Funding for Pilot Projects: March 15
Research Related to Cancer Communication
The Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research (CECCR) at Penn is a new NCI-funded initiative supporting collaborative research among scientists in the Annenberg School for Communication, the Abramson Cancer Center, and other Penn schools. The CECCR—the Effects of Public Information on Cancer (EPIC) Center—is focused on how people make sense of the complex public information environment and how such information affects the behavioral choices people make relevant to cancer.
The CECCR is offering developmental funding for one-year pilot projects (up to $15,000 per project) for cancer communication research. Proposals may be submitted in any area of cancer communication research consistent with the focus of the EPIC Center. Examples include: cancer-related message development and evaluation, information-seeking and processing, communication processes, cancer risk communication, effects of public communication, including mass media or news media, internet and other new media and advertising/marketing on cancer-related decision-making. Proposals to study interpersonal health communication (including patient-provider communication) are also eligible if examined in the context of public information. These funds are primarily intended to support pilot studies that will generate data for R21 or RO1 proposals to NIH and/or projects that may be included in the competitive renewal of the CECCR grant. However projects that will stand alone but are very likely to result in refereed journal publications are also eligible.
Proposals should be submitted no later than March 15, 2005. Following review by a multi-disciplinary committee, meritorious proposals will be funded in June, 2005. Investigators interested in applying for funds should review the requirements and instructions below:
• Penn faculty members of all disciplines and ranks are eligible. Collaborative multi-disciplinary proposals are of special interest.
• Post-doctoral fellows are eligible, but such applications must include a faculty co-investigator.
• Proposals should be 3-5 pages in length and should use an abbreviated NIH format: Specific Aims, Significance, Preliminary Data (optional), and Methods. Details regarding plans for submission of R21 or RO1 grants based on the proposed pilot study, or for stand alone publication must be included.
• A budget and brief justification should be included. One-time awards of up to $15,000 will be made, and funds can be used over a 1-year period. Funds are to be used for research staff, supplies, and other expenses. Funds can not be applied to cover faculty or fellow salaries.
• Up to four proposals will be funded following an internal peer-review process.
• Proposals should be submitted no later than March 15 to Megan Kasimatis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Megan Kasimatis at the Annenberg School for questions about the CECCR. Questions about pilot project proposals can be directed to Caryn Lerman, at email@example.com.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 18, January 25, 2005