NCI/DCCPS R21 Program Announcements

The funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) on this site provide the option for R21 applications. R21 grants support the promotion of early and developmental stages of research efforts on novel scientific ideas that have the potential to substantially advance cancer research in all areas relevant to the mission of NCI. Applications submitted under this mechanism should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.

  • The combined budget for direct costs for the 2-year project period may not exceed $275,000
  • No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year.
  • Applicants may request direct costs in $25,000 modules, up to the total direct costs limitation of $275,000 for the combined 2-year award period (unless otherwise specified in the FOA).

Behavioral Research

(Active R21 Grants in Behavioral Research)

Title Announcement End date Contact
Nutrition and Alcohol-Related Health Outcomes (R21) PA-13-361 May 8, 2017 Rosalind Breslow
Exploratory Studies of Smoking Cessation Interventions for People with Schizophrenia (R21/R33) PAR-14-230 April 18, 2017 Yvonne Hunt
Developing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R21/R33) PAR-14-321 September 8, 2017 Frank Perna
Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21) PAR-15-047 January 8, 2018 Elizabeth Ginexi
Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence (R21)  PA-14-335 January 8, 2018 Wendy Nelson
Exploratory/Developmental Clinical Research Grants in Obesity (R21) PA-15-163 May 8, 2018 Tanya Agurs-Collins
Education and Health: New Frontiers (R21) PAR-16-078 January 8, 2019 Todd Horowitz
Predicting Behavioral Responses to Population-Level Cancer Control Strategies (R21) PAR-16-257 April 12, 2019 Rebecca A. Ferrar
Leveraging Cognitive Neuroscience to Improve Assessment of Cancer Treatment-Related Cognitive Impairment (R21) PAR-16-213 April 12, 2019 Jerry Suls
Population Health Interventions: Integrating Individual and Group Level Evidence (R21) PA-16-147 May 8, 2019 David Berrigan
Stimulating Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Research for Cancer Prevention and Control (R21) PAR-16-278 May 8, 2019 Tanya Agurs-Collins
Innovative Approaches to Studying Cancer Communication in the New Media Environment (R21) PAR-16-248 June 14, 2019 Kelly Blake
Improving Smoking Cessation in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations via Scalable Interventions (R21) PAR-16-201 June 14, 2019 Yvonne Hunt
Cancer-Related Behavioral Research through Integrating Existing Data (R21) PAR-16-255 June 15, 2019 Richard Moser
Integrative Research on Polysubstance Abuse and Addiction (R21/R33) PAR-16-291 September 8, 2019 Glen Morgan

Cancer Survivorship

(Active R21 Grants in Survivorship Research)

Title Announcement End date Contact
Physical Activity and Weight Control Interventions Among Cancer Survivors: Effects on Biomarkers of Prognosis and Survival (R21) PAR-16-123 September 8, 2018 Frank Perna
Examination of Survivorship Care Planning Efficacy and Impact (R21) PA-16-011 January 8, 2019 Stephen Taplin

Epidemiology and Genomics Research

(Active R21 Grants in Epidemiology and Genomics Research)

Title Announcement End date Contact
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research Exploratory/Developmental Research Program (R21) PA-14-278 September 8, 2017 Charlisse Caga-anan
Early-life Factors and Cancer Development Later in Life (R21) PA-15-125 January 8, 2018  Somdat Mahabir
Development of Innovative Informatics Methods and Algorithms for Cancer Research and Management (R21) PAR-15-334 June 15, 2018 Juli Klemm
Innovative Basic Research on Adducts in Cancer Risk Identification and Prevention (R21) PAR-15-309 July 12, 2018 Gabriel Lai
Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology (R21) PAR-15-171 September 8, 2018  Amy Subar
Improving Outcomes in Cancer Treatment-Related Cardiotoxicity (R21) PA-16-036 January 8, 2019 Nonniekaye Shelburne
Exploratory Grants in Cancer Epidemiology and Genomics Research (R21) PA-16-175 May 8, 2019 Mukesh, Verma

Healthcare Delivery Research

(Active R21 Grants in Healthcare Delivery Research)

Title Announcement End date Contact
End-of-Life and Palliative Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Serious Illnesses (R21) PA-15-325 January 8, 2019  Ashley Wilder Smith
Intervening with Cancer Caregivers to Improve Patient Health Outcomes and Optimize Health Care Utilization (R21) PAR-16-318 April 12, 2019 Erin Kent
Exploratory/Developmental Surgical Disparities Research (R21) PAR-16-392 June 8, 2019 Brenda Adjei
Linking the Provider Recommendation to Adolescent HPV Vaccine Uptake (R21) PAR-16-336 July 17, 2019 Sarah Kobrin
Research Infrastructure Development for Interdisciplinary Aging Studies (R21/R33) PAR-16-367 September 8, 2019 Erica Breslau
Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21) PAR-16-261 September 8, 2019 Sandra Mitchell

Health Disparities Research

(Active R21 Grants in Health Disparities Research)

Title Announcement End date Contact
Exploratory/Developmental Grants Program for Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21) PAR-15-092 November 18, 2017 Elizabeth Woodhouse

Implementation Science

(Active R21 Grants in Implementation Science)

Title Announcement End date Contact
Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R21)   PAR-16-236 May 8, 2019 David Chambers

Surveillance Research

(Active R21 Grants in Surveillance Research)

Title Announcement End date Contact
Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication (R21) PA-15-009 January 8, 2018  Li Zhu (DCCPS)