E-Newsletter - May 2016

Alliance Cancer Control Program Junior Faculty Award Funds
Applications Due June 1

The Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support training and research initiatives for junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows in the Cancer Control Program (CCP). The purpose of these awards is to facilitate ongoing training and assist junior faculty and post-docs in establishing a competitive research profile early in their career. These funds are available from the Alliance NCORP Research Base grant, which is supported by the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP).

Junior faculty may have either an instructor or assistant professor position within their institution and must be within 5 years of their first faculty appointment, and post-doctoral fellows must maintain their fellowship for the entire one-year award period. Each applicant must work with a mentor throughout that time, allocating protected time to engage in training activities and conduct a research project in the field of cancer prevention and control, such as areas 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.

Applicants, their mentors, and their respective institutions must be Alliance members, and either the applicant or the mentor must be a member of a relevant Alliance CCP committee. Applicants who are not currently a member of an Alliance CCP committee are highly encouraged to become a member of the appropriate committee relevant to their proposal, if funded. 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 4-6 page concept to conduct a CCP research project and should also include a description of training activities.Proposals should be written using 11-point font (or larger) 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 and mentor) (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 research project will lead to an Alliance protocol in the future

  • Description of research environment

  • References (not included in page limit)

  • Description of training activities (limit 1 page, and is included in page limit)

  • Please also include a letter of support from the mentor committing time to mentor the applicant.

In addition to the concept, applications should include a biographical sketch of the PI and mentor, summary of Other Support (for both the PI and mentor), 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), along with a budget justification. Funds not to exceed 10% may be requested for PI salary support; however, funds cannot be used for mentor (or co-investigator) salary support, or salary support for Alliance Central Office staff. 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.