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New Funding Opportunity, Give Back to Push Research Forward (Winter 2017 Vol. 7 No. 4)

2017 Research Wrap-Up

With your support, ROI researchers are making advances and sharing the results of their work.

Celebrating New Founders’ Circle Members

Thank you to the individuals who have made or renewed a generous pledge to the ROI this year.

Donor Spotlight

Manisha Palta, MD, is one of the ROI’s newest Founders’ Circle members. She made her gift in honor of her dad, Jatinder Palta, PhD, FASTRO. 

Honor Someone Special

This holiday season, give the gift of research to honor a mentor, colleague, family member or friend. 

Letter from the Board

J. Frank Wilson, MD, FASTRO, and Tim Williams, MD, FASTRO, invite you to give back to help push radiation oncology research forward.

New Funding Opportunity Based on Your Feedback

You spoke and we listened—the ROI is seeking research proposals for Innovative Projects in Radiation Oncology, with a special emphasis on topic areas that were identified by ASTRO Annual Meeting attendees.

ROI 5K is the Best Yet!

More than 300 of you ran for research on Monday, September 25. See results and photos from the event.

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New Funding Opportunity Based on Your Feedback

The ROI is committed to funding research that tackles the most urgent and practical needs for radiation oncology to help ensure that one day all cancer patients who can benefit from radiation therapy will receive it. We wanted to hear your thoughts on how to accomplish this goal, so we asked this year’s Annual Meeting attendees to answer the question: “How do we improve our ability to get radiation to the patients who need it?” Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a response to this question that is fundamental to the future of our field.

The ROI has analyzed the responses from ASTRO Annual Meeting attendees and developed a new request for proposals (RFP) for research that addresses the topics identified as being important areas of need for radiation oncology. The new Innovative Projects in Radiation Oncology RFP will give priority to projects focused on the following topics:

  • Financial toxicity and cost – investigations of the financial toxicity associated with radiation therapy and the development of interventions to mitigate its effects and lower costs.
  • Access to treatment and support services – studies to understand disparities in access to radiation therapy and the development of solutions to address them.
  • Awareness, education and marketing – novel methods to inform patients and referring physicians about the benefits of radiation therapy.
  • Hypofractionation and SBRT – generation of evidence or development of programs that support their use.

Through this RFP, the ROI is seeking innovative ideas for high-risk, high-reward projects and/or seed funding necessary to demonstrate proof of concept before applying for larger grants. Up to $200,000 in grants will be awarded in late spring 2018. A typical budget for a project is expected to be limited to $50,000. However, larger budgets will be considered with the firm limit that costs may not exceed $100,000. Special attention will be given to projects that demonstrate efficiency and economy of resources to pursue the research proposed with the goal of making awards to as many of the highest rated proposals as possible.

Applications are due March 1, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) and must be submitted through ROI’s grant submission portal on proposalCENTRAL. For more information about eligibility, selection criteria and how to apply, see the complete RFP.

The ROI is looking forward to seeing all the creative and exciting projects proposed to advance our field and improve outcomes for cancer patients.