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NCI to Issue Cancer Modeling Grants

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Cancer Institute plans to reissue a request for applications for research into cancer modeling and control interventions such as screening, treatment, and prevention, how they are used and how effective they are.

These research efforts may include studies using genomics and family histories, biomarker studies, diagnostics, and other areas.

NCI plans to re-issue the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network call for applications sometime in June, and expects applications to be due in the fall of 2009.

The CISNET program will have $5.4 million set aside for the first year, and $6 million per year in years two to five.

NCI expects that the awards will be capped at around $1.3 million in the first year, but many applicants with fewer modeling groups may be expected to propose budgets considerably less than that, although increases will be allowable for years two to five.

Because of a requirement in the grant program that researchers should conduct cross-model comparisons and coverage of a range of cancer control issues, NCI expects that each award will support between two and five modeling groups working together.

These research programs could involve multi-scale and upstream modeling, incorporating genomic and family history risk profiles; evaluating diagnostic tests; optimizing biomarker development strategies; interactive policy-level decision making tools; translation of trial results into clinical guidelines and public health policy, and others.