National Cancer Institute
Epidemiology and Genomics Research
July 2013

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Funding Opportunity

Sage Bionetworks/DREAM Challenges

Breast Cancer Network Inference Challenge, Toxicogenetics Challenge, and Whole-Cell Parameter Estimation Challenge 

Submissions due by September 15, 2013 


Health Disparity Research Award and Population Science Impact Award
Pre-application submissions due by September 18, 2013
Research on the Role of Epigenetics in Social, Behavioral, Environmental, and Biological Relationships throughout the Life-Span and Across Generations (R21)
Application due date: November 13, 2013
Expires November 14, 2013
NCI Exploratory/Research Developmental Program (R21)
Application due dates: October 28, 2013; February 28, 2014; June 27, 2014; October 28, 2014; February 27, 2015; June 29, 2015
Expires September 5, 2015



Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity
Announcement (FOA) for the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory - Demonstrating Projects for Pragmatic Clinical Trials Focusing on Mutliple Chronic Conditions (UH2/UH3)

Expected application due date: Fall 2013



Notice of Intent to Publish an FOA for Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-Funded Research Projects

Expected application due date: November 5, 2013 

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NIH to Require Use of Updated Electronic Application Forms
With some exceptions, all applicants will be required to use electronic application forms packages for due dates on or after September 25, 2013.  

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Upcoming Seminars & WorkshopsEvents
Webinar:  New Developments in the Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey

September 17, 2013, 1:30-3:30 ET 


Health Information National Trends Survey User Conference

October 2-3, 2013 in Bethesda, MD


October, 16-17 2013 in Cambridge, UK
October 28-30, 2013 in Sioux Falls, SD
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The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) funds research in human populations to understand the causes of cancer and related outcomes.

The Program fosters interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as the development and use of resources and technologies to advance cancer research and translation of this research, which serve as the basis for clinical and public health interventions.
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Large-Budget Grant Applications Require 8 Weeks Advance Notice Before SubmissionLargeGrantApplications
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) require grant applications with requested budgets of $500,000 or more in subtotal direct costs in any one year to contact the appropriate program staff member and receive approval before submitting proposals to NIH's Center for Scientific Review (CSR).   

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts' Notices NOT-CA-02-029 and NOT-OD-02-004 state that approval must be sought 6 weeks prior to submitting such applications. However, approval for applications assigned to the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), of which the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) is a part, must be sought at least 8 weeks prior to submission to CSR in order to complete the necessary internal processing.


Investigators must follow this policy, speak to the appropriate EGRP Program Director, and respond to requests for information. If advance notice of the proposed research and budget is not approved by DCCPS, CSR will not accept the application, which will result in a delay in consideration until the next submission deadline. This policy applies to new, competing continuation, competing supplement, and amended/resubmitted applications.


However, it does not apply to applications submitted in response to Requests for Applications (RFAs) or other funding opportunities with specified budget limits. Investigators should also be aware that approval given to submit a large-budget application is limited to the cycle for which the proposal is submitted.


Learn more about the materials required for submitting an Awaiting Receipt of Application (ARA), deadlines, and frequently asked questions.


View a list of EGRP staff and their contact information.

Data Available for Research Use: Public Concern about Environmental ExposuresHINTS
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The Behavioral Research Program in DCCPS administers the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), which collects nationally representative data on the American public's need for, access to, and use of health and cancer-related information. HINTS began in 2003 (HINTS 1) and subsequent surveys followed in 2005 (HINTS 2) and 2008 (HINTS 3). HINTS 4 consists of four data collection cycles over three years; cycle 1 and 2 data are currently available with subsequent data being available in 2014.


EGRP partnered with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the HINTS Management Team to develop questions measuring concern over environmental exposures, such as air pollution and chemicals in food, water, household and personal care products and their potential impact on health. These questions are contained in the HINTS 4, Cycle 2 instruments (see Section I of the survey).


HINTS data are available for public use and can be accessed through the HINTS website. There is also a HINTS Users Conference scheduled for October 2-3, 2013, on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD. Paper abstracts and video submissions are due July 12, 2013.


Learn more about EGRP's interests in environmental epidemiology.


Cancer Data and Statistical Tools for ResearchersSEER

You may have heard of the SEER Program (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results), but do you know how this online compendium of cancer statistics can benefit your research?


SEER, led by DCCPS' Surveillance Research Program, currently collects and publishes cancer incidence, prevalence, and survival data from cancer registries in the United States. The Program, which began in 1973, provides the greatest longevity for population-based cancer statistics in the United States. It is a comprehensive source of population-based information that includes stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis and survival data. SEER also collects data on specific genomic markers, patient demographics, primary tumor site, first course of treatment, and vital status at patient follow-up.


The following SEER resources can be particularly useful for genomic, clinical, or translational cancer research.

  • SEER-Medical Health Outcomes Linked Database
    The SEER cancer registries in this database collect clinical, demographic, and cause of death information for persons with cancer. They are linked to the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey, which provides information about the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) enrollees.
  • SEER-Medicare Linked Database 
    Two large population-based sources of data which are linked to provide detailed information about Medicare beneficiaries with cancer.
  • SEER-National Longitudinal Mortality Survey
    Survey combines data collected by the Current Population Surveys (CPS) with cause of death information from official state records and includes data on race/ethnicity, marital status, education, income, employment status, occupation, household size, immigrant status, smoking (for certain cohorts), health status, and health insurance status.

There are also several SEER software packages available to researchers at no cost. SEER research data files and software are available for download from the SEER website or via discs shipped directly to you. A signed data agreement form is required to access the SEER data. Visit the SEER website for detailed instructions.


EGRP has also compiled links to other statistical resources for cancer research, and a list of national and state cancer registries.


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