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ITCR Collaborative Set-Aside Funds

The Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Program uses set aside funds to stimulate collaborations among informatics tools developers and between developers and end-users. Set aside funds correspond to 10 percent of the annual budget of each ITCR Cooperative Agreement (U01 or U24) beginning in Year 2 of the award. These funds are dedicated for collaborative activities that advance the integration, adoption, and/or interoperability of ITCR-supported technologies.

Proposals for collaborative studies using set aside funds must be submitted for review before the funds can be used. The ITCR Steering Committee (SC), composed of six ITCR investigators and the ITCR program coordinator, was established for the purpose of reviewing these proposals. The SC meets on a quarterly basis. Collaborative proposals are due to the ITCR program coordinator (Juli Klemm at, the Program Official for the award, and the SC Executive Secretary (Kelly Crotty at one month before the meeting.

Instructions on how to prepare and submit a collaborative proposal and details about the review process can be found in the Guidelines for Set Aside Funds. It may also be useful to read the Set Aside Review Form that guides reviewers' comments.

Due dates and SC meeting schedule:

  • Proposals are due by June 24, 2024 for review at the July 2024 meeting.
  • Proposals are due by September 23, 2024 for review at the October 2024 meeting.

These dates will be updated as future meetings are scheduled.