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Pilot Projects & Developmental Projects

Overview

The Cancer Research Network (CRN) invites applications for Pilot and Developmental Projects that will lead to further research addressing issues that can decrease the burden of cancer. All projects must involve population sciences research -- epidemiologic studies or health care services research, broadly defined -- that is conducted within the integrated health care settings of the CRN and its affiliate sites. Basic laboratory or population sciences research that does not include activities in the CRN/HMO Research Network setting is ineligible.

Projects are invited that address questions that fall under the CRN scientific areas of Prevention & Screening; Epidemiology of Prognosis & Outcomes; Health Care Quality & Cost; or Communication & Dissemination. The CRN has established Scientific Working Groups to promote research in these areas. Research questions that also address Informatics capabilities or improvement of CRN-based data or other resources are also invited. Please see the full Pilot Project announcement for details on this year's focus questions.

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Who Can Apply for Pilot Projects?

Any investigator at a qualified research institution, regardless of prior involvement with the CRN or its member institutions is eligible to submit applications and be funded under this program. Examples of qualified research institutions include, but are not limited to, CRN Sites or affiliate Sites, academic health centers, schools of medicine or public health, NCI-designated cancer centers, and other research organizations.

If the Principal Investigator of the application does not have a primary appointment at one of the CRN or its affiliate sites, the proposed project must include a co-investigator who does have such a primary appointment.

Read the Full Pilot Project Announcement.

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Who Can Apply for Developmental Projects?

Applicants for Developmental Projects are limited to those with an appointment at a CRN research institution, including affiliate institutions. Collaborations with investigators at other organizations may be included if they are appropriate for the purposes of the project.

If the Principal Investigator of the application has an adjunct or comparable appointment but does not have a primary appointment at one of the CRN or its affiliate Sites, there must be a co-investigator who does have such a primary appointment.

Read the Full Developmental Project Announcement.

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Funding

Approximately $325,000 is available to fund CRN Developmental and Pilot Projects in this round of funding. We expect to fund four or five total projects, including perhaps one Developmental Project. The number of projects funded assumes receipt of meritorious applications. Projects should have budgets of no more than $75,000 in total costs (including direct and indirect costs); any exceptions must be discussed before submission with the CRN Principal Investigator, Dr. Lawrence Kushi, and the CRN Executive Committee.

This program is supported by funds awarded to the CRN by the National Cancer Institute. Any Pilot or Developmental Projects that are awarded are subject to all the regulations that pertain to receipt of NIH funds, including IRB approvals prior to initiation of activities under Project awards. In the case of Developmental Projects, activities may fall under current CRN IRB approvals; this will be determined soon after decisions regarding funding.

Projects are one-year, non-renewable grants. Projects will be funded as subcontracts to the applicant organization(s) from Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) through the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute (KFRI). Although subcontracts for the Projects will be established as soon as possible after funding decisions are finalized, administrative processes and associated timelines may result in some delay in implementation of subcontracts. For planning purposes, the CRN Project budget year that pertains to this Call for Applications is August 1, 2014 - July 31, 2015.

In order to ensure broad representation of research funded through this program, it is unlikely that more than one Project from any lead institution will be funded.

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2014 Application Process

Required Letter of Intent - Due Monday, March 3, 2014, 5 pm Pacific Time

A required letter of intent (LOI) must be submitted to the CRN Coordinating Center. Letters of Intent will be reviewed by CRN personnel, and select applicants will then be invited to submit a full Pilot Project application. We expect to invite no more than 40 applicants to submit full applications. Further details regarding the content and format of the required Letter of Intent are provided in the Application Instructions.

Full Developmental/Pilot Project Application - Due Friday, May 16, 2014, 5 pm Pacific Time

Full Project Applications will be accepted only from investigators who have been invited to submit an application after CRN review of the required Letter of Intent. Unsolicited full applications will not be reviewed and are ineligible for funding.

Further details regarding the content and format of the full Application are provided in the Application Instructions.

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2014 Developmental & Pilot Program Schedule

Tuesday, February 11 Informational Webinar and Q&A for CRN Developmental and Pilot Program - Letters of Intent phase, 10 am to 11:30 am Pacific Time. Contact the CRN Coordinating Center for webinar information.
Tuesday, February 25 Webinar with presentations by currently-funded (2013) Pilot Project investigators, 9 am to 11 am Pacific Time. While not specifically for this purpose, this webinar can provide potential applicants with examples of successfully-funded CRN Pilot Projects. Contact the CRN Coordinating Center for webinar information.
Monday, March 3 Letters of Intent due at CRN Coordinating Center, by 5 pm Pacific Time.
By Monday, March 17 Peer review of Letters of Intent completed.
By Monday, March 24 Notification to Principal Investigator of invitation to submit Full Pilot Project Application.
Monday, April 14 Informational Webinar and Q&A for CRN Developmental and Pilot Program - Full Application phase, 12 noon to 2 pm Pacific Time. Webinar information will be provided to all applicants who are invited to submit a Full Application.
Friday, May 16 Full Pilot Project Applications and budgets due at CRN Coordinating Center by 5 pm Pacific Time.
By Friday, June 6 Initial peer review of applications completed.
Friday, June 20 Review Committee meets to rank and recommend projects for funding.

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