Colorectal Cancer Prevention Action Plan and RFAs

The ACG Colorectal Cancer Prevention Action Plan is an ambitious, multi-faceted effort approved by the ACG Board of Trustees in 2004. Under this plan, the College has devoted significant resources to large research grants on specific clinically important topics in colorectal cancer. The foundation of the Action Plan is ACG’s conviction that clinical gastroenterology take up the challenge to take a very close look at today’s preferred colorectal cancer prevention method, colonoscopy, and to make it even better, and to encourage development of new prevention strategies. The Action plan contains two major components: educational outreach to the public and to the physician community, as well as a substantial commitment to research about improvements to colonoscopy, and evaluation of other screening methodologies. Additionally, under the auspices of the Action Plan, the College provides financial support for ongoing targeted patient and physician education efforts regarding colorectal cancer screening.

2005 ACG Colorectal Cancer Prevention Action Plan RFA
The goal of the first CRC RFA was to determine the prevalence, size, shape and histology of flat colorectal neoplasms in the United States.
One Grant of $100,000
Charles J. Kahi, MD, MSc Indiana University School of Medicine and Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN. A multi-center study, “Chromocolonoscopy for the Detection of Flat Adenomas in Routine Colorectal Cancer Screening.”
2007 ACG Colorectal Cancer Prevention Action Plan RFA
In developing the 2007 RFA, the Institute recognized that in spite of multiple efforts to promote colorectal cancer screening, utilization rates remain low and adherence to surveillance guidelines is highly variable. ACG’s goal was to promote research geared toward improving the quality of colorectal cancer screening and/or surveillance, with the ultimate goal of reducing colorectal cancer incidence and mortality.
Two Awards Totaling $264,652
Cynthia Ko, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, “Colonoscopy Quality and Outcomes in Clinical Practice”Linda Rabeneck, MD, MPH, MACG, Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, Toronto, “New or Missed Colorectal Cancer After Colonoscopy”

2012-2013 RFA for Colorectal Cancer Prevention Research

A new Colorectal Cancer Prevention RFA seeks proposals addressing research and/or educational needs relating to colorectal cancer prevention. The ACG Institute seeks to promote research to better understand drivers of variation in colorectal cancer screening process and outcomes of care, and to employ these findings to ultimately improve detection of colorectal neoplasm. The ACG Institute will consider submissions for one award of up to $125,000 for 2012-2013. This fourth RFA is consistent with the others in its emphasis on quality improvement.

Submission for the 2013 RFA is now closed.

2012-2013 ACG Colorectal Cancer RFA (pdf)