publication date: Oct. 25, 2019

Conversation with The Cancer Letter

Ciolino: CCSG extension will give cancer centers more freedom, time, resources to increase scientific impact

Henry Ciolino

Henry Ciolino

Director,

Office of Cancer Centers, NCI

 

By allowing cancer centers to extend their Cancer Center Support Grant award period from five to seven years, NCI hopes to enable eligible centers to spend less time preparing for a grant renewal in favor of conducting more research and setting long-term goals.

“CCSG applications that receive a score in the top 25-33% of all centers for two consecutive application cycles will qualify to apply for the extension,” said Henry Ciolino, director of NCI’s Office of Cancer Centers. “The center will be invited by NCI to submit a short application at the end of their third year.

“Ideally, this would be achieved without significant programmatic detriment, such as challenges with director transitions or any compromise of a high level of ‘centeredness’ and institutional commitment.”

 

Ciolino spoke with Matthew Ong, a reporter with The Cancer Letter.

 

Matthew Ong:

Stories about CCSGs can get long-winded. Let’s do a quick summary of what’s in the works. Why did NCI propose changing the duration of CCSGs from five to seven years for some centers?

Henry Ciolino:

We appreciate that CCSG applications and site visits are a lengthy process that involve significant investment of effort for the members and staff.

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