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

I. Background

The recent NER report "Profile of cancer and related health indicators in the North East Region of India" released this year includes cancer data compiled by eleven PBCRs in all the eight states, and seven HBCRs in four states (Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura) in the region, for the period 2012-16. The report presents a state-wide cancer profile based on a pooled analysis of PBCR and HBCR data and an estimated state-wise cancer profile calculated from PBCR data. The state-wise presentation of cancer data is supported by a preceding description of relevant health indicators obtained from reliable data sources. The health indicators include socio-demographic profile, behavioural and metabolic risk factors, health-seeking behaviour and health system status in terms of infrastructure and medical certification of cause of death. While these health indicators could determine the cancer incidence, type and disease outcome, it provides further scope for planning cancer-directed planning and control strategies and strengthening the health system. The report highlights that cancer continues to be a significant public health concern in the region. The findings call for proactive initiatives from all concerned stakeholders to assess the efficacy of existing measures and plan and develop evidence-based strategies to address the region's growing cancer burden.

The CaRes NER Programme aims to address cancer incidence and mortality in the Northeast states by encouraging and promoting research focusing on cancer control and improved survival rates among cancer patients in the region. The NCRP Reports can be accessed on The programme also emphasizes that report findings are integrated into the policy environment and translated into favourable disease outcomes.

II. Scope of the Call

Project proposals should demonstrate an ambition to establish or develop a systematic approach to the use of research to inform health policy and practice.

  1. The recent NCRP Reports must drive the rationale building for the proposal, with specific reference to the Northeast Region.
  2. Proposals must focus on the mechanism of translating the report findings into policy and practice; which would include
    1. Identify and prioritize areas of concern, relevant for the state/specific geographic region.
    2. Sharing knowledge with relevant stakeholders to ensure uptake of relevant report findings to facilitate informed decisions.
    3. Explore evidence based changes in policy, practice, and health services delivery as a potential solution.
    4. Potential for future sustainability.
  3. Proposals should make clear how the projects will complement or augment current ongoing activities in the area of cancer prevention and control.

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 from ICMR-NCDIR, Bengaluru. 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 could be for a maximum duration of five years

VI. How to apply

Interested applicants should submit a full proposal in the prescribed format on latest by 15th February 2022. Please send signed hard copy of the proposal (generated by the portal), along with original copies of the declaration and attestation forms. Ethics Committee approval for the proposal may be submitted latest by 28th February 2022.

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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Submission of Proposals have been closed on 15th Feb 2022

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