2019 Overview and Highlights

Advancing Behavioral Research

A look back at fiscal year 2019 for NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

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Message From
the Director

Each year, we bring you this report to highlight examples of research priorities and progress in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). This year, we shine a spotlight on behavioral research and its important role across the cancer control continuum, from prevention to diagnosis and treatment to survivorship. While we have a program in DCCPS specifically focused on this area—the Behavioral Research Program (BRP)— behavioral research is rightfully integrated into research supported across the entire division, as well as across the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

I’m pleased to share here some of the signature behavioral research initiatives supported by our division, examples of advances in methods development, descriptions of behavioral data resources we maintain and share with our research community, and an overview of some emerging areas in behavioral research. We also describe some of the ways in which the behavioral research supported by DCCPS informs cancer care and public health policy.

The information that follows is intended to underscore how behavioral research—particularly the innovative research that NCI supports through our funded investigator community—plays a critical role in helping to prevent the development of cancer, as well as mitigating the effects of cancer on patients diagnosed with cancer, their families, and their caregivers. Through behavioral research and the full scope of research supported through DCCPS, each year we move ever closer toward achieving our fundamental mission—to reduce risk, incidence, and deaths from cancer and enhance the quality of life of cancer survivors.

As always, we are grateful for our talented investigator community and our collaborative colleagues and partners, both within and outside NCI, who help us to identify existing and future challenges in cancer control so that we can steer a course toward accomplishing our goals more efficiently and effectively.

Image of Robert T. Croyle, Ph.D., Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Robert T. Croyle, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Investments in Cancer
Control Research

Researchers funded by DCCPS have advanced science to improve public health for more than two decades, and we celebrate their research accomplishments in cancer control and population sciences. Major programmatic areas include epidemiology and genomics research, behavioral research, health care delivery research, surveillance research, implementation science, and survivorship research.

In fiscal year 2019, DCCPS funded 716 grants valued at more than $442 million, with work in the United States and internationally aimed to reduce risk, incidence, and deaths from cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors. In addition, the division funded $86 million in contracts, which include the SEER Program. While the majority of DCCPS funding is for investigator-initiated research project grants, the division also uses a variety of strategies to support and stimulate research, such as multi-component specialized research centers and cancer epidemiology cohorts.

Total Dollars (in Millions)

Bar Graph showing total grant dollar amount by Fiscal Year

Total Grants

Bar Graph showing total DCCPS grants by Fiscal Year
Learn more about the DCCPS grant portfolio and funding trends at maps.cancer.gov/overview/.

for Researchers

In addition to encouraging scientific ideas for researchers through investigator-initiated applications and omnibus solicitations, DCCPS develops and participates in NIH funding opportunities aimed at stimulating new directions in specific research to examine, discover, and test methodologies to improve public health.

More Funding Opportunities

The following are examples of recent funding opportunity announcements to encourage research projects in emerging or priority areas: