Pilot Projects & Developmental Projects
The Cancer Research Network (CRN) invites applications for Pilot and Developmental Projects that enhance current or develop new CRN scientific and research resources to enable the conduct of research and activities that may result in decreased burden of cancer. Projects are invited that address informatics, data use, or other enhancements that can promote cancer care and research in the integrated health care setting. The CRN encourages Projects that have the potential to address questions that fall under the CRN scientific areas of Prevention & Screening; Epidemiology of Prognosis & Outcomes; Health Care Quality & Cost; or Communications & Dissemination. Read more about these Scientific Working Groups.
All projects must support or enhance the ability to conduct population sciences research - epidemiologic studies or health care services research, broadly defined - that is carried out within the integrated health care settings of the CRN and affiliate sites. Basic laboratory research or population sciences research that does not include activities in the CRN/HMORN setting are ineligible.
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. Examples of qualified research institutions include, but are not limited to, CRN 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 CRN affiliate sites, there must be a co-investigator who does have such a primary appointment. In order to ensure broad representation of research funded through this program, it is highly unlikely that more than one Pilot Project from any lead institution will be funded.
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 are encouraged 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. No more than one Developmental Project from any institution as the lead institution will be funded.
Approximately $400,000 per year is available to fund CRN Developmental and Pilot Projects. We expect to fund around five to eight total projects per year, of which at least one will be a Developmental Project, assuming meritorious applications. Projects should have budgets of no more than $75,000 in total 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 (NCI). 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 receipt of funds. In the case of Developmental Projects, activities may fall under current CRN IRB approvals; this will be determined soon after decisions regarding funding.
Pilot and Developmental Projects are one-year, non-renewable grants. Projects will be funded as subcontracts to the applicant organization(s) from Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) and the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute (KFRI). The CRN Pilot and Developmental Project budget year that pertains to this call for applications is September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2014.
As funding will be awarded as part of the CRN non-competing renewal for the CRN grant fiscal year of September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2014, initiation and final approval of subcontracts for Projects may be delayed beyond September 1, depending on receipt date of the Notice of Award and applicant institution and KFRI administrative processes.
2013 Application Process
Required Letter of Intent - Due Friday, April 12, 2013
A required letter of intent (LOI) must be submitted to the CRN Coordinating Center. Letters of Intent will be reviewed by CRN personnel for the principal criteria outlined in the Full Announcements, and applicants will then be invited to submit a full Developmental or Pilot Project application.
Full Developmental/Pilot Project Application - Due Friday, June 21, 2013
Full Developmental or Pilot Project Applications will be accepted only from investigators who have been invited to submit such an application after CRN review of the required Letter of Intent. Unsolicited full applications will not be reviewed and are ineligible for funding.
2013 Application Schedule
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