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Saturday, July 27, 2013

American Cancer Society RFA: Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care of Cancer Patients and Their Families

Purpose: The development of the specialty of palliative medicine is a critical step in addressing the unmet needs of patients with serious illness and their families
Pilot data are typically needed before funding agencies (e.g., NIH, VA or the American Cancer Society) will consider funding a research project. In an effort to support clinician investigators conducting patient-oriented research in palliative care, the American Cancer Society, in parallel with the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), is soliciting applications for pilot/exploratory research grants in palliative care of cancer patients and their families. These grants will generate the pilot data necessary to maximize an investigator's chances of competing successfully for larger grants.
Application Deadline: October 15, 2013
Eligibility Requirements:
1. Applications may be submitted by not-for-profit institutions located within the United States, its territories and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
2. Applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents of the United States.
3. Applicants must hold a doctorate degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) and have a full-time faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other fiscally responsible not-for-profit organization within the United States.
4. Independent investigators at all stages of their career are eligible to apply. Thus, the usual ACS restriction to investigators within the first six years of their initial independent research appointment does not apply to this RFA.
Focus of RFA: This RFA provides funding for investigators performing pilot and exploratory research studies whose purpose is to test interventions, develop research methodologies, and explore novel areas of research in palliative care of cancer patients and their families. A condition of funding is a clearly defined plan as to how the investigator will use the results of the project to develop larger, extramurally funded research projects.

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