Great Response to the ROI Request for Research to Improve Diversity
Thank you to all of the research teams who submitted a total of 36 letters of intent (LOIs) in response to the Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Radiation Oncology request that the ROI released earlier this year. The ROI was excited to see a wide variety of innovative concepts for research to reduce disparities in patient care, increase participation of under-represented groups in clinical trials and improve diversity in the radiation oncology workforce.
The ROI’s Research Committee and members of ASTRO’s Committee on Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CHEDI) are partnering to review the LOIs and proposals to ensure that the ROI is supporting the highest priority research that will address some of the most pressing challenges to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in radiation oncology. The rigorous peer-review process has begun, and the review committee is eager to see the full proposals when they are submitted by the end of January. The awards, typically ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, will be announced in May 2020 following final review and approval by the ROI Board of Trustees. Be sure to follow the ROI on Facebook and Twitter to find out who will be the new grantees and their fantastic ideas for improving health equity, diversity and inclusion in radiation oncology!