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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Planning for a National Center for Particle Beam Radiation Therapy Research (P20

Announcement Type
Reissue of PAR-13-096
Related Notices
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number
Companion Funding Opportunity
Number of Applications
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s)
Funding Opportunity Purpose
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage and support planning efforts for establishing a Center for Particle Beam Radiation Therapy (PBRT) Research. The Center must be planned to operate as a research center adjunct to an independently created and funded, sustainable clinical facility for PBRT. Ultimately, the proposed Center is expected to perform clinically relevant research using proton and heavier ion beams (including but not necessarily limited to carbon beams). The goal of this FOA is to provide the awardees with funding to enable inclusion of necessary resources (expertise or facilities) to carry out basic, and translational, and clinical research complementary to a clinical PBRT facility. The necessary expertise and efforts would be provided by a multidisciplinary team of basic, translational, and clinical researchers, including physicists, engineers, biologists, and physicians, while the research facilities may include, by way of example, cell culture laboratories, vivarium, and clinical anesthesia units for pediatric patients. Applicants responding to this FOA must propose at least one pilot project that will enable a PBRT research agenda in particle beam delivery systems, dosimetry, radiation biology, or translational pre-clinical studies. It is expected that this effort will lead to a national research resource capable of successfully competing for and securing the funding required to operate a specialized research center for clinical PBRT. This FOA is designed to support solely the planning for a Research Center at a separately funded PBRT facility, and not the PBRT facility itself.  
Key Dates
Posted Date
October 17, 2013
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)
December 21, 2013 
Letter of Intent Due Date(s)
December 21, 2013
Application Due Date(s)
January 21, 2014, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

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