Purpose: To stimulate research on effective interventions to reduce cancer health disparities (at any stage of the cancer continuum) and achieve cancer health equity using community-based participatory research (CBPR). This request for applications (RFA) aligns with the American Cancer Society’s commitment to reducing disparities in the cancer burden among population groups and to achieving health equity through its programmatic, research and advocacy strategies.

Studies funded by this RFA must:
• Focus on addressing cancer health disparities and other strategies to contribute to achieving health equity
• Use CBPR as the research method or propose strategies to generate preliminary data critical to the development of a CBPR research study
• Demonstrate clear evidence of how this pilot data will be used to develop a larger independently funded study (e.g., NIH R21 or RO1, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant or ACS Research Scholar Grant).

CBPR Nine Guiding Principles (Israel et al., 1998)
1. Recognizes community as a unit of identity.
2. Builds on strengths and resources within the community.
3. Facilitates a collaborative, equitable partnership in all phases of research, involving an
empowering and power-sharing process that attends to social inequalities.
4. Fosters co-learning and capacity building among all partners.
5. Integrates and achieves a balance between knowledge generation and intervention for the mutual benefit of all partners.
6. Focuses on the local relevance of public health problems and on ecological perspectives that attend to the multiple determinants of health.
7. Involves systems development using a cyclical and iterative process.
8. Disseminates results to all partners and involves them in the wider dissemination of results.
9. Involves a long-term process and commitment to sustainability.

* See grant policies and instructions (section 20) for additional CBPR resources

References for health equity and community-based participatory research (CBPR)
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Attaining Equity. 2013. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention . Atlanta. GA. http://www.cdc.gov/healthycommunitiesprogram/overview/healthequity.htm

2. Viswanathan M, Ammerman A, Eng E, Gartlehner G, Lohr KN,Griffith D, Rhodes S, Samuel-Hodge C, Mary S, Lux L, Webb L, Sutton SF, Swinson T, Jackman A, Whitener L. Community-
Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 99 [Prepared by RTI University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0016]. July 2004. AHRQ Publication 04-E022-2.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. http://archive.ahrq.gov/downloads/pub/evidence/pdf/cbpr/cbpr.pdf

3. Israel BA, Schulz AJ, Parker EA, Becker AB. Review of community-based research: assessing partnership approaches to improve public health. Annu Rev Public Health. 1998;19:173–202.

4. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. The Role of Community-Based Participatory Research: Creating Partnerships, Improving Health. AHRQ Publication No. 03-0037, June 2003. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/cbprrole.htm

Application Deadline:  April 1

Eligibility Requirements
1. Applicants must work at not-for-profit institutions located within Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.

2. Applicants must hold a doctorate degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) and have a full-time faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other fiscally responsible not-for-profit organization within the United States.

3. Independent investigators at all stages of their career are eligible to apply. Thus, the usual ACS restriction to investigators within the first six years of their initial independent research appointment does not apply to this RFA.

Mechanisms of Support and Budget
• Mechanism of Support: This RFA will use the Pilot and Exploratory Projects (PEP) mechanism. Complete instructions on this grant mechanism can be found in the grant policies and instructions.
• Length of Study: Awards may not exceed a period of two years duration.
• Budget: Budgets may not exceed $100,000 for two years (including indirect costs which are capped at 20%). Budget instructions can be found in the grant policies and instructions

Additional Questions
For questions about this mechanism please contact Joseph Cotter, Program Coordinator of the Cancer Control and Prevention Research program, at joseph.cotter@cancer.org  

Note: Grant application materials become available January 1.

Electronic Grant Application instructions and forms are available on proposalCENTRAL.