Data Science/Cancer: Behavioral Risk Factors

R01 (also available: R21)

Cancer-Related Behavioral Research through Integrating Existing Data

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications that seek to integrate two or more independent data sets to answer novel cancer control and prevention questions. The goal is to encourage applications that incorporate Integrative Data Analysis (IDA) methods to study behavioral risk factors for cancer, including tobacco use, sedentary behavior, poor weight management, and lack of medical adherence to screening and vaccine uptake. It is important that the data being integrated are from different sources and types (including both quantitative and qualitative; data may span different levels such as genetic and environmental) and should include at least one source of behavioral data. Importantly, applicants should use existing data sources rather than collect new data. In addition, creating harmonized measures, developing culturally sensitive measures, replicating results and cross-study comparisons will be encouraged.


  • Pre-Application Submission: N/A
  • Application Submission: 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization, Feb. 7, 2017; Jun. 7, 2017; Feb. 7, 2018; Jun. 7 2018; Feb. 7, 2019; Jun. 7, 2019

Companion funding opportunity:


Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.