Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Research on the Biology of Estrogen Receptor Negative Breast Cancer in Various Racial & Ethnic Groups

Notice Number: NOT-CA-09-024

Key Dates
Release Date:  May 12, 2009

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National Cancer Institute (NCI) (


The National Cancer Institute announces the forthcoming issuance of the Request for Applications (RFA) for research on “The Biology of Estrogen Receptor Negative Breast Cancer in various Racial and Ethnic Groups”. The intended funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is designed to promote the systematic study of the biology of Estrogen Receptor (ER)-negative human breast cancers, the characterization of the molecular features of these cancers, the signaling pathways, and networks that support their growth. Another important goal is to identify differences in the biology of ER-negative breast tumors among racial groups.

The new FOA is expected to be published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts in early summer 2009 (it will be RFA-CA-09-026).

APPLICATIONS ARE NOT BEING SOLICITED AT THIS TIME. However, this Notice is to encourage investigators with appropriate backgrounds and capabilities to pro-actively plan to submit applications in response to this forthcoming RFA-CA-09-026.

Under RFA-CA-09-026, the NCI plans to fund up to four cooperative agreement awards using the U01 mechanism. These awards will be up to a maximum of $800,000 in annual total cost per award, with project periods of up to five years.


It is essential that all prospective applicants read the complete FOA (i.e., RFA-CA-09-026), once it is published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

For any additional inquiries, please contact:

Neeraja Sathyamoorthy, Ph.D.
Division of Cancer Biology
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Boulevard
EPN Suite 5000
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: (301) 435-1878
FAX: 301-480-0864

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