Notice of Change to PAR-13-294 "Advanced Development of Informatics Technology (U24)"

Notice Number: NOT-CA-14-046

Key Dates
Release Date:  September 2, 2014

Related Announcements
PAR-13-294

Issued by
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Purpose

This Notice amends the following sections of PAR-13-294, "Advanced Development of Informatics Technology (U24)."

Part 1. Overview Information

Funding Opportunity Purpose

Current language:

Funding Opportunity Purpose

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite Cooperative Agreement (U24) applications for advanced development and enhancement of emerging informatics technologies to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge in cancer research. An emerging informatics technology is defined as one that has passed the initial prototyping and pilot development stage, has demonstrated potential to have a significant and broader impact, has compelling reasons for further improvement and enhancement, and has not been widely adopted in the cancer research field. If successful, these technologies would accelerate research in cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer prevention, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. This FOA is one component of the NCI's Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Initiative whose central mission is to promote research-driven informatics technology development.  Potential applicants who are interested in early-stage development should consult companion FOAs listed above.  Applications that focus on informatics data processing and analysis or mathematical/statistical modeling alone without informatics technology development are not appropriate for this FOA.  

Modified language:

Funding Opportunity Purpose

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite Cooperative Agreement (U24) applications for advanced development and enhancement of emerging informatics technologies to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge in cancer research. An emerging informatics technology is defined as one that has passed the initial prototyping and pilot development stage, has demonstrated potential to have a significant and broader impact, and has compelling reasons for further improvement and enhancement. If successful, these technologies would accelerate research in cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer prevention, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. This FOA is one component of the NCI's Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Initiative whose central mission is to promote research-driven informatics technology development.  Potential applicants who are interested in early-stage development should consult companion FOAs listed above.  Applications that focus on informatics data processing and analysis or mathematical/statistical modeling alone without informatics technology development are not appropriate for this FOA.  

Part 2. Full Text of Announcement
Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

Purpose

Current language:
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite Cooperative Agreement (U24) applications for advanced development and enhancement of emerging informatics technologies to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge in cancer research. An emerging informatics technology is defined as one that has passed the initial prototyping and pilot development stage, has demonstrated potential to have a significant and broader impact, has compelling reasons for further improvement and enhancement, and has not been widely adopted in the cancer research field. If successful, these technologies would accelerate research in cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer prevention, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. This FOA is one component of the NCI's Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Initiative whose central mission is to promote research-driven informatics technology development.  Potential applicants who are interested in early-stage development should consult companion FOAs listed at the end of the current section of the FOA. Applications that focus on informatics data processing and analysis or mathematical/statistical modeling alone without informatics technology development are not appropriate for this FOA.

Modified language:
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite Cooperative Agreement (U24) applications for advanced development and enhancement of emerging informatics technologies to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge in cancer research. An emerging informatics technology is defined as one that has passed the initial prototyping and pilot development stage, has demonstrated potential to have a significant and broader impact, and has compelling reasons for further improvement and enhancement.¬† If successful, these technologies would accelerate research in cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer prevention, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. This FOA is one component of the NCI's Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Initiative whose central mission is to promote research-driven informatics technology development.  Potential applicants who are interested in early-stage development should consult companion FOAs listed at the end of the current section of the FOA. Applications that focus on informatics data processing and analysis or mathematical/statistical modeling alone without informatics technology development are not appropriate for this FOA.

Part 2. Section III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

Foreign Institutions

Current language:
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

Modified language:
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are eligible to apply.
Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

Section IV. Application and Submission Information

PHS 398 Research Plan

Currently reads:
Research Strategy: As the goal of this FOA is to support research-driven informatics technology development to serve the mission of NCI, program priorities will be given to applications that are exceptional in the following aspects: 1) potential impact to cancer research, 2) the level of interaction with collaborators in the cancer research field, 3) the level of innovation, and 4) proposed technology dissemination plan. Funds requested must be used to support informatics technology development instead of research.

Modified to read:
Research Strategy: As the goal of this FOA is to support research-driven informatics technology development to serve the mission of NCI, program priorities will be given to applications that are exceptional in the following aspects: 1) potential impact to cancer research, 2) the level of interaction with collaborators in the cancer research field, 3) the level of innovation, and 4) proposed technology dissemination plan. Funds requested must be used to support informatics technology development instead of research.

Because the scope of this FOA is limited to advanced development of informatics technology, appropriate projects should address development, functionality, and/or evaluation status of informatics software. The development status of the existing software may be demonstrated by at least one of the following:

  • a pointer to a running hosted instance of the software;
  • a mechanism to install and evaluate the software locally, such as binary files, a virtual machine, or source code with appropriate instructions;
  • a pointer to a comprehensive description of the current software package and its functionality, including user instructions.
  • one or more peer-reviewed publication(s) showing significant results obtained with the proposed software

Section V. Application Review Information

Additional Review Considerations

Applications from Foreign Organizations

Current language:
Not Applicable

Modified language:
Reviewers will assess whether the project presents special opportunities for furthering research programs through the use of unusual talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions that exist in other countries and either are not readily available in the United States or augment existing U.S. resources.

All other aspects of the FOA remain the same.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

J. Jerry Li, M.D., Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute
Telephone: 240-276-6210
Email: jerry.li@nih.gov