Frequently Asked Questions About the ITCR Program
Listed below are some examples that are relevant to all four funding mechanisms of the ITCR Program.
- experiment design and execution
- data collection
- data processing and analysis
- data quality assessment
- data integration
- data presentation and visualization
- text mining and natural language processing
- data compression, storage, organization, transmission
In addition, please refer to the Specific Research Objectives in Section I of the Funding Opportunity Announcements for additional examples specific to each mechanism. These are not exhaustive lists; other informatics technologies might also be of interest to NCI. Please refer to the Program Contact listed on this website to discuss.
Choose PAR-15-334 (R21) if you are a computational scientist and want to develop a novel algorithm or method with the potential for significant value to cancer research.
Choose PAR-15-332 (U01) if you are a computational scientist and want to collaborate with multiple cancer researchers in the development of new informatics technologies for cancer research.
Choose PAR-15-331 (U24) if you are a computational scientist and want to further develop an existing informatics technology for enhanced functionality and utility and for broader impact in cancer research.
Choose PAR-15-333 (U24) if you have developed an informatics technology resource has made a demonstrated impact on cancer research and require support to sustain this resource.
No, your existing technology does not have to be supported by NCI to apply for any of the U awards.
NIH intramural investigators are eligible to apply as co-investigators or collaborators without funds requested for their components.
Commercial organizations, including small businesses with strong capabilities in informatics research and development, can submit proposals in response to the program's funding opportunity announcements. Public-private collaboration in informatics technology development and dissemination is encouraged.
Yes, foreign institutions may apply to all of the mechanisms. See NOT-CA-16-045 and NOT-CA-16-044.
No. Only code developed with ITCR support is expected to be released as described in the funding announcement.
The Research Strategy section is limited to 6 pages for the R21 FOA and 12 pages for the U01 and U24 FOAs.
Please contact Juli Klemm, juli.klemm [at] nih.gov.
In general, the scope of work should be limited to informatics technology development. However, small scale, validation studies may be proposed.
SEP members are selected based on the topic areas represented for each round of applications received. The tentative roster is available here at approximately 6-8 weeks after the receipt date.
As stated the Funding Opportunity Announcement for PAR-15-333:
Applicants requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year (excluding consortium F&A) must contact a Scientific/ Research Contact at least 6 weeks before submitting the application and follow the Policy on the Acceptance for Review of Unsolicited Applications that Request $500,000 or More in Direct Costs as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.
The following will need to be submitted to the Scientific/Research Contact:
- A letter requesting approval to submit a grant application in which the subtotal direct costs equal or exceed $500,000 in any year. The letter should also include the following details:
- Grant application title. If the ARA is for a resubmission, please include the grant number.
- Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Please include the FOA number.
- Scientific Impact. Brief discussion of the potential impact on the related field of research.
- Budget. Subtotal direct costs and total costs for each year.
- Tip: Do not include subcontract facilities and administrative (F&A) expenses in the subtotal direct cost calculations for the ARA. View the NIH policy on applications that include consortium and contractual facilities and administrative costs.
- Cost-Reduction Measures. Explanation of why the subtotal direct costs per year equal or exceed $500,000, and what cost-reduction measures are being applied to the proposed study (e.g., how you are trying to maximize the cost-effectiveness of the research).
- Draft budget pages with budget justification. Note:
- The PHS398 or SF424 budget page template should be used. View NIH forms and applications.
- Subtotal direct costs, total direct costs, and total costs are required for all years proposed.
- It is not necessary to have institutional sign-off at this point.
- Abstract and specific aims, and project timeline, preferably in a Microsoft Word format.