Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers: Special Interest Project Competitive Supplements (SIPS)

Executive Summary

Purpose.  The purpose of the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program’s Special Interest Projects (SIPs) is to support supplemental projects in health promotion and disease prevention research that: (1) focus on the major causes of death and disability, with an emphasis on underserved and minority populations (2) improve public health practice through community-based participatory research, and (3) design, test, disseminate, or translate effective public health programs at the state and community level.   A major focus of this supplemental funding program is to design, test, and disseminate effective prevention research strategies.

  • Mechanism of Support. Cooperative Agreement.
  • Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards.  Total funds available for the FOA are $1,485,000.  Awards issued under this FOA are contingent upon availability of funds and a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is also anticipated that the size of each award may also vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the number, quality and cost of the applications received.
    • Budget and Project Period.  The estimated total funding (direct and indirect) for the first year (12 month budget period) for all SIP proposals is $1,485,000.  The estimated total funding (direct and indirect) for the one-year project period for all SIP proposals is $1,485,000. The project period and the budget period will run from September 30, 2013 to September 29, 2014.
  • Application Research Strategy Length: Page limits for the Research Strategy are clearly specified in Section IV. Application and Submission Information of this announcement.
  • Eligible Institutions/Organizations. Institutions/organizations listed in Section III, 1. are eligible to apply.
  • Eligible Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs). Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research are invited to work with their institution/organization to develop an application for support.  NOTE:  CDC does not make awards to individuals directly.  Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply through their eligible institution/organization.
  • Number of PDs/PIs.  Applications may include more than one PI; however, the first PI listed will be the “contact PI” for all correspondence.
  • Number of Applications. A Prevention Research Center may apply for multiple SIPs; however, a separate application must be submitted for each SIP.  A PRC may submit only one application per SIP.

Research Objectives and Approach

The experimental approach and research objectives for each SIP are detailed in the individual project descriptions contained in Section IX. Special Interest Project Descriptions of this announcement.


Potential Public Health Impact of this Opportunity

Accomplishing the objectives of these projects will:


  • 13-065. Determine the feasibility of developing a surveillance system for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening with the ultimate goal of improving the proportion of the population who receive either cervical, colorectal or breast cancer screening.
  • 13-066. Identify, develop and test a website to develop culturally-appropriate resources for racial, ethnic, and low-income populations and especially rural populations and Hispanic women with the ultimate goal of increasing the proportion of women who receive breast and cervical cancer screening. 
  • 13-067. Expand the understanding in certain Asian subgroups in the United States of barriers and facilitators to colorectal cancer screening with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of Asian American women who seek colorectal cancer screening.
  • 13-068. Expand the scientific knowledge regarding brief physician informed decision-making (IDM) discussions with limited health literacy patients to inform the development of future CDC initiatives to increase smoking cessation in the context of low dose CT lung cancer screening with the ultimate goal to increase smoking cessation. 
  • 13-069. Identify, develop and test a standardized tool that will enable Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to collect data efficiently and to utilize their data to better evaluate their delivery of preventive services with the ultimate goal of increasing colorectal cancer screening in populations of need.
  • 13-070. Identify and evaluate the use of mall walking as a means to increase the prevalence of walking behavior primarily, but not necessarily exclusively, among mid-life and older adults with the goal of developing an evidenced- and practice-based Mall Walking Program Resource Guide to improve physical activity.
  • 13-071. Identify and develop a compendium of identified questions and/or measures regarding  public perceptions and attitudes towards cognitive health, cognitive impairment and caregiving that will ultimately be used to meet the strategy to identify needed changes or additions to data as outlined in The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.  
  • 13-072.  Expand the scientific knowledge regarding dementia and co-occurring chronic conditions among older adults through a secondary analysis of available datasets to address the gaps identified through a review of the literature that ultimately can assist public health practitioners at the national, state and local levels.
  • 13-073. Develop and evaluate the use of a registry of participants that call tobacco use quitlines with the ultimate goal of re-engaging unsuccessful quitters in continued cessation efforts. 

Application Instructions

The full funding announcement can be found here. Contact Kathleen Jensen by February 15th if you are interested in submitting an application. Letters of intent are due on February 26th.



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