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Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences


The Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences conducts basic and applied research in the behavioral, social, and population sciences, including epidemiology, biostatistics, and genetics that, independently or in combination with biomedical approaches, reduces cancer risk, incidence, morbidity, and mortality. Laboratory, clinical and population-based research, and health care are translated into cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and rehabilitation activities that cross the life span and the entire process of carcinogenesis, from primary behavioral prevention in youth, to screening, treatment, and survivorship. For additional information, please visit our home page at

A. Epidemiology and Genetics. The Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program supports research in epidemiology, biometry, genetic epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology, infectious epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, computing methodology, and multidisciplinary activities related to human cancers.

The topics of interest to the Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program (EGRP) are:

· Tools for assessment of exposures and biomarkers:

o Development of methods for measuring biomarkers of human exposure or susceptibility, and of nutritional status, and methods for monitoring changes in biomarkers for use in cancer epidemiologic studies.

o Development of new or improved devices for quantitative measurement of human exposure to environmental carcinogens for epidemiologic studies.

o Development of methods to evaluate potential cancer clusters for epidemiologic studies.

· Tools for cancer epidemiology studies:

o Development of tools to model cancer risks from environmental and occupational agents.

o Development of software for electronic capture of risk factor data for cancer epidemiologic studies.

o Build consumer-friendly risk prediction models from epidemiologic data.

o Development of software for tracking biological specimens for cancer epidemiologic studies.

o Development of software for electronic identification, screening, and recruitment of participants, especially minorities, into epidemiologic studies.

o Development of Web-based data collection or applicable bioinformatics tools for cancer epidemiology.

o Development of software or methods for rapid case ascertainment of cancers.

o Development of geographic information systems with special visualization techniques for the simultaneous assessment of environmental exposures and health outcomes.

o Development of tools using publicly available data to identify population-based controls for epidemiologic studies.

o Development of software for analysis of DNA methylation biomarkers for early detection of prostate or breast cancers with use of specimens from biorepositories.

o MicroRNA Profiling in Epidemiologic studies.

o Detection of mitochondrial DNA alterations for Cancer Epidemiologic studies.

For more information on this program please go to

B. Multimedia Technology and Health Communication in Cancer Control. Over the past few decades, advances in technology have played a key role in enhancing the quality of cancer care through improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. A driving force fostering the utilization of media technology to develop cancer communication products and their dissemination is NCI’s Multimedia Technology and Health Communication SBIR/STTR Program. The Program serves as an ‘engine of innovation’ translating cancer research into commercially viable products for primary care professionals, researchers, patients and their families, and the general public.

The objectives of this program are to (1) fund science-based, theory-driven, user-centered grants and contracts to translate cancer research into programs, interventions, systems, networks, or products needed by professionals or the public to reduce cancer risk or improve the quality of life of cancer survivors; (2) promote the use of innovative media technology and/or communication approaches in cancer prevention and control applications used in medical and community settings; (3) improve communication behaviors of primary care professions, patients, and care-givers in cancer-related matters; (4) promote organizational infrastructures changes that promote the use of products developed in the program; (5) promote the development of system models; and (6) expand the methods for evaluating ehealth research and developed products.

Investigators interested in applying for grants in this SBIR program should access: for a list of topics that address current gaps in ehealth research and that are updated during the fiscal year. This site also provides important program requirements and other SBIR information.

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