Bringing In The Research Dollars! (BiRD)

Innovative Approaches to Studying Cancer Communication in the New Media Environment (R01)

Deadline: October 11, 2018, June 13, 2019

Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Maximum project period is 5 years.


Invites applications that seek to apply one or more innovative methodologies in communication research across the cancer control continuum, from prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, to end of life.  Applications to this FOA should utilize one or more of the following analytic approaches, methods, and data sources, including but not limited to social media data mining, Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques, online social network analysis, crowdsourcing research tools (e.g., mTurk), online search data, Ecological Momentary Assessment, neuroscience and biobehavioral approaches to communication, and geographic information systems.  Studies should assess outcomes related to cancer prevention and control (e.g., knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, perceived risk, decision making in screening and treatment, information inequalities, social support, shared decision making, persuasion, caregiving, behavioral intentions, preventive behaviors, and policy support, among others).  This FOA is intended to encourage research projects in three distinct domains related to cancer communication:

  1. Utility of new communication surveillance approaches
  2. Development and testing of larger scale interventions using innovative methods and designs
  3. Development and testing of new cancer communication conceptual models


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