Call for Concept Proposals for Prevention and Control of Cancer in the North Eastern States in India
(CaRes NER Programme)


North Eastern part of India comprising of eight states show a high burden and a different pattern of cancer which could be attributed to differences in terms of geographical attributes, population profile, socio – cultural , environmental , life style, dietary patterns and developmental indices etc. Even the survival rate of certain cancers such as early stage head and neck cancer and breast cancer is lower in the region. While some of these trends in cancer pattern can be explained by known risk factors of cancer, there may be a number of unknown or unrevealed risk factors. The CaRes NER Programme aims to address the research needs of the growing burden of cancer in the North Eastern Region (NER) by developing innovative strategies to address this from programme, policy and health system perspective.

Scientific Priorities

Under this call, ICMR-NCDIR calls for concept proposals from interested investigators across multiple disciplines from any of the eight states of NER to undertake clinical, epidemiological, operational research or population based interventions which must culminate into new or enhanced approaches towards cancer prevention and control relevant for the region.

Expected Outcomes

The study findings must have implications for programme and policy makers and contribute to strengthening of cancer control programmes and reduction in morbidity and mortality due to cancer.


1. Applicants should be positioned in a Medical College, Research Institute, or University, including Government, Semi-Government and NGOs’/ Private institutes registered with DSIR in the Northeast Region.
2. The applicant can choose for collaborators in any Institution outside NER . The collaboration could be purely academic in nature or in the form of lending technical support for developing interventions for implementation in the NER.

Duration and availability of funding

Up to INR 1,00,00,000 over a duration of three years

How to apply

Interested Investigators (PI) should submit a concept proposal online at (link).

Last date for application:

30th November 2019 by 5.00 pm


The concept proposals shall be reviewed by an expert committee and then recommended for submission of a full proposal. Merging of similar or value enhancing concept proposals may also be suggested to the investigators.

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