The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IIPH), and partners have committed approximately $5M over one year to jointly fund up to 25 Proof-of-Concept Grants focused on interventions in Primary Cancer Prevention.
The long-term objective of the CCS/CIHR-ICR Initiative in Primary Cancer Prevention is to reduce the number of cancer diagnoses by accelerating the application of innovative interventions to prevent the onset of malignancy before it begins and move knowledge and evidence into practice in the health system, communities and workplaces and into the daily lives of Canadians of all cultural background and ethnicities, including Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), immigrants and refugees, and historically excluded populations. The intent of this Phase 1: CCS/CIHR Action Grants is to motivate Canadians to take “action” to avoid known modifiable risk factors for cancer and to encourage the research and end-user communities to take “action” towards harnessing new ideas, platforms and technologies from within and outside the cancer field to test out bold, novel interventions with the potential to prevent cancer.
This funding opportunity is not intended to generate new knowledge, except in areas with an identified gap, but rather to take the knowledge we already have and accelerate the development, implementation and evaluation of novel interventions that bring new technologies, resources, perspectives and expertise to bear in preventing cancer for all people living in Canada. This will be accomplished by meaningful engagement of the appropriate knowledge users/practitioners likely to implement the interventions, including individual and community-level partners such as First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban Indigenous communities and organizations, racialized communities, and people with lived experience, throughout the duration of the project. It will be important for applicants to clearly demonstrate how they have validated the need and/or relevance of the project with the communities they plan to work with. Phase 1 will kick start this effort by supporting one year Proof-of-Concept grants to set the stage for a larger, Phase 2, initiative designed to implement promising interventions in their appropriate settings and populations across the country to achieve equitable reach, access and sustainability.
The goal is to stimulate the necessary multidisciplinary and multi-sector collaborations needed to test the feasibility of small-scale interventions, applying creative concepts with scalable and/or modifiable potential. The focus is strictly on interventions in primary cancer prevention, i.e. stopping cancer before it starts. Proposals related to secondary/tertiary prevention will not be considered.