Purpose: The American Cancer Society is committed to reducing disparities in cancer burdens among population groups and to achieving health equity through its programmatic, research and advocacy strategies. The purpose of this call for applications is 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).

Studies funded by this RFA must:

  • Focus on addressing cancer health disparities and other strategies to achieve health equity
  • Use CBPR as the research method
  •  Demonstrate clear evidence of how this pilot data will be used to develop a larger independently funded study (e.g., NIH RO1 or ACS Research Scholar Grant).
  • Applicants must work at not-for-profit institutions located within Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.

*** PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS: Save the date to participate in a webinar on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 12:30 - 2:00 EDT. The webinar will be led by Dr. Ellie Daniels, ACS Cancer Control and Prevention Research Program Director, along with a CBPR expert and a current CBPR grantee. It will consist of a brief presentation on CBPR principles and grantsmanship advice. It will also include a question-and-answer session. For instructions on how to join the webinar (which will be at https://acs200.webex.com/acs200/j.php?ED=243583332&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D) and to submit questions in advance of the webinar, please contact Joseph Cotter, ACS Cancer Control and Prevention Research Program Coordinator, at joseph.cotter@cancer.org. The slide portion of a technical assistance webinar given on July 22, 2013 on the American Cancer Society CBPR award mechanism is available.

CBPR Overview: CBPR is a collaborative research approach that is action-oriented and community-driven. Community/research partnerships are valuable because of their potential for developing models and approaches for building effective communication, trust, capacity, shared decision making and ultimately increasing community participation in the research process (from conceptualization to implementation, analysis and dissemination). This approach recognizes the unique strengths of each partner.

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 Policies section 19 for additional CBPR resources

Literature Cited:

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: October 15, 2013

Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicants must work at not-for-profit institutions located within Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.
2. Applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents of the United States.
3. 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.
4. 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 here: Pilot and Exploratory Studies Using CBPR to Achieve Cancer Health Equity

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.) Awards: It is anticipated that a total of $200,000/year for 2 years will be available to support this RFA..

Peer Review Process: Review of applications at the American Cancer Society is a two-tiered process.

1. Applications will be reviewed by the CPPB (Cancer Control and Prevention Research: Psychosocial and Behavioral Aspects of Cancer Research) Peer Review Committee (PRC). Applications recommended for funding by the Peer Review Committee will be forwarded to the Council for Extramural Grants.

2. Council will determine which grants will be funded from all 18 Peer Review Committees after considering the relative merit of applications and available funds.

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

Key Dates:
Proposal Deadline: October 15
Applications Reviewed in Committee: January
Preliminary Notification of Outcome: March
Applications Reviewed in Council: March
Notifications of Awards: April
Award Start Date: July 1

Note: Grant application materials become available July 1.

Electronic Grant Application instructions and forms are available on proposalCENTRAL.

The website for the National Palliative Care Research Center is: www.npcrc.org