New opportunities in cancer and cancer health disparities research!

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Good morning, GMaP Region 3...

As we all adjust to the challenges of our present lives in the shadow of the novel coronavirus, we can take comfort in the knowledge that we are all in this together. Hospital and emergency care leadership, physicians, and staff are working hard to provide patient care, while identifying strategies to address virus spread and health service limitations. Cancer centers are busy putting emergency measures in place to ensure that patients, caregivers and families are safe. 

For those of us unaffected by clinical duties, the disruption to our daily lives is difficult as well. Dr. Mike Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, released this brief video earlier today on flexibilities for applicants and recipients of NIH funding in light of coronavirus. If your are an NIH funded researcher or potential applicant, affected by work and social changes brought about by this pandemic, please take a moment to watch at:

We also want to make sure that we continue to get relevant information to you while you are working remotely. Today, we bring several career, grant mentorship and funding opportunities. Please take a moment to view this in your browser so that you can read it to the end.


Professional Development Opportunities!

  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health -- New!
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center - Faculty Positions in Cancer Population Sciences, Open Rank -- New!
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Washington University Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control, Brown School and the Division of Public Health Sciences  -- New!
  • Assistant, Associate and Full Professor Appointments in the Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University -- New!

Training Opportunity!

  • National Research Mentors Network (NRMN) - Opportunity to receive expert advice, feedback and support from an intensive grant writing coaching group - New!

Funding Opportunity!

  • Department of Defense
    • Prostate Cancer Research Grants - New!
    • Ovarian Cancer Research Grants - New!
    • Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Grants - New!

Professional Development ...

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center - Faculty Positions in Cancer Population Sciences, Open Rank

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is recruiting candidates for three institutionally-supported faculty positions in its Population Sciences Program to develop cutting edge research programs that improve the health of patients and communities. The faculty members will join a diverse team of population scientists to drive innovative research across the spectrum of cancer population sciences with emphasis on advancing health equity in a broad range of high-impact scientific areas.  Successful candidates will leverage the extensive resources of the three-site Mayo Clinic Cancer Center (Rochester, MN, Scottsdale, AZ and Jacksonville, FL) and develop effective community outreach programs, including projects to reduce health care disparities.  The Population Sciences Program spans three overarching themes:  (1) Cancer risk factors and biomarkers; (2) Primary and secondary cancer prevention; and (3) Survivorship and health care delivery/health equity. Appointments will include substantial, long-term research support, including a highly competitive compensation package, technical and computational resources, and exceptional benefits. Academic rank, salary, and start-up package will be commensurate with experience.  Mayo Clinic is renowned for its extensive resources that support population sciences research and for its highly accomplished faculty with a breadth of expertise in cancer research. Applicants can consult the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center website to gain knowledge about the Cancer Center’s resources in order to propose complementary programs that leverage existing strengths and expand vistas for advances in population science research. It is anticipated that faculty will work closely with the newly formed Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research, which has substantial infrastructure built in the community, in order to apply scientific findings to improve care in our local communities. 
Qualifications: The successful candidates are expected to possess a doctoral level degree in a relevant discipline, and demonstrated expertise in cancer population sciences. Candidates will possess strong skills in experimental and/or observational designs, intervention research, and content knowledge of cancer control. Expertise and accomplishments related to program building, including epidemiological field work, community outreach and minority health is preferred. A commitment to multidisciplinary team science, pursuing extramural funding, and publishing/dissemination of research findings is essential.
Please apply through:
Reference posting 130555BR for Minnesota, 130556BR for Arizona, and 130557BR for Florida.
Specific questions related to the position should be directed to: Gloria M. Petersen, PhD, Search Committee Chair; C/o Jennifer Schilbe, Recruiter

Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Washington University Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control

The Brown School and the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and Siteman Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, are seeking applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Washington University Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control (WU-ISCCC). WU-ISCCC conducts implementation science research to eliminate cancer disparities in rural and other underserved communities. The overall goal of the WU-ISCCC is to build a rigorous, scientific evidence base for rapid-cycle implementation research to increase the reach, external validity, and sustainability of effective cancer control interventions.
A strong mentoring and career development program is in place at the WU- ISCCC, with a track record of successfully placing trainees in exciting positions. Faculty in the WU-ISCCC conduct world-leading research, education and outreach to prevent cancer, promote population health, and improve quality and access to health care in Missouri and Illinois.
Current postdoctoral openings address methods development and applications in Implementation Science. However, all applications will be considered. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
Eligibility: PhD, DrPH, MD, or other doctoral degree in a public health related discipline, or a doctoral degree in another discipline with an interest in transitioning to implementation science research focused on cancer prevention and control.
To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and professional reference list by email to Dr. Ross Brownson at and Dr. Graham Colditz at

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor Appointments in the Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

The Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences (BSHES), Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, seeks forward-looking scholars for tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor appointments. View the full job posting online:

Postdoctoral Researcher in Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Informatics

Seeking a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to collaborate on cancer epidemiology research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Informatics under the direction of Dr. Anne Marie McCarthy. Projects will cover topic areas including breast cancer risk prediction, integration of genetics into breast cancer prevention, evaluation of novel biomarkers of breast cancer risk, personalized screening, and racial disparities in breast cancer. The position is for 2 years, with flexible start date.
Ph.D. in epidemiology or biostatistics or a related field. Knowledge and experience with cancer and/or genetic epidemiologic research, a strong publication record, excellent communication, presentation and writing skills. Interested candidates should send a CV, list of publications, writing sample, and cover letter via email.
Anne Marie McCarthy, ScM PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics (DBEI)
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
833 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021 | 215-898-9294



Department of Defense (DoD) Research Grants

A message to notify the research community of recently released pre-announcements for the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Department of Defense (DoD) Prostate Cancer Research Program managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
Prostate Cancer Research Program
  •          Early Investigator Research Award
  •          Physician Research Award
  •          Idea Development Award
  •          Health Disparity Research Award
  •          Translational Science Award
  •          Clinical Trial Award
  •          Population Science and Outcomes Research Award
  •          Clinical Consortium Award
  •          Prostate Cancer Pathology Resource Network Award
Descriptions of each of the anticipated funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the pre-announcement.  FY20 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at

Notification to the research community of the recently released Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DoD) Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) and Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) being managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). 
Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)
Clinical Translational Research Award
Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Ovarian Cancer Academy – Early-Career Investigator Award
Pilot Award
Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
Discovery Award
Focused Program Award
Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Technology/Therapeutic Development Award
Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website (, the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) ( ).
All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (
Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.
Submission is a two-step process requiring both pre-application submission and full application submission.  All pre-applications must be submitted through eBRAP ( ).  Full applications from extramural organizations (non-DoD organizations) must be submitted through (  Intramural DoD organizations may submit full applications to either eBRAP or  Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and  For detailed information on the submission process, refer to Section II.D. of the Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity.
eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance.  A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization’s representatives and PIs to view and modify the application submissions associated with them.  eBRAP will validate application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. 

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