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national cancer institute u s department of health and human services national institutes of health
National Cancer InstituteU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESNational Institutes of Health

Current Funding Priorities in Health Behavior at the National Cancer Institute

June, 2014

William Klein, PhD

Associate Director, Behavioral Research Program Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences National Cancer Institute (NCI)

nci behavioral research program
NCI Behavioral Research Program
  • BRP initiates, supports, and evaluates a comprehensive program of basic behavioral research, health communication and informatics, processes of care, research methodology, and health behavior interventions
  • Health behaviors of interest include tobacco use, dietary behavior, physical activity, cancer screening, HPV vaccination, virus exposure, sun protection, and medical decision-making
  • Interested in genetic, biological, psychosocial and contextual influences (e.g., relationships, stress, executive control)
health behaviors across the cancer control continuum
Health Behaviors across the Cancer Control Continuum



Social Determinants of Health Disparities

Genetic Testing


Dissemination of Evidence-Based Interventions

Quality of Cancer Care



Dissemination of Evidence-Based Interventions

Adapted from David B. Abrams. See

brp research branches
BRP Research Branches

Senior Scientist: Jerry Suls

Associate Director: William Klein

Michele Bloch

Tobacco Control Research Branch


William Riley

Science of Research and Technology Branch


Stephen Taplin

Process of Care Research Branch


Paige Green McDonald

Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB)

Bradford Hesse

Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch


Linda Nebeling

Health Behaviors Research Branch



BRP, Fiscal Year 2013Total Grants: 316 ($165,010,100)


Levels of Influence in Health Behavior Research

  • Psychosocial Experiences(e.g., Stress)
  • Tangible Health Behaviors (e.g., Obesity, Smoking)
  • Harmful Exposure (e.g., HPV, Sun)
  • Biobehavioral and Genetic Factors
  • Health Care System Navigation (e.g., Screening)
  • Social and Organizational Influences
  • Environment (e.g., Policy)

Selected Research Priorities

  • Genetic testing
  • New tobacco products (e.g., e-cigarettes) and regulatory science
  • Decision-making across the cancer continuum (including shared decision making)
  • Cognitive effects of cancer and cancer treatment
  • Aging and cancer
  • HPV vaccination

Selected Research Priorities

  • Innovative study design and methods for developing, testing, and implementing behavioral interventions
  • Vision, perception, and attention related to cancer
  • Social media and health
  • Care planning
  • Social effects on health behaviors (e.g., physical activity in children)

Health Behavior Research Tools

  • Grid-Enabled Measures (GEM)
  • Team Science Toolkit
  • Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)
  • Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) study
  • Classification of Laws Associated with School Students (C.L.A.S.S.)

Training Awards for New Investigators

  • K07: Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award

Provide salary and research support for a sustained period of “protected time” (3-5 years) to junior investigators who are interested in developing academic and research expertise in cancer prevention, cancer control, or the behavioral or population sciences as related to cancer.

  • Soon transitioning to K99/R00
  • For further questions about opportunities for new investigators please contact Gina Tesauro, MSW Public Health Advisor, Behavioral Research Program (240-276-6786) or

Additional Funding Notices

  • Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) - includes BRP
  • NCI Provocative Questions
  • Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
  • NIH Opportunity Network (OppNet)

Contact a BRP Program Director

BRP Program Directors can advise you throughout the application process from development of your idea through submission and review

Search for Program Directors by Branch affiliation or research expertise


Sample of Currently Funded Grants in Health Behaviors, FY14

  • R01- Gregory Armstrong, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Longitudinal Cardiotoxicity in Adult Survivors Childhood Cancer
  • R01 – Elva Arredondo, San Diego State University Promoting Physical Activity in Churchgoing Latinas
  • R01 – Antoine Bechara, University of Southern California Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Decisions and Impulse Control in Nutrition Behavior
  • R01 – Elliot Coups, Rbhs -Cancer Institute of New Jersey An Internet-Based Behavioral Intervention for Individuals Diagnosed with Melanoma
  • R01 – Leonard Epstein, State University of New York at Buffalo The Influence of Pricing and Nutrient Profiling on Food Purchases


Sample of Currently Funded Grants in Health Behaviors, FY14

  • R21 – Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, University of Alabama at BirminghamVegetable Garden Feasibility Trial to Promote Function in Older Cancer Survivors
  • R21 – June Robinson, June Northwestern University at Chicago Sun Protection Internet-Based Program for Kidney Transplant Recipients
  • R03 – Kentya Ford, University of Texas, Austin Behaviors Related to Cancer Risk Among African-American College Students
  • R03 – Marcus Kilpatrick, University of South Florida Affective Responses to High-Intensity Interval Training
  • U54 – Graham Colditz, Washington University A Multilevel Approach to Energy Balance and Cancer Across the Lifecourse


Training & Career

  • Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA)The universal, umbrella fellowship program for domestic fellows, NCI counterpart of the Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) used in other NIH institutes
    • Quantitative Fellowship in Behavioral Research
    • Process of Care Fellowship in Behavioral Research
  • Other training mechanisms include:
    • Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP)
    • Health Communications Internship Program
  • For general questions about fellowships and career postings, contact:Mary O’Connell (