Question 1: Please send me the link to the mentioned worksheet as it is not listed on the NCORP site. The RFA says that Applicants may visit the NCORP website at http://prevention.cancer.gov/ncorp for a worksheet that may help them complete the application budget section.
Question 2: The eligibility provisions of the NCORP FOA indicate below that sites of Clinical Trials Cooperative Groups or NCTN Group Operations Centers are appropriate leading institutions to apply to be an NCORP Research Base. Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) is the home of SWOG and will be the recipient of the new NCTN grant beginning in March 2014. SWOG’s NCORP application will come through OHSU. However the provisions below also state that clinical sites for the NCI Clinical Trials Cooperative Groups are not eligible to apply. We are not certain what this restriction means. OHSU is the home of SWOG but it is also a SWOG participating site. We assume that this will not be a problem in regards to our NCORP application. Could you confirm that such is the case?
Question 3: Do you know how long the online NCORP Question Form will be available? Will it be available up until the webinar date of Nov 25th?
Question 4: In the Progress Report section, what about length and placement within Research Plan numbering scheme? Also, what about page limits?
Question 5: Within the RFA, the following sections appear grouped under Sub-section F, but typically they were separate sections: Protection of Human Subjects; Targeted/Planned Enrollment Table; Letters of Support; and Resource Sharing Plan. Are these separate sections?
Question 6: Will the questions answered at the webinar be listed anywhere on the web before the grant is due?
Question 7: Do we need to submit projected accrual by site or will that be a just-in-time item once the NCORP participating sites have been identified?
Question 8: Does the NCI have plans for a cancer care delivery data warehouse?
Question 9: Under the Cancer Prevention and Control section there is a section Scientific Committees. Is it recommended that we have subcommittees of CPC to direct areas of emphasis such as palliative care/supportive care; elderly cancer care, translational science of symptoms, etc.
Question 10: If cooperative group treatment trials include Patient Reported Outcomes to address cancer care delivery (CCDR) questions, can these trials be listed as an example of CCDR research in Table 5?
Question 11: Do Research Base applicants have to be NCI-designated cancer centers as was true in the past?
Question 12: The last time our cancer center Research Base grant was reviewed, the reviewers reviewed us as if we were a cooperative group Research Base not a cancer center Research Base, which significantly reduced our score. Will someone from DCP be present at review to instruct reviewers of difference between cancer center and cooperative group Research Bases?
Question 13: Do specific studies need to be listed within the research strategy or rather do we describe overarching research direction priorities and capabilities?
Question 14: If only a broad description is required, would applicants take the same approach for Sub-Section C (Statistical Analysis for Clinical Trials) and describe only a general approach to statistical design and analysis?
Question 15: Since we will not know at the time of application submission which sites will be funded as NCORP community or NCORP minority underserved community site how should we estimate accrual by institution members with a per case management algorithm? Should we estimate total accrual by members with the plan to back out the community sites once they are known?
Question 16: Can an investigator be a co-Principal Investigator (PI) on a NCORP grant given that he is the PI on a lead academic participating site U10 proposal?
Question 17: How many multiple PIs are allowed?
Question 18: How does the Division of Cancer Prevention envision that payer networks or insurance companies will be incorporated into cancer care delivery research plans? Would these be considered consortium contractual arrangements?
Question 19: Should our Research Base application include copies of all affiliation agreements and/or letters of support from our Community and MB-NCORP Sites? And if so, in what section? Appendices?
The RFA, in Section IV, # 2, under Budget for Entire Period, states, "NCORP Research Base affiliation agreements MUST be included." But this is not reiterated or mentioned in the NCORP Program Guidelines. Should we include a list of our sites, and one copy of our standard affiliation agreement, and confirm that all of our Community & MB-NCORP Sites have signed one of these?
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