
Clinical Trial-Specific Funding Opportunities
For due dates on or after January 25, 2018, NIH will require that all applications involving one or more clinical trials be submitted through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) specifically designed for clinical trials. The purpose of this policy is to improve our ability to identify proposed clinical trials, ensure that key pieces of trial-specific information are submitted with each application, and uniformly apply trial-specific review criteria. FOAs are classified as Clinical Trial Optional, Clinical Trial Required, or Clinical Trial Not Allowed.
Resources for Prospective Grantees
Listen to NCI’s Dr. David Chambers and representatives from other institutes and centers discuss the 2016 Trans-NIH Funding Announcement for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health.Watch the Webinars
The Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH) Study Section reviews applications intending to bridge the gap between public health, clinical research, and everyday practice by building a scientific knowledge base about mechanisms whereby health information, interventions, and scientifically based clinical practices are adopted in public health and health care service use in a variety of settings. The focus of the studies reviewed is on the transmission and implementation of knowledge from scientific discovery to transform health care delivery, improve health outcomes, and manage acute and chronic illness.See Membership and Meeting Rosters
In 2015, IS team members published a portfolio analysis of dissemination and implementation grants funded by the NCI in cancer prevention and control from 2000 to 2012. The portfolio analysis identified 67 NCI grant awards with an implementation science focus. The R01 mechanism was the most common funding mechanism. Cancer prevention-focused grants were most common (49.3%) and cancer treatment grants were least common (4.5%). Most grants also included both quantitative and qualitative methods (69%).Read the Free Peer-Reviewed Article
See a list of current grants funded through the Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health FOA in cancer prevention and control by DCCPS.Search Currently Funded Grants
NCI’s DCCPS Funding Opportunities
Explore current funding opportunities, as well as information about NIH’s budget process, grant funding strategies and policies, and more.