Cancer Research North East (CaRes NER) Programme
Call for Proposals,

I. Background

The latest report of the National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP 2020) which contains five years (2012-2016) data from the network of cancer registries shows that the Northeast Region of the country continues to record the highest number of new cancer cases and deaths compared to other regions. Six northeast registry areas occupied the leading six positions of age-adjusted incidence rate in males, whereas four registry areas from the northeast remained at the top in terms of female age-adjusted incidence rate. Papumpare district in West Arunachal recorded the highest incidence of cervical cancer (27.7 per 100,000) and head and neck cancers in females (21.7 per 100,000) in the country. Males in East Khasi Hills district had the highest incidence rate (78.5 per 100,000) of head and neck cancers. Aizawl district reported the highest rank in incidence rates in both males (38.8 per 100,000) and females (37.9 per 100,000).

II. Scope of the Call

The rationale building for the proposal must be driven by the NCRP 2020 report (, to highlight the knowledge gap relevant to the proposed study. Other public health national/state cancer priorities may also be included.

Under this national call, ICMR-NCDIR calls for submission of full proposals from interested investigators to conduct research in the following priority areas in any part of the North Eastern states of India:

  1. Prevention: Identify new, innovative and affordable approaches to address the potential risk factors and determinants of cancer.
  2. Early detection and diagnosis: Identify tools and strategies to improve early detection and diagnosis of cancer Barriers and facilitators in the implementation of screening for three common cancers (oral, cervical and breast) in the Northeast Region of India
  3. Health systems research: To improve the service delivery of cancer prevention and control measures which include primary prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, follow up, improvement in the quality of life and care.
  4. Health technology: Innovative/digital solutions to enhance the quality of care in terms of availability, accessibility, affordability and acceptability.
  5. Policy research: To explore the identifying barriers, facilitators in policy implementation and promote convergence of programs for cancer prevention and control
  6. Scaling up of research outcomes: Includes adaptation of evidence-based promising research outcomes for clinical, epidemiological, diagnostics and public health enhancements with local contextualisation.

III. Applicant Eligibility

Applicants from multidisciplinary backgrounds are eligible to apply.

  1. The Principal Investigator (PI) should be holding a regular faculty/senior position in a Medical College, Research Institute, or University, including Government, Semi-Government and NGOs’/ Private institutes registered with DSIR SIRO Scheme in the Northeast Region. Investigators from other parts of the country will not be eligible to be a PI.
  2. The Principal Investigator shall be from an institution within the eight states of the northeast. The applicant can choose for collaborators in any Institution outside the NER from any part of India (no international investigators will be eligible). The collaboration could be purely academic or in the form of lending technical support, mentorship for undertaking the proposed research. The collaborators will be listed as co-investigators
  3. No direct funding will be provided to institutions outside NER. However, the NER PI can submit an appropriate budget for the collaborator outside NER with due justifications, for transferring funds as per her/his institutional norms.
  4. Collaborative studies involving more institutions within NER are encouraged

IV. Funding amount

A pragmatic budget that is commensurate with the project’s goals and objectives should be framed. A maximum limit of INR 1,00,00,000 for the total duration of the project.

V. Study duration

The study should be for a maximum duration of five years

VI. How to apply

Interested applicants from North Eastern India should submit a full proposal in the prescribed format on latest by 22nd December 2020. Please send hard copy of the proposal (generated by the portal), along with original copies of the declaration and attestation forms.

VII. Process of selection

An expert committee shall review the proposals as per norms of ICMR/MoHFW/GoI revised from time to time. Shortlisted applicants may be invited to revise the proposals given any recommendations from the committee before final approval for funding.

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