Projects include: (1) Smoking Prevention - Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers (TTURCs); (2) Energy Balance - Diet, Weight and Physical Activity research; (3) Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer; (4) Special Populations - Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities; (5) Community Clinical Oncology Program; (6) Early Detection - Prostate, Lung, Colon, Ovarian Cancer Trial (PLCO) and the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST); (7) Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial for Prostate Cancer (SELECT); and (8) Early Detection Research Network; (9) Community Networks To Reduce Cancer Health Disparities - Center To Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.
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In fiscal year 2007, of 97 competing applications, 49 were funded for 51 percent; 209 total competing and noncompeting awards were made. It is estimated that 202 total awards will be made in fiscal year 2008 and 215 total awards are estimated for fiscal year 2009.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Grants and cooperative agreements may be made to eligible institutions for the support of cancer research projects.
The grants and cooperative agreements may be used for personnel, consultant costs, equipment, supplies, travel, patient costs, animals, alterations and renovations, miscellaneous items, and indirect costs.
Restrictions are imposed against the use of funds for entertainment, foreign travel (unless specifically authorized), office equipment, and other items not normally necessary for the effective prosecution of such research.
SBIR Phase I grants (of approximately 6- months' duration) are to establish the technical merit and feasibility of a proposed research effort that may lead to commercial product or process.
Phase II grants are for the continuation of the research initiated in Phase I, and that are likely to result in commercial products or processes.
Only Phase I awardees are eligible to apply for Phase II support.
STTR Phase I grants (normally of 1-year duration) are to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed cooperative effort that has potential for commercial application.
Phase II funding is based on results of research initiated in Phase I and scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of Phase II application.
The SBIR Fast-Track Initiative provides additional assistance to applicants by expediting the decision and award of SBIR Phase II funding for scientifically meritorious applications for projects that have a high potential for commercialization.
Fast-Track is a parallel review option whereby Phase I and Phase II projects are reviewed concurrently with the aim of reducing or eliminating the funding gap between Phase I and Phase II.