October 30, 2023
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking input on potential approaches and innovations that might be implemented to support early career, mentored cancer researchers and trainees. Review of this entire Request for Information (RFI) is encouraged to ensure a comprehensive response and to have a full understanding of how responses will be used.
The NCI is committed to the training and development of the 21st century cancer research workforce. As the needs of this community and the opportunities for careers continue to evolve, it is crucial that NCIs support evolves as well. Throughout all NCI programs, training must reflect the diversity of the population it serves. Part of NCIs work in this area is accomplished through a series of funding opportunities managed by the Center for Cancer Trainings Cancer Training Branch including F30, F31, F32, F99/K00, K08, K12, K22, K25, K99/R00, early K99/R00, T32, R25, the NIH Loan Repayment Program (https://www.cancer.gov/grants-training/training/funding), the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities Diversity Training Branch including F31, K01, K08, K22, R21, R25 YES and Diversity Research Supplements (https://www.cancer.gov/about-nci/organization/crchd/funding-training-opportunities#training), and the Center for Global Health including D43 and K43 (https://www.cancer.gov/about-nci/organization/cgh/research-training-programs#research-training).
In response to the renewed concerns raised by early career, mentored cancer researchers including through the work of the NIHs Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on Re-envisioning NIH-Supported Postdoctoral Training (https://acd.od.nih.gov/working-groups/postdocs.html), NCI is examining its own approaches. We are taking the concerns identified by the many community engagements as a starting point and are here seeking input on potential approaches and innovations that might be implemented within areas under the NCIs purview.
We are particularly interested in feedback on the funding mechanisms we use or could develop to support early career, mentored-cancer researchers from middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate studies through early research independence, and how they are structured and positioned with regard to the needs of a diverse cancer research workforce.
The NCI is interested in soliciting comments and opinions that respond to the following questions about how we support early career, mentored cancer researchers:
All responses must be submitted electronically as follows:
Responses to this (Request for Information) RFI Notice are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. Submitted information will not be considered confidential. Please do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential or sensitive information in your responses. Responses are welcome from associations and professional organizations as well as individual stakeholders. The responses will be reviewed by NIH staff, and individual feedback will not be provided to any responder.
This RFI is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the National Institutes of Health, or NCI. The information submitted will be analyzed and may be shared internally, appear in reports or be reflected in future solicitations, as appropriate and at the Governments discretion. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information provided and will not provide feedback to respondents.