Full Text PAR-97-063
NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 18, May 30, 1997
PA NUMBER:  PAR-97-063
P.T. 04

  Diagnosis, Medical 
  Disease Prevention+ 

National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date:   January 7
The Cancer Centers Branch (CCB), Division of Cancer Treatment,
Diagnosis, and Centers (DCTDC), of the National Cancer Institute
(NCI) invites planning grant applications for the development of
Cancer Research Centers in a variety of organizational settings.  The
purpose is to expand the scientific, geographic and demographic
diversity of the Cancer Centers Program of the NCI by encouraging
research-oriented organizations to develop the qualities of a strong
cancer research center and become competitive for a Cancer Center
Support Grant.  Cancer center planning strategies may focus on a
specific research theme (e.g. diagnosis, therapy, epidemiology) or
integrate a broad spectrum of research to include the basic,
clinical, prevention and control, and population sciences (i.e., an
NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center). All approaches to
planning cancer centers are encouraged, as long as they address the
six essential features of an NCI Cancer Center (i.e. cancer focus,
institutional commitment, organizational capabilities, facilities,
center director authority, and interdisciplinary coordination and
collaboration) and as long as they take advantage of the full range
of the organization's capabilities in cancer research.
The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health
promotion and disease prevention objectives of  "Healthy People
2000," a PHS-led national activity for setting priority areas.  This
PA, Planning Grants for Cancer Research Centers, is related to the
priority area of cancer.  Potential applicants may obtain a copy of
"Healthy People 2000" (Full Report: Stock No. 017-001-00473-0 or
Summary Report: Stock No. 017-001-00473-1) through the Superintendent
of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington DC 20402-9235
(telephone 202/512-1800).
Applications may be submitted by domestic for-profit and non-profit
organizations, public and private, such as universities, colleges,
hospitals, and laboratories units of State and local governments, and
eligible agencies of the Federal government.  Applications may be
from a single institution or several institutions (collaborating
institutions or consortia) that do not have a Cancer Center Support
Grant (CCSG), is not one of a set of collaborating institutions that
make up a CCSG-supported NCI cancer center, or has not been supported
by a CCPG or a CCSG in the last three years.  Racial/ethnic minority
individuals, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to
apply as principal investigators.
Support for the planning and development of NCI cancer research
centers will be through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
planning grant (P20) mechanism, which the NCI refers to in this PA as
the cancer center planning grant (CCPG).  CCPGs provide up to
$175,000 in direct costs in the first year with cost-of-living
increases in future years according to existing NCI policy.
Applicants may request up to five (5) years of support.
Applicants will be responsible for the execution of all activities
supported by this grant.  Applications submitted in response to this
program announcement will compete with other CCPG applications
submitted during the same fiscal year.  The time and amount of all
CCPG awards will be contingent upon the recommendations of peer
reviewers and the availability of funds.  Awards will be administered
under PHS grants policy as stated in the Public Health Service Grants
Policy Statement (rev. 4/94).
The Cancer Centers Program of the NCI currently supports
multidisciplinary cancer research centers in a variety of
institutions through the Cancer Centers Support Grant (P30)
mechanism).  Since the National Cancer Act of 1971, the legislative
charge of the Program has been to support cancer centers that perform
research in the basic, clinical, prevention and control, and
population sciences; that promote and enhance multidisciplinary,
interdisciplinary and translational research; and that influence how
the results of research are coupled to medical practice in the
communities and regions that they serve. While every cancer center
does not meet all of these broad expectations (i.e. some are
specialized in their research approaches), all cancer centers are
organized to take maximum advantage of their research capability and
opportunities in such a way that they can have an impact on reducing
cancer incidence, mortality and morbidity.
Research Goals and Scope:
The strength of the NCI's Cancer Centers Program is founded in the
diversity of academic, free-standing, and consortial institutions
that have become NCI-supported cancer centers.  The aim of this
initiative is to ensure that the scientific, institutional,
geographical and demographic diversity of the Program is maintained
and expanded by encouraging new research-oriented organizations to
apply for CCPGs and develop the research, leadership and organization
capabilities expected of an NCI cancer center.  The ultimate goal is
to see new institutions become successful in competing for Cancer
Center Support Grants and be designated as NCI cancer centers.
It is the policy of the NIH that women and members of minority groups
and their subpopulations must be included in all NIH-supported
biomedical and behavioral research projects involving human subjects,
unless clear and compelling rationale and justification is provided
that inclusion is inappropriate with respect to the health of the
subjects or the purpose of the research.  This policy results from
the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 (Section 4928 of Public Law
All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should
read the "NIH Guidelines for Inclusion of Women and Minorities as
Subjects in Clinical Research," which have been published in the
Federal Register of March 20, 1994 (FR 59 14508-14513) and in the NIH
Guide for Grants and Contracts, Volume 23, Number 11, March 18, 1994.
Applications are to be submitted on the grant application form PHS
398 (rev. 5/95).  Applications must be received by January 7 each
year.  Application kits are available at most institutional offices
of sponsored research and may be obtained from the Office of
Extramural Outreach and Information Resources, 6701 Rockledge Drive,
MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910, telephone (301) 435-0715, email:
asknih@odrockm1.od.nih.gov.  The title and number of the announcement
must be typed in Section 2 on the face page of the application.  The
format for submission of a Cancer Center Planning Grant is detailed
in NCI guidelines entitled, "Planning Grants for NCI-Supported Cancer
Research Centers.  These guidelines can be obtained from the Cancer
Centers Branch of the NCI (see INQUIRIES section).
Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application, and three
signed exact photocopies in one package to:
BETHESDA, MD 20892-7710
BETHESDA, MD 20817 (for express/courier service)
At the same time of submission, please submit two additional copies
of the application to:
Ms. Toby Friedberg
Division of Extramural Activities
National Cancer Institute
Executive Plaza North, Room 636
6130 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892
Rockville, MD 20852 (for express mail)
The review criteria for CCPGs are outlined in the NCI guidelines
entitled, "Planning Grants for NCI-Supported Cancer Research Centers.
These guidelines can be obtained from the Cancer Centers Branch of
the NCI (see INQUIRIES section).
Applications will compete for available funds with all other approved
applications.  The following will be considered in making funding
decisions: quality of the proposed project as determined by peer
review; availability of funds; and program priority.
In order to obtain the NCI guidelines for "Planning Grants for NCI-
Supported Cancer Research Centers," which are needed to prepare the
application in the proper format and which contain the specific
criteria for peer review, and for information regarding programmatic
issues please contact:
Margaret E. Holmes, Ph.D.
Division of Cancer Treatment, Diagnosis and Centers
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Boulevard, Room 502, MSC 7383
Bethesda, MD  20892-7383
Telephone:  (301) 496-8531
FAX:  (301) 402-0181
Email:  mh67g@nih.gov
Written and telephone inquiries about Cancer Center Planning Grants
and the Cancer Centers Program in general are encouraged.
Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to:
Ms. Carolyn Mason
Grants Administration Branch
National Cancer Institute
Executive Plaza South, Room 243
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: (301) 496-7800, ext. 259
FAX: (301) 496-8601
email: CM113G@nih.gov
This program is described in the Catalog of Federal and Domestic
Assistance No. 93.397, Cancer Research.  Awards are made under the
authorization of the Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Part A
(Public Law 78-410, as amended, Public Law 99-158, 42 USC 241 and
285) and administered under PHS grants policies and Federal
Regulations at 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Part 74 and 92.  This
program is not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements
of Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency review.
The PHS strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to
provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of tobacco
products.  In addition, Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of
1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any
portion of a facility) in which regular or routine education,
library, day care, health care or early childhood development
services are provided to children.  This is consistent with the PHS
mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of the
American people.

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