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RFA: Pilot Studies Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

Deadline:  October 15, 2013

Disparities in cancer health outcomes among racial, ethnic and economically vulnerable populations have been widely documented, resulting in a disproportionate burden borne by ethnic/racial minorities and underserved populations. The causes of such disparities appear to be multifaceted and complex and occur all along the cancer continuum (from prevention and early detection to access to care through treatment, survivorship and end of life care.) There is an urgent need to find effective interventions that will result in a reduction of cancer health disparities. Community-based participatory research (CBPR), a method of full partnership and collaboration between researchers and communities, has been demonstrated to be a respectful and effective method in which both researchers and communities have joint ownership of process and product (Arble and Moberg, 2006.)

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), using community-based participatory research (CBPR). 

Studies funded by this RFA must

  • Focus on interventions to reduce health disparities.
  • Use CBPR as the research method
  • Demonstrate clear evidence of how this pilot data will be used to develop an independently funded study (e.g., NIH RO1 or ACS Research Scholar Grant) Eligibility and Cancer Site There are two different types of funding for this RFA that impact (a) the type of cancer being investigated and (b) applicant eligibility criteria.

Funding Types

Type 1 funding: ($200,000).

Any cancer site (e.g., breast, colorectal etc.) may be the focus of research. Only researchers with terminal degrees (M.D, Ph.D. or equivalent) who are U.S. citizens, at any career stage, and who work at a not-for- profit institution located in the Midwest Division of the ACS (Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) are eligible to apply.

Principal Investigators (PIs) who are not part of an academic center or who have no externally funded research in CBPR, must engage in collaborative partnership with an academic (anywhere in the United States) with demonstrated research expertise in community-based research.      

Type 2 funding: ($200,000).

Only breast cancer may be the focus of research.

Only researchers with terminal degrees (M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent) who are U.S. citizens, at any career stage, and who work at a not-for-profit institution located in Milwaukee area are eligible to apply. Principal Investigators (PIs) who are not part of an academic center or who have no externally funded research in CBPR, must engage in collaborative partnership with an academic (anywhere in the United States) with demonstrated research expertise in community-based research.

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 Studies Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities 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.) Awards: It is anticipated that a total of $400,000/year for 2 years will be available to support this RFA. Applications will be selected through the Society’s peer review system. Peer Review of Applications and Resubmission

Process: Review of applications at the ACS is a two-tiered process.

  • Step 1 - Applications will be reviewed by the CPPB (Cancer Control and Prevention Research) Peer Review Committee (PRC). Applications recommended for funding by the Peer Review Committee will be forwarded to the Council for Extramural Grants.
  • Step 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.  Resubmissions - Grantees may submit their applications a total of three times (i.e., original application and two resubmissions.)

Deadline: Applicants must submit their full application electronically and in paper format per guidelines on cancer.org no later than 5pm (Eastern) on October 15, 2013. 

Additional Questions

We have made every attempt to answer all questions online. Please make sure to read all policies and instructions online. If you have any unanswered questions, please contact Joseph Cotter, Program Coordinator (Joseph.Cotter@cancer.org)

Access Electronic Grant application process at proposalCENTRAL