Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers Program (U54)

Notice Number: NOT-CA-14-028

Key Dates
Release Date: January 24, 2014
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: March 2014
First Estimated Application Due Date: May/June 2014
Earliest Estimated Award Date: April 2015
Earliest Estimated Start Date: April 2015

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Issued by
National Cancer Institute (NCI)


The National Cancer Institute (NCI) intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for the Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers (PS-OC) program. The purpose of PS-OC program is to integrate the physical sciences with cancer research to address fundamental questions in cancer that advance our current understanding of the disease. The initiative is expected to further develop emerging fields of study in cancer that are based on physical sciences principles and approaches.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. 

The FOA is expected to be published in March 2014 with an expected application due date in May/June 2014.

This FOA will utilize the U54 activity code. Applications for this FOA will be electronic and be submitted through the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST).

Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages teams with complementary expertise in the physical sciences, cancer research, and other life sciences to consider applying for this new FOA.

Each applicant team will be required to propose two to three projects, connected by an overarching Center Framework, that address complex and challenging question(s) in cancer research from a physical sciences perspective. Example thematic areas of interest include but are not limited to (1) The Physical Dynamics of Cancer and (2) Spatio-Temporal Organization and Information Transfer in Cancer.

Each Center will also be required to establish an Administrative Core and an Education & Outreach Unit. Centers will also be expected to develop Center Pilot projects and collaborative Trans-Network projects. Shared Resource Cores may also be needed depending on the research projects proposed.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Sean E. Hanlon, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 240-276-5061


Larry A. Nagahara, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 240-276-7610