Alliance Cancer Care delivery research pilot project Funds

The Alliance offers funds to support pilot projects in Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR). The purpose of these pilot projects is to generate preliminary data that will lead to the development of an Alliance CCDR study for submission to the NCORP network. The Alliance CCDR Committee is particularly interested in concepts that focus on: patient out of pocket costs, financial toxicity for patients/caregivers, and/or financial counseling; implementation of patient-reported outcomes into routine care delivery; practice-level changes that improve cancer care delivery, such as implementation of survivorship care plans, models for coordination of care, or surgical cancer care processes.

These Alliance CCDR Pilot Project funds are available from the Alliance NCORP Research Base grant, which is supported by the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) and are available for CCDR pilot projects that can be completed within one year. Applicants and their respective institutions must be Alliance members and members of the Alliance CCDR Committee.

To learn more about these Alliance CCDR Pilot Prject Awards, contact Anne Barber, Alliance Cancer Care Delivery Research Program Manager at

Award Recipients


  • Brian T. Halbert, MD, MPH (Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center)
    “Implementation of a Home Health Monitoring Program to Improve Cancer Treatment Adherence among Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer”


  • Karen J. Wernli, PhD (Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute)
    “Quality Metrics in Time to Biopsy and Lung Cancer Diagnosis in Cancer Screening Population"


  • Victoria Blinder, MD, MSc (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
    “Workplace/Employer Accommodations During Cancer Treatment (WE-ACT): A Mobile Health App to Promote Job Retention in People Undergoing Treatment for Cancer”


  • Lixin Song, PhD, RN, FAAN (UNC - Chapel Hill)
    “Feasibility Testing of Patient Reported Outcomes-informed Caregiving Education and Symptom Management System (PROCESS): A Personalized mHealth Program for Cancer Symptom and Complication Management”


  • Sarah Birken, PhD (UNC Chapel Hill)
    “Identifying Strategies for Comprehensive Survivorship Care Plan Implementation”
  • Cindy Matsen, MD (University of Utah)
    “Understanding and Addressing Patient and Provider Preferences around Discussions of Cost of Breast Cancer Care”


  • Gabriel Brooks, MD, MPH (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center)
    "Cancer care delivery processes at community oncology practices and their association with acute hospital and emergency department utilization: A pilot study"
  • Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS (Duke Cancer Institute)
    "Developing and testing a web-based tool to engage advanced cancer patients"


  • Shelby Terstriep, MD (Sanford Health)
    "Use of remote symptom monitoring with breast cancer survivors using patient-reported outcome measures in MyChart”
  • Terri Lynn Woodard, MD (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center)
    "Delivering patient-centered counseling to women at risk of cancer-related infertility: An innovative way to meet practice guidelines"