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Overview of CRN Collaborative Opportunities

The CRN welcomes opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across the CRN, the Health Care Systems Research Network, and other research institutions to address high priority areas of cancer research. Successful collaborations may include the sharing of resources and ideas, publication of manuscripts, development of research proposals and work on successfully-funded grants, to develop research careers that focus on population sciences research that can be conducted in the CRN setting, and ongoing engagement in research collaborations. CRN investigators have a well-established history of collaborating with investigators at the NCI, NCI-designated cancer centers, academic institutions such as schools of public health, nursing, or medicine, and other research consortia and networks.

Following are the different ways the CRN encourages participation.

Initiating Collaboration with the CRN

If you are interested in learning more about how to collaborate with the CRN and/or would like to initiate research involvement, please review our Collaboration Process and complete an Inquiry Form. It is not necessary to include a project proposal when you complete the Inquiry Form. However, there is space to include specific details about a proposed project if you wish to include this information. Inquiries will be directed to the CRN Administrative Core/Coordinating Center for administrative review. A CRN representative will respond to the inquiry and work with the Requestor to determine the best way forward.

Scientific Working Groups

The CRN has identified four research areas in which the CRN Setting provides distinct benefits for conducting research – Prevention & Screening, Epidemiology of Prognosis & Outcomes, Health Care Quality & Cost, and Communication & Dissemination. Four Scientific Working Groups have been created to promote discussions and facilitate research these areas. Further information about these Scientific Working Groups, including how to join one of them, can be found here.

The CRN Scholars Program

The CRN Scholars program provides mentoring and nominal FTE support for junior investigators to gain training and experience in the conduct of research in the CRN Setting. The program provides direct mentoring through regular educational and other mentoring activities, including semi-annual in-person meetings, to create a community of scholars who can learn from each other and from the scientists and data resources of the CRN. Further information about the CRN Scholars program can be found here.

Pilot Projects & Developmental Projects Program

The CRN has historically supported a Pilot & Developmental Projects program with the objective that these activities will lead to further research addressing issues that can decrease the burden of cancer. Further information about the CRN Pilot & Developmental Projects Program as well as other CRN funding opportunities can be found here.

Accessing Datasets from prior CRN Studies

The CRN has collected information about the availability of cancer-related datasets, from projects that were funded or enabled by the CRN, for use by other investigators. The goal is to facilitate the conduct of additional research (e.g. by National Cancer Institute fellows, CRN Scholars, early-stage career investigators) and publication of findings using these existing data. Please see the Scientific & Data Resources page for more information.

Principles of Collaboration

The CRN has developed general principles to help both internal and external investigators navigate the process of collaborative research and to maximize the benefit of these collaborations for all parties.

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Additional Resources to Ensure a Productive Collaboration