The Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support pilot projects in the Cancer Control Program, including cancer prevention, risk assessment, screening, symptom intervention, surveillance, health outcomes research, and specific population groups, including minority and underserved, elderly, and 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. Awardees must attend at least one Alliance Group meeting to present their research and be a member of a relevant Cancer Control Program committee.

Applications should be in the form of a 3 – 5 page concept to conduct a Cancer Control Program pilot clinical trial. The concept should follow the following format:

  • Title page
  • Background (include rationale and significance)
  • Study objectives
  • Study plan (include schema and eligibility criteria)
  • Data analysis (include feasibility)
  • References

Please also include a description of how this pilot study will lead to an Alliance protocol in the future. In addition to the concept, applications should include the biographical sketch of the PI, summary of Other Support, and a budget (following the PHS 398 budget format) that may request up to $200,000 in total costs with a budget justification. Funds cannot be used for PI (or co-investigator) salary support, or salary 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 have a protocol number or be eligible for cancer control credits/reimbursements or per-case payments.

Applications must be submitted no later than February 1, 2015. Approved projects will be funded with an anticipated budget start date of May 1, 2015. Please note that the requested funds for this initial award period must be expended by August 31, 2015. Carry forward funds may be requested; however, approval is not guaranteed.

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.