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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Telehealth in Cancer Care

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Mar 8, 2024

Gurvaneet Randhawa, MD, MPH

Kelly Blake, ScD


The National Cancer Institute published this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for research on the use of telehealth in cancer-related care, with a focus on populations that experience inequities in access to care and have worse cancer outcomes compared to the general population.

Examples of research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The effectiveness of telehealth for primary and secondary cancer prevention such as counseling for tobacco, alcohol, physical activity, diet, HPV vaccination, and mental health
  • The effectiveness of telehealth interventions aiming to increase cancer screening rates, improve the accuracy and timeliness of cancer diagnoses, and initiate appropriate cancer treatment
  • The effectiveness of telehealth in improving treatment and management of cancer and/or the provision of palliative care
  • The use of telehealth to support cancer survivors, including surveillance for adverse effects of cancer treatments, recurrence of cancer, and treatment of co-morbidities
  • The impact of telehealth on patient, family, and caregiver experiences with care and quality of life in the context of cancer care
  • The quality and effectiveness of telehealth interactions in promoting patient-centered communication
  • Understand the tasks, and the time and cognitive burden of performing the tasks, imposed by the telehealth interactions on patients and their caregivers
  • The effectiveness of telehealth in improving communication and coordination of oncology care, including communication and coordination between oncology care and primary care providers
  • Understand the clinical workflow and the cognitive and other burdens imposed by current clinical information technology systems on providers in their telehealth-related interactions
  • Understand how organizational policies, clinical team interactions, and the configuration of IT systems influence the clinical workflow and delivery of telehealth
  • Examine the cost effectiveness of telehealth in cancer-related care

National Cancer Institute encourages research on populations that experience inequities in access to care, have limited access to broadband and digital technologies, have low health and/or digital literacy, and have worse cancer outcomes compared to the general population, especially those accessing care in community oncology practices, including those in rural areas or those serving under-served populations.


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
    • Small businesses
    • For-profit organizations
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Award amounts are determined by the guidelines of the specific related opportunity.

Application process

This is a NOSI that is attached to related NIH announcements:

Applicants should submit proposals to the appropriate related announcement and indicate that it is a response to the NOSI.

Investigators planning to submit an application are strongly encouraged to contact and discuss their proposed research with program staff well in advance of the anticipated submission date to better determine appropriateness and interest.

Tagged as
Cancer · Health disparities · Research methods and resources · Telehealth

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