RELEASE DATE:  August 11, 2003

NOTICE:  NOT-CA-03-035

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The Division of Cancer Biology (DCB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) 
announces for fiscal year 2004 the availability of funds to supplement 
existing DCB-supported research projects to support and encourage scientific 
collaboration among DCB grantees, as well as with other members of the 
scientific community.  This initiative, known as the Activities to Promote 
Research Collaborations (APRC) program, can support collaborative activities 
that bring together ideas and approaches from disparate scientific 
disciplines, including those not currently supported by DCB.  Examples of 
collaborative activities include, but are not limited to, initiating new 
collaborative research projects, sharing resources and reagents, developing 
novel technologies, and organizing cross-disciplinary meetings/workshops.  It 
is essential, however, that proposed APRC activities be within the overall 
scope of the active parent award and that the collaborative activity is new.

A full description of the APRC program and the FY04 guidelines can be found at 
the following web site:  It details the 
opportunities available to DCB grantees for collaborative activities funded 
with administrative supplements to their active grants and the mechanisms for 
requesting these supplements.

Requests for APRC supplemental support will be accepted 2 times this year, 
November 3, 2003 and March 1, 2004.  Requests must be submitted as described 
on the web site.


Investigators funded by DCB who are interested in the activities described 
must contact their DCB Program Director prior to submitting an application.

Other interested investigators may direct their inquiries to:

John Sogn, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Division of Cancer Biology
National Cancer Institute, NIH,
Executive Plaza North, Room 5050
6130 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-7150
Telephone: (301) 594-8782
FAX: (301) 496-8656

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