Due: Monday, October 16, 2017
Maximum Total Funding: $144,000
Purpose: The development of the specialty of palliative medicine is a critical step in addressing the unmet needs of patients with serious illness and their families. Pilot data are typically needed before funding agencies (e.g., NIH, VA or the American Cancer Society) will consider funding a research project. In an effort to support clinician investigators conducting patient-oriented research in palliative care, the American Cancer Society, in parallel with the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), is soliciting applications for pilot/exploratory research grants in palliative care of cancer patients and their families. These grants will generate the pilot data necessary to maximize an investigator’s chances of competing successfully for larger grants. Focus of RFA: This RFA provides funding for investigators performing pilot and exploratory research studies whose purpose is to test interventions, develop research methodologies, and explore novel areas of research in palliative care of cancer patients and their families. A condition of funding is a clearly defined plan as to how the investigator will use the results of the project to develop larger, extramurally funded research projects. This RFA is limited to applications that focus on palliative care research projects for seriously ill cancer patients and their families in three specific areas: 1. Exploring the relationship of pain and other distressing symptoms on quality and quantity of life, independence, function, and disability and developing interventions directed at their treatment in patients with advanced and chronic illnesses; 2. Studying methods of improving communication between adults living with serious illness, their families and their health care providers; 3. Evaluating models and systems of care for patients living with advanced illness and their families. As a condition of accepting the award, each recipient of this grant, will agree to: 1. Attend the required meetings of the NPCRC in Fall during the award period. 2. Present results of the funded research at this required NPCRC meeting.