Native American Cancer Prevention Issues Call for Funding Proposals

For the September 2019 – August 2020 Proposal Cycle
Letter of Intent Due: Oct. 30, 2017; Proposal Deadline: Feb. 5, 2018

In order to identify one or more collaborative cancer-related research project(s), to be funded starting September 1, 2019 (pending NIH approval), the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) invites Letters of Intent from interested investigator teams. The NACP is working to define and eliminate obstacles to health equity in areas of Native American cancer incidence, mortality, survivorship, and representation. The NACP, funded by the NIH National Cancer Institute (#U54CA143924 and #U54CA143925), is an interdisciplinary and collaborative program among Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona Cancer Center, and Native American communities. Its mission is to alleviate the unequal burden of cancer among Native Americans of the Southwest through research, training and outreach programs that are collaborative with the communities they serve. The most recent guidelines for this Partnership are published in PAR-15-103 and are attached. The PAR for more recent Partnerships can also be viewed through the NIH website:

NACP GOALS – All efforts within the NACP are aimed toward the following goals:

  1. To foster and support culturally appropriate research capacity at our institutions through research projects, faculty recruitment and faculty development.
  2. To honor the culture of the Native American communities we serve by providing opportunities to integrate their values, beliefs and needs into every aspect of NACP.
  3. To increase the number of culturally competent biomedical researchers and health workers by increasing the number of Native American students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty trained in cancer prevention, cancer control, and cancer-related health care policy.

The NACP welcomes applications for collaborative basic or translational research projects addressing cancer prevention or control. Projects involving behavioral or population science are encouraged, as are projects focusing on the Navajo, Hopi, or Tohono O’odham reservation communities. All projects must be co-led by at least one investigator at NAU and at least one investigator at UACC. We seek to provide seed funding for projects that will develop to apply for future external support.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION – Proposals are due electronically by 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. One complete application package should be submitted by each pair of investigators. Applications should be submitted to Ms. Maria Jackson ( at NACP. After review by ad hoc (external) reviewers and by our Internal Advisory Committee and Program Steering Committee, proposers will receive feedback and copies of reviews in April 2018.

Proposals chosen for inclusion with our competitive renewal and subsequently approved by NCI will be funded for a project start date of Sept.1, 2019. Investigator teams awarded pilot projects would be eligible to submit proposals for full projects (described above) for the final two years of the NACP funding cycle.

Proposals not funded through NACP for a September 2019 start date will be considered for assistance in revising and submitting to NCI or other funding agencies through alternative mechanisms.

For more information locally, contact Debbie Aguirre, Administrative Associate, University of Arizona Cancer Center NACP, (520) 626-0260 or


Release Date: 
10/04/2017 - 4:15pm