The American Cancer Society has issued a request for research on the role of health policy and health insurance in improving access to and the performance of cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment services. Proposals will be accepted for research projects focused on changes in national, state, and/or local policy and the response to those changes by healthcare systems, insurers, payers, communities, practices, and patients.
ACS is interested in evaluating the impact of the many changes now occurring in the healthcare system, with a particular focus on cancer prevention, control, and treatment. Efforts focused on improving access to care may also impact inequities that contribute to health disparities. Public health policy initiatives such as the new federal and state marketplaces that have expanded insurance coverage, as well as Medicaid expansion in some states, create natural experiments ripe for evaluation. ACS is keenly interested in supporting rapid-learning research on the effects of health policy changes on patients, providers, and health systems, including but not limited to facilitators and barriers to care, unintended consequences, differential experiences and outcomes of patients seeking or receiving care, best practice models for quality care, and economic impact.
Awards will not exceed $200,000 a year (direct costs) for up to five years.
To be eligible, applicants must be affiliated with a nonprofit institution in the United States, one of its territories, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Independent investigators at all stages of their career are encouraged to apply.
See the American Cancer Society website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.