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Current Other NCI & NIH InitiativesRSS

This page lists current other NCI and NIH cancer imaging initiatives, including grant mechanisms where industry is encouraged to apply.

For information about the funding process, go to Mechanisms or Guidelines.

The NCI's Division of Extramural Activities provides information about newly approved concepts, which may become RFAs and PAs. Check the Concepts Cleared at the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors Meeting web site for the earliest possible information about future initiatives.

  • Revisions for Early-Stage Development of Informatics Technology (R01)

    • Release Date: September 20, 2012
    • Application Receipt Date: January 22, 2013, June 18, 2013, November 18, 2013, June 18, 2014, November 18, 2014, June 18, 2015, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
    • Expiration Date: June 19, 2015
    • Contacts:

      Jiayin (Jerry) Li, M.D., Ph.D.; Phone: 240-276-6210; Email:

      For contact information for specific areas, please consult the FOA for the complete list.

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage revision applications (formerly called "competing revisions") from currently funded NCI R01 and R37 (MERIT) research projects for early-stage development of enabling informatics technologies to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge. As a component of the NCI's Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Initiative, this FOA aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in the development of innovative computational methods and informatics approaches that are essential for cancer research on all fronts to accelerate scientific discovery and ultimately translate data into knowledge and clinical practice. Applications that focus on data processing and analysis or mathematical/statistical modeling alone without new technology development are not appropriate for this FOA.

    Earliest submission date: December 22, 2012

  • PAR-12-145: NCI Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (NCI Omnibus R21)

    • Release Date: March 29, 2012
    • Application Receipt Date: Earliest submission date May 16, 2012.
    • Expiration Date: September 8, 2015
    • Contacts:

      For this FOA, please see for Scientific/Research Contacts at NCI.

    Purpose: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) funding opportunity supports the development of new research activities in all areas of cancer research. The R21 mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of cancer research (biomedical, behavioral, or clinical).