The Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE)

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The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) CURE program offers unique training and career development opportunities to enhance and increase diversity in the cancer and cancer health disparities research workforce. The CURE program supports promising candidates from middle school through junior investigator levels, and provides them with a continuum of competitive funding opportunities.

What CURE Does

Young Woman Writing in the Lab

The CURE-funded training opportunities are designed to:

  • Support middle school, high school, and undergraduate students interested in cancer and cancer health disparities research to enter the research field, work directly with scientists and community leaders, gain laboratory experience, and develop research skills.
  • Assist graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. degree, combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or other formally combined health professional degree and research doctoral degree to obtain funding for cancer or cancer health disparities research.
  • Facilitate the transition of postdoctoral scholars pursuing a career in cancer and cancer health disparities research into becoming funded investigators.
  • Support junior investigators working in cancer and cancer health disparities research who are seeking research opportunities in biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences that lead to research independence.

What CURE Offers

CRCHD provides extensive funding opportunities for training and career development in cancer research, training, education, and outreach. CRCHD offers funding for the training of middle school, high school, undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, post-master, postdoctoral, and junior investigators across the country. Students and researchers are supported at all stages of their education and career to ensure a full continuum of training and career development opportunities. Learn about cancer training at NCI.

Middle School, High School & Undergraduate

  • Research Education Programs (R25s)
  • Diversity Research Supplements (PA-16-288)

Predoctoral/Graduate

  • Diversity Research Supplements (PA-16-288)
  • National Research Service Awards (NRSA) (F31)

Postdoctoral

Investigator

Title & CRCHD Contact Eligibility Due Date & Purpose

Diversity Research Supplements (PA-16-288)

Diversity Supplements Guidelines

NEW: Revision: Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

Dr. Alison Lin
(240) 276-6177

Dr. Elena Schwartz
(240) 276-6301

Email: CUREsupplements@nih.gov

  • High School
  • Undergraduates
  • Graduates
  • Post-Baccalaureates
  • Post-Masters
  • Postdoctorals
  • Junior Investigators

Accepted: October 1–December 1, February 1–March 30

Recruit and provide support to students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from groups underrepresented in cancer and cancer health disparities research.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31)

NEW: Additional Guidance on ‘Full-Time Training’ for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards

Dr. Nicole McNeil Ford
(240) 276-6674

  • Graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree

Due Date: December 8, April 8, August 8

Provides up to five years of support for research training leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, or up to six years of support for a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences. This fellowship enhances the diversity of the health-related workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from underrepresented population groups in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce.

Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (PA-16-289)

Re-Entry Supplements Guidelines

Dr. Alison Lin
(240) 276-6177
CUREsupplements@nih.gov

  • Individuals who were in a postdoctoral or faculty position at the time they left active research and/or have doctoral degrees, such as M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., O.D., D.V.M., or the equivalent.

Accepted: October 1-December 1; February 1-March 30

Supports individuals to reenter an active biomedical and behavioral research career after taking time off to care for children or parents, or to attend to other family responsibilities.

Updated: NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Dr. Abigail Soyombo
(240) 276-6553

  • Postdoctoral
  • Investigators

Due Date: October 12, February 12, June 12

Provides support for intensive research career development over a duration of 3, 4, or 5 years under the guidance of an experienced mentor in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Available for individuals that have a research or health professional doctoral degree and are from underrepresented groups in health-related research. This unique award provides the opportunity for recipients to participate in peer-review workshops at the NCI throughout the duration of the award.

This FOA is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary study to a clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. Applicants proposing a clinical trial or an ancillary study to an ongoing clinical trial as lead investigator, should apply to the companion FOA (PAR-18-365).

Updated: NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01 Clinical Trial Required)

Dr. Abigail Soyombo
(240) 276-6553

  • Postdoctoral
  • Investigators

Due Date: October 12, February 12, June 12

Provides support for intensive research career development over a duration of 3, 4, or 5 years under the guidance of an experienced mentor in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Available for individuals that have a research or health professional doctoral degree and are from underrepresented groups in health-related research. This unique award provides the opportunity for recipients to participate in peer-review workshops at the NCI throughout the duration of the award.

This FOA is designed specifically for applicants proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary study to an existing trial, as part of their research and career development. Applicants not planning an independent clinical trial, or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, must apply to the companion FOA (PAR-18-364).

Updated: NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08 No Independent Clinical Trials)

Dr. John Ojeifo
(240) 276-6186

  • Postdoctoral
  • Investigators

Due Date: October 12, February 12, June 12

Provides support and protected time for intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of basic, clinical, behavioral, translational, or patient-oriented cancer research, including research on cancer health disparities. This award is specifically designed for individuals with a clinical doctoral degree or a health professional doctoral degree who are from populations underrepresented in health-related science.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary study to a clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. Applicants proposing a clinical trial or an ancillary study to an ongoing clinical trial as lead investigator, should apply to the companion FOA (PAR-18-336).

Updated: NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08 Clinical Trial Required)

Dr. John Ojeifo
(240) 276-6186

  • Postdoctoral
  • Investigators

Due Date: October 12, February 12, June 12

Provides support and protected time for intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of basic, clinical, behavioral, translational, or patient-oriented cancer research, including research on cancer health disparities. This award is specifically designed for individuals with a clinical doctoral degree or a health professional doctoral degree who are from populations underrepresented in health-related science.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary study to an existing trial, as part of their research and career development. Applicants not planning an independent clinical trial, or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, must apply to companion FOA (PAR-18-337).

Updated: NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22 No Independent Clinical Trials)

Dr. Abigail Soyombo
(240) 276-6553

  • Postdoctoral
  • Investigators

Due Date: October 12, February 12, June 12

Assists postdoctoral fellows or individuals in equivalent positions who are from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and/or social sciences to transition to positions of assistant professor or equivalent and initiate a successful biomedical career as an independent research scientist.

This FOA is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary study to a clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator. Applicants proposing a clinical trial or an ancillary study to an ongoing clinical trial as lead investigator, should apply to the companion FOA (PAR-18-367).

Updated: NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22 Clinical Trial Required)

Dr. Abigail Soyombo
(240) 276-6553

  • Postdoctoral
  • Investigators

Due Date: October 12, February 12, June 12

Assists postdoctoral fellows or individuals in equivalent positions who are from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and/or social sciences to transition to positions of assistant professor or equivalent and initiate a successful biomedical career as an independent research scientist.

This FOA is designed specifically for applicants proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary study to an existing trial, as part of their research and career development. Applicants not planning an independent clinical trial, or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, must apply to companion FOA (PAR-18-366).

NEW: Notice of Termination of PAR-16-399 "Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K23)"

Dr. John Ojeifo
(240) 276-6186

 

 

Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21)

Dr. Abigail Soyombo
(240) 276-6553

  • Investigators

Due Date: November 30, June 22

Supports eligible investigators from underrepresented groups to conduct research projects focused on the basic biology of cancer.

CURE Opportunities for Institutions

Title & CRCHD Contact Participants Purpose

Cancer Research Education Grants Program to Promote Diversity - Research Experiences (R25)

Dr. Elena Schwartz
(240) 276-6301

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Medical, dental and other health professional students
  • Health care providers
  • Biomedical researchers

Due Dates: January 25, May 25

Improves research workforce diversity by supporting creative educational activities that involve an innovative approach to provide hands-on exposure to cancer research in a laboratory or a field setting.

Cancer Research Education Grants Program to Promote Diversity - Courses for Skills Development (R25)

Dr. Elena Schwartz
(240) 276-6301

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Medical, dental and other health professional students
  • Health care providers
  • Biomedical researchers

Due Dates: January 25, May 25

Improves research workforce diversity by supporting educational activities that complement other formal training programs and provide innovative, state-of-the-art, evidence-based cancer education. 

Youth Enjoy Science (YES) Research Education Program (R25)

Dr. Alison Lin
(240) 276-6177

  • Grades 6-12 students
  • Undergraduate students
  • Grades 6-12 teachers
  • Undergraduate faculty

Due Dates: January 25, May 25, September 25

Supports efforts to create and maintain an institutional program to engage underrepresented grades 6–12 and/or undergraduate students, teachers, and faculty in cutting edge cancer research experiences.

Other Opportunities

Title & CRCHD Contact Eligibility Purpose

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)- HBCU Faculty in the Field of Cancer

ncicrchd@mail.nih.gov
(240) 276-6170
  • Faculty from historically black colleges and universities

Increase the scientific knowledge base and participation of faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in cancer research. This award will provide travel and subsistence funds to support the attendance of meritorious faculty members from eligible institutions at annual meetings or special conferences on more focused scientific topics of the AACR.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)- Young Minority Scientists in the Field of Cancer

ncicrchd@mail.nih.gov
(240) 276-6170

  • Undergraduates
  • Predoctoral
  • Postdoctoral
  • Investigators
Supports students, faculty researchers and young physicians from underrepresented backgrounds to attend the national meetings of the AACR and participate in stimulating exchange of cancer research methods and experimental approaches. The Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award covers fees associated with registration, transportation, meals and lodging.

Minority Biomedical Research Support of Continuous Research Excellence (MBRS-SCORE)

Dr. Behrous Davani
(240) 276-6098

  • Faculty and students at minority-serving institutions
Increase the research competitiveness of faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and the research capabilities of these institutions. The initiative provides expanded funding opportunities for faculty at MSIs and funding for biomedical research training opportunities for students at these institutions.

PACHE Opportunities for Institutions

Title & CRCHD Contact Eligibility Due Date & Purpose

Feasibility Studies for Collaborative Interaction for Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (P20)

Dr. Behrous Davani
(240) 276-6098

 

  • Minority-serving institutions
  • NCI-designated cancer centers
  • Institutions with organized cancer programs
  • Faculty and students at participating institutions

Due Date: March 18, 2016, January 27, 2017, and January 29, 2018

Help researchers and faculty at MSIs and the researchers and faculty at NCI-designated Cancer Centers (and similar institutions) to collaborate, plan, and implement new approaches in cancer research, cancer training, or cancer education. 

Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (CPACHE) (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)

Dr. John Ojeifo
(240) 276-6186

  • Minority-serving institutions
  • NCI-designated cancer centers
  • Institutions with organized cancer programs
  • Faculty and students at participating institutions

Due Date: January 26, 2018, January 9, 2019, January 9, 2020

Supports and recruits students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that are underrepresented in cancer and cancer health disparities research.

CURE Resources

The CURE Paradigm: Enhancing Workforce Diversity

Learn more about the CURE program in this comprehensive monograph which has a special forward from CRCHD Director Dr. Sanya Springfield. Download the PDF

The CURE Infographic

Discover more about the details of who is eligible for the CURE program and the amazing benefits it provides. Download the PDF. 

  • Updated: November 27, 2017