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Improving the Reach and Quality of Cancer Care in Rural Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Required)

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.393
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Letter of Intent (Optional): Dec 15, 2019
Application: Jan 15, 2020

Scientific/Research Contact:
Shobha Srinivasan, PhD

Peer Review Contact:
Referral Officer, National Cancer Institute

Financial/Grants Management Contact:
Carol Perry


The Improving the Reach and Quality of Cancer Care in Rural Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Required) program provides grants for observational and intervention research projects designed to reduce the burden of cancer and improve the quality of cancer care in rural areas among low-income and/or underserved populations.

There are 2 research priorities:

  • Observational research that includes pilot testing of intervention to understand and address predictors of cancer care/treatment and outcomes in rural low-income and/or underserved populations. The specific focus is understanding and addressing the predictive and mediating role of social determinants of health, barriers to care, and treatment.
  • Intervention research to address known predictors of cancer care/treatment and outcomes in rural low-income and/or underserved populations. The focus for interventional research is on addressing quality of care related to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and/or survivorship by targeting predictive or mediating factors.

Applications could cover a range of activities that contribute to cancer care delivery and treatment challenges in rural populations, including, but not limited to:

  • Barriers to accessing health services
  • Evaluation of natural experiments, programs, and policies to improve care and access to treatment services in rural areas that may interact with the implementation of the intervention and potentially influence effectiveness
  • The role of social determinants of health
  • Limitations in information technology that may limit access to patient portals, telehealth, or other proposed strategies to improve patient-provider communication and care in rural communities
  • IT-enabled, team-based care delivery models that could improve the delivery of guideline-concordant, high-quality cancer care among rural populations
  • Interventions designed to improve primary/specialty collaborative care to enhance the dissemination of state of the art cancer care and follow-up

The National Institutes of Health encourages collaboration among researchers from the cancer control research community and research communities that are less likely to be involved in such research, including demographers, geographers, transportation researchers, economists, and sociologists who have demonstrated experience working on urban-rural differences in factors potentially relevant to cancer care and delivery.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Higher education institutions
    • Public/state controlled institutions
    • Private institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations
    • With 501(c)(3) status
    • Without 501(c)(3) status
    • Native American tribal organizations
    • Faith-based or community-based organizations
    • Regional organizations
  • Governments
    • State
    • County
    • City or township
    • Special districts
    • Federally recognized Indian/Native American tribal governments
    • Indian/Native American tribal governments (other than federally recognized)
    • Eligible agencies of the federal government
    • U.S. territory or possession
  • Other
    • Independent school districts
    • Public housing authorities
    • Indian housing authorities
    • Non-domestic entities
    • Small businesses
    • For-profit organizations
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling:

  • $400,000 per year for observational research that includes pilot testing
  • $500,000 per year for intervention projects
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 4-6
Estimated total program funding: $3,000,000
Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through

While not required, a letter of intent is encouraged. Email the letter of intent to Dr. Shobha Srinivasan at least 30 days before submission.

Tagged as
Access · Cancer · Care coordination · Health disparities · Healthcare quality · Research methods and resources · Rural-urban differences · Service delivery models · Social determinants of health · Technology for health and human services · Telehealth

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