This study assessed the effectiveness of a cancer control behavioral research grant funding program intended to facilitate the growth of a nationwide cohort of scientists with a high level of expertise in behavioral cancer control research. The study found that the program was important in providing early stage investigators with funding opportunities for independent, innovative research. The program offered critical support for career development, and encouraged investigation of new cancer control research questions. The program also prompted more behavioral-focused research, and opportunities to interact with researchers in the field. Grantees were successful in continuing research in the field. For example, researchers were able to obtain additional funding as principal investigators for their research questions. Overall, the findings supported the claim that the program fulfilled its original intent. The grant program advanced the field of behavioral research in cancer control. The program's success provided a strong basis for its continuation in the subsequent budget year.
Report Title: Outcome Evaluation of the Small Grants Program for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control http://aspe.hhs.gov/pic/fullreports/06/8355.doc
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Chollette, Veronica, 301-435-2837
Performer: Battelle Center for Research and Evaluation; Arlington, VA
PIC ID: 8355