2014 Announcements

CCN II Cancer Health Disparities Pilot Grants (Deadline: July 28, 2014)
The Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II) welcomes NIH-defined new or early-stage researchers to apply for small-scale, time-limited pilot research grants that address cancer health disparities. The mission of the Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II) is to reduce breast, prostate and colorectal cancers among African American adults in North Carolina by leveraging long-standing university-community relationships. Pilot projects should be completed within 12 months and have the potential to lead to a larger federal or foundation grant application. Projects that utilize some of the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) are encouraged. Eligibility: The Principal Investigators (PI) must be a new or early-stage investigator as defined by the National Institutes of Health and be on faculty or in a post-doctoral research position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information on NIH?s definition of a new or early stage investigator, please visit: Application Requirements: 1. Research must be of relevance to North Carolina. However, projects that involve at least one of the CCN II targeted counties: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Edgecombe, Guilford, Halifax, Montgomery, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Randolph, Rockingham, and Wilson will be given priority consideration. 2. The Pilot Project Lead must have an identified mentor who will provide guidance and relevant scientific expertise throughout the pilot project period. Post-doctoral fellows must have a senior UNC faculty researcher as their primary mentor. 3. The proposed project must address breast, prostate and/or colorectal cancer disparities among the adult African American population at any point(s) along the cancer care continuum. Projects that address multiple chronic conditions in conjunction with cancer as well as biospecimen collection are also eligible. Proposals that utilize community-based participatory research approaches are encouraged.
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CBPR - Community-Based Participatory Research: Practical Tools and Structures
Whether new to or experienced with engaging communities in research, investigators are challenged by the inevitable tensions between scientific requirements for rigor and control, and communitarian demands for participation and transparency. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is often complicated by multi-layered partnerships, based in power relations negotiated between diverse groups (each with specific histories, politics, and cultures), while being regulated by external forces of research governance. What is distinctive about CBPR is a set of principles to guide the openness, fluidity, and unpredictability of a collaborative approach to research. In this course, you will receive copies of these tools and structures for your consideration. We will use a blend of brief lectures, interactive discussions, and a reading/writing exercise to stimulate all of us to think creatively about CBPR tools and structures and apply the results to our own work. For example, to analyze and guide our practice in applying CBPR principles, you will receive a real life case of a community-academic partnership engaged in using the qualitative research method of critical incident technique interview. Through this case, we will explore if African American and White women, diagnosed and treated with breast cancer at the same facility, received cancer care that was the same. We are enthusiastic about the potential for co-learning that will occur.
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