NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Minority/Underserved Community Sites (UG1 Clinical Trial Required)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications from institutions/organizations to participate as "Minority/Underserved Community Sites" for the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-supported Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). NCORP is a community-based research network that:

  • Designs and conducts clinical trials and other human subject studies for adults and children in cancer control, prevention, screening, and care delivery, as well as quality-of-life studies embedded within treatment trials;
  • Incorporates the needs of diverse populations such as, adolescents and young adults (AYAs), and the elderly; racial and ethnic minorities; sexual and gender minorities; and rural residents into studies and takes steps to enhance participation of these groups;
  • Enhances patient and provider access to treatment and imaging trials conducted under the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN);
  • Integrates cancer disparities research within the community network.

NCORP consists of three components each with its own FOA: NCORP Research Bases; NCORP Community Sites; and NCORP Minority/Underserved Community Sites (covered by this FOA).

The NCORP Minority/Underserved Community Sites will accrue diverse patients/participants to NCI-approved, cancer control, prevention, and care delivery research studies designed by NCI's NCORP Research Bases as well as treatment trials within the National Clinical Trials Network Groups (NCTN).

Only one application per institution is allowed.

Companion FOAs:


  • Duke Internal: TBA
  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): July 31, 2018
  • Application Due Date(s): August 31, 2018

RFA-CA-18-017 Expiration Date September 1, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant institutions must be healthcare providing entities (such as hospitals, consortia of community hospitals and/or oncology practices, integrated care systems, academic medical centers, etc.) with the exceptions listed below.
  • An applicant must have a catchment area comprising at least 30% racial/ethnic minorities or rural population;
  • An applicant may be an NCI-Designated Cancer Center if all of the following criteria are met: 30 percent or greater of its patients are a racial/ethnic minority or rural population; the Center focuses on research and methodologies to analyze outcomes in cancer disparities; and the Center can demonstrate experience in community outreach and accrual of minority or rural populations.

Institutions not eligible to apply include:

  • An institution that is an awardee of a NCTN Lead Academic Participating Site funded through RFA-CA-17-059 funded by the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD), NCI.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals or military treatment facilities are not eligible to apply. Such institutions may be included in an application as a member(s) of a consortium led by an eligible applicant institution, provided that they are not be meant to be the major contributor to patient accrual.

Amount Description

The National Cancer Institute intends to commit $14 million in FY 2019 for up to 14 awards.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 31, 2018