E-Newsletter - May 2016

Alliance Cancer Control Program Pilot Project Funds
Applications Due June 1

The Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support pilot projects in the Cancer Control Program (CCP), including cancer prevention, risk assessment, screening, symptom intervention, surveillance, health outcomes research, or specific population groups, including minority and underserved, elderly, or adolescent and young adult populations. The purpose of these pilot projects is to generate preliminary data that will lead to Alliance protocols. These pilot project funds are available from the Alliance NCORP Research Base grant, which is supported by the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP).

Applicants and their respective institutions must be Alliance members, and applicants must be a member of an Alliance CCP committee. Awardees must budget for and attend at least one Alliance Group meeting to present the results of their research.

Applications should be in the form of a 3-5 page concept to conduct a CCP pilot clinical trial. Proposals should be written using 11-point (or larger) font in either Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype or Georgia typeface (black font color) with at least 0.5 inch margins on all sides.

The concept should follow the following format:  

  • Title page (include address, phone number, and preferred email address for PI) (not included in page limit)

  • Background (include rationale and significance)

  • Study objectives

  • Study plan (include schema and eligibility criteria)

  • Data analysis (include feasibility)

  • Description of how this pilot study will lead to an Alliance protocol in the future.

  • Description of research environment

  • References (not included in page limit)

In addition to the concept, applications should include a biographical sketch of the PI(s), summary of Other Support for the PI(s), and a budget (following the PHS 398 budget format, including the Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period and the Checklist Form page) that may request up to $200,000 in total costs (including institutional indirect costs) with a budget justification. Funds cannot be used for PI (or co-investigator) salary support, or salary support for Alliance Central Office staff.

Applications that propose to conduct the pilot trial as an Alliance-wide study (rather than as a single institution study) and that include an NCORP community or minority/ underserved community site will be given preference. Note: These studies will not be considered Alliance protocols, and as such, will not be assigned a protocol number or be eligible for cancer control credits/reimbursements or per-case payments.

Applications must be submitted to Electra Paskett via e-mail (electra.paskett@osumc.edu ) no later than June 1, 2016 (5 pm Eastern Time). Approved projects will be funded with an anticipated budget start date of August 15, 2016. Please note that the requested funds must be expended within one year from the date of award notification letter.   

Questions about the application process should be addressed to Electra Paskett, PhD, Alliance Cancer Control Program Deputy Director at electra.paskett@osumc.edu or 614-293-7713.


For other articles in the May issue of the Alliance E-News newsletter, see below.