Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NIH Community Networks Program (CNP) - Centers for Reducing Cancer Disparities Through Outreach, Research and Training (U54)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications for Community Networks Program (CNP) - Centers for Reducing Cancer Disparities Through Outreach, Research and Training (U54). The Community Networks Program (CNP) is designed to address the cancer burden in racial/ethnic minorities and other underserved populations by using Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Applications are sought for CNP Centers that will utilize the CBPR approach to reduce specific cancer disparities through a combination of outreach, research, and training. The goal of the CNP Centers is to increase knowledge of, access to, and utilization of beneficial biomedical and behavioral procedures related to cancer in areas ranging from prevention to early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. In this CNP issuance, a particular emphasis is on high-quality intervention research involving controlled and rigorous studies. Applicant teams must be based on established partnerships between academic institution(s) and targeted community entities/community-serving healthcare organizations. The partnering community components are expected to contribute substantially to the design of the center programs proposed in the applications. The proposed centers may involve a "headquarters" site and additional locations in different geographic areas. A center with headquarters and at least four additional sites in defined geographic areas is referred to as a "National Center." Other centers, referred to as "Regional Centers," must be composed of a headquarters and two to three additional sites in defined geographical areas. This funding opportunity is open to all qualified applicants regardless of whether or not they participated in the previous CNP issuance. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) anticipates holding a pre-application meeting on October 22nd to which all interested prospective applicants are invited.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2009.  Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) the targeted community and their needs, 2) a description of the proposed outreach program, 3) a description of the proposed research program, and 4) training plans.


Total costs requested for a Regional Center may not exceed $900,000 in the first year. Total costs requested or awarded for a National Center may not exceed $1.5 million in the first year. For both types of centers, funding may be requested for five-year periods. Cost sharing is not required.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, November 13, 2009

Pre-application Meeting:

October 22, 2009 at the NIH Main campus in the Natcher Building (Bldg. 45), Room E1/E2 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (EST). The meeting also will be videocast ( with an opportunity for internet viewers to submit questions by e-mail ( before and during the pre-application meeting. Updates and further details about the meeting will be available at

Sponsor Deadlines:

Optional letter of intent due November 15, 2009. Proposal deadline is December 15, 2009.


URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

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