What is the "Provocative Questions" Initiative?
The NCI’s Provocative Questions (PQ) Initiative has assembled a list of 12 important, but non-obvious or understudied, questions based on input from the NCI’s extramural research community to stimulate use of laboratory, clinical and population sciences in especially effective and imaginative ways to answer the questions. The current list of 12 PQs is updated from previous PQ Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). Receipt dates are June 28, 2017; October 30, 2017; June 28, 2018; October 30, 2018.
Applications in response to a selected PQ should build on specific advances in our understanding of cancer and cancer control, address broad issues in biology of cancer that have proven difficult to resolve, take into consideration the likelihood of progress in the foreseeable future (e.g. 5 to 10 years), and address ways to overcome obstacles to achieving long-term goals. Learn more about the Provocative Questions initiative.