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NCI "Sandpit" workshop/ideas lab for integrating knowledge to advance cancer control and prevention -- must apply

  • Event Details


    Monday, April 24, 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 5:00pm

    Where: Potomac, Maryland

    Event Summary

    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will host a "Sandpit" workshop (i.e., ideas lab) on April 24-26, 2017, in Potomac, Maryland. The intensive three-day residential workshop will bring together a broad, multidisciplinary group of participants to generate new insights on how knowledge from different behavioral domains, research fields, and national contexts can be integrated for the purpose of advancing cancer control and prevention.

    The workshop will specifically focus on integrating knowledge across five key cancer-related health behaviors: tobacco use, alcohol consumption, dietary behavior, physical activity, and UV exposure. At the conclusion of the Sandpit, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) will invite up to five of the teams formed at the workshop to apply for CRUK seed grants to test the feasibility of their ideas.

    Prospective Sandpit participants need to submit an application consisting of the following:

    • a CV
    • names of two professional references
    • an 800-word cover letter describing the applicant's interest in the Sandpit
    • a visual representation (e.g., diagram or mental model) that illustrates a conceptual schema of the applicant's area of interest
    • a letter of commitment from the applicant's organization or institution

    All application materials must be emailed to by February 15, 2017, at 6 PM EST / 11 PM GMT. Additional details about the Sandpit and full application instructions are attached and available at:

    Early- and mid-career individuals interested in contributing their expertise and novel thinking to generate transformative ideas are especially encouraged to apply. Travel and lodging will be provided to workshop participants in accordance with NIH policy.

    Equal Opportunities

    NCI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with a disability.

    For more information, please contact:

    Kara L. Hall, Ph.D.
    Health Behaviors Research Branch
    Behavioral Research Program
    Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
    National Cancer Institute
    Phone: (240) 276-6831

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