Joint Call (JTC 2012)

Call for proposals on “Translational research on primary and secondary prevention of cancer”


Call for proposals on “Translational research on primary and secondary prevention of cancer”


The TRANSCAN network is pleased to announce its 2nd transnational call to fund multinational research projects on:

“Translational research on primary and secondary prevention of cancer”

The following seventeen funding organisations from fifteen countries within the European Research Area have come together to support this second call for proposals:

- Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austria
- Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium
- French National Cancer Institute (INCa), France
- ARC French Foundation for Cancer Research (ARC Foundation), France
- Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
- The Chief Scientist Office of the Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH), Israel
- Ministry of Health (MoH), Italy
- Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS), Latvia
- National Research Fund (FNR), Luxembourg
- Dutch Cancer Society (DCS), The Netherlands
- The Research Council Norway (RCN), Norway
- Norwegian Cancer Society (NCS), Norway
- National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR), Poland
- Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal
- Institute of Oncology Prof. Dr. Alexandru Trestioreanu (IOB), Romania
- Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), Slovakia
- The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), Turkey

The call will be conducted simultaneously by the seventeen funding organisations in their respective countries.
The French National Cancer Institute (INCa) will act as Joint Call Secretariat (JCS) to coordinate the application and selection process of JTC 2012.

JTC 2012 aims at developing transnational innovative projects in cancer prevention, focused on the research of the mechanisms responsible for maintaining a healthy status vs. those underlying cancer development, and clearly oriented towards a rapid translation of the existing and newly acquired knowledge into individual- or patient-tailored interventions at highest potential for cancer control.
Transnational research proposals must address the topic of translational research on primary and secondary prevention of cancer, and must cover at least one of the areas specified below, which are equal in relevance for this call and which should comprise the specific aspects as indicated.
Primary cancer prevention
A) Identification and validation of cancer etiology drivers, based on molecular epidemiology-derived evidences.
B) Identification and validation of cancer preventive or predisposing factors, based on molecular epidemiology-derived evidences.
C) Investigation, prompted by clinical trials results, of molecular mechanisms of action of potentially cancer preventive drugs and of their combination, with a particular focus on the identification of modalities for inducing synergistic effects.
D) Clinical prevention trials of cancer-preventive agents.
E) Development of strategies and tools for immune prevention of cancer.
Secondary cancer prevention
A) Validation of biomarkers and development of technologies and methodologies for early detection and cancer screening.
B) Research on integration of age and co-morbidity, in terms of underlying mechanisms.

There will be a two-stage submission procedure for joint applications: pre-proposals and full proposals. Both types of proposals must be written in English and must be submitted electronically to the JCS by the coordinator. Pre-proposals and full proposals should strictly follow the rules described in the Guidelines for applicants. To apply, please use the pre-proposal application form.
Pre-proposals must be submitted exclusively through the electronic submission system PT-Outilne by the deadline of 15 February 2013 at 17:00 (Central European Time). All proposals will be subject to a peer-review and a joint decision process of the funding organisations involved.
Successful applicants from the pre-proposal stage will be invited to submit their full proposals not later than 24 June 2013 at 17:00 (Central European Summer Time). Please note that full proposals will only be accepted from applicants explicitly invited by the JCS.
Applicants may request funding for individual grants according to national/regional rules. Please note that, for applicants from some countries/regions, it may be necessary to submit their proposals and/or other information not only to the JCS, but also to their relevant national/regional funding organisations. Therefore, applicants are strongly advised to check with their national/regional funding organisations for more details (see Annex 1. Contact information of the National/Regional Funding Organisations, Guidelines for applicants).
Based on the time required for the approval process for granting funds to the respective national/regional research groups, individual projects of a research consortium are expected to start in April 2014.

Publication of the JTC 2012: 14 December 2012
Opening of electronic submission system for pre-proposals:14 January 2013
Deadline for electronic pre-proposals submission: 15 February 2013
Opening of electronic submission system for full proposals: 13 May 2013
Deadline for electronic full proposals submission: 24 June 2013
Communication of final evaluation result and funding decision: October 2013
Start of funded research projects: April 2014