publication date: Dec. 6, 2019

Funding Opportunities

ACS and Flatiron Health launch real-world data impact award

The American Cancer Society and Flatiron Health launched a joint grant-making program that supports both organizations’ goals of accelerating cancer research and improving treatment and care options for patients.

The program is called the American Cancer Society & Flatiron Health Real-World Data Impact Award.

ACS and Flatiron designed the program to advance patient-centric research among investigators funded by the ACS. Up to three $75,000 grants will be awarded during 2020 to existing ACS grantees with experience in health services or observational research. ACS will oversee the grant selection process and Flatiron will provide selected grantees research funding and access to its de-identified oncology datasets curated from electronic health records for research purposes.

Research could include characterizing healthcare disparities in treatment and outcomes among underserved populations in the U.S.; evaluating national healthcare policy impact on practice patterns and patient outcomes; comparing effectiveness of treatments unlikely to be addressed by clinical trials; assessing impact of clinical guidelines on treatment and outcomes; and more.

“The ACS understands the incredible potential real-world data has for furthering our knowledge of patients’ experiences to improve patient outcomes,” William Phelps, senior vice president for Extramural Research at ACS, said in a statement. “These new grants present a unique opportunity to expand the scope of questions our researchers are able to answer by working with some of the highest-quality de-identified real-world datasets available. We look forward to the groundbreaking work our researchers will undertake with the help of this grant.”

“These competitive awards will allow researchers to study important topics that can’t necessarily be addressed by clinical trials,” Neal Meropol, vice president of Research Oncology … Continue reading ACS and Flatiron Health launch real-world data impact award

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