New Funding Opportunity Focuses on Diversity
The ROI is excited to release our latest request for proposals (RFP), “Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Radiation Oncology.” With all our RFPs, the ROI seeks to address a current issue or challenge within the field of radiation oncology, and the need to increase diversity both in terms of patient care and the radiation oncology workforce has been highlighted in recent publications and community discussions. This new funding opportunity will provide support to researchers pursuing innovative solutions to:
- Reduce disparities in care for patients receiving radiation therapy
- Increase participation of underrepresented groups in clinical trials
- Improve diversity in the radiation oncology workforce
The proposed research must also focus on one or more of the ROI’s priority topic areas of communication, quality and safety, toxicity management, comparative effectiveness and value of radiation therapy. Special consideration will be given to proposals that use highly innovative methodologies or are not otherwise fundable through traditional sources.
Budgets for the proposed projects should typically be limited to $50,000 over two years, but larger budgets will be considered with the firm limit that costs may not exceed $100,000.
The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the “Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Radiation Oncology” RFP is October 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. For those invited to submit a full proposal, all application materials will be due at the end of January 2020. Awarded grants will be announced in May 2020. LOIs and proposals must be submitted through the ROI portal on proposalCENTRAL. See the complete RFP for details.
The ROI is looking forward to seeing many novel and creative ideas for how to improve diversity and health equity in radiation oncology.