Updated September 04, 2003
Every clinical and comprehensive NCI-designated Cancer Center is required to have an institutional Data and Safety Monitoring Plan (DSMP) that meets the specific requirements of the NCI. Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) applications from these centers should include a summary of the DSMP within the text of the application. According to NIH Instructions to Reviewers for Evaluating Research Involving Human Subjects in Grant and Cooperative Agreement Applications (April 5, 2002), peer reviewers will be responsible for determining the acceptability or unacceptability of the plan. The entire DSMP should be available at the site visit in the event that peer reviewers need additional information for this determination. Peers are expected to define the weaknesses of an unacceptable dsmp. NCI program staff will bear responsibility for addressing deficiencies with the applicant and following appropriate procedures for removal of bars to award.
CCSG applicants may request funds for implementation of the Cancer Center’s Data and Safety Monitoring Plan. Whether DSM activities are presented as part of a larger core, such as a clinical trials core, or as an independent core, the budget for this activity must be separately presented and justified. If a budget for the DSM functions is not separately distinguished in the CCSG application, it will not be reviewed and will not be funded.
To receive support for DSMP functions, the applicant will be responsible for providing the following:
The peer reviewers will be responsible for determining the following: