The National Cancer Institute’s Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Program
The NCI Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) program provides NCI-wide support for broad-based, investigator-initiated informatics technology development. The driving vision for the program is to advance informatics technology to enable the acquisition and integration of cancer research data and knowledge across all cancer research domains to accelerate our understanding of cancer and to improve patient treatment and clinical care delivery. ITCR is structured with four FOAs that support the lifecycle of informatics technology development: 1) An R21 mechanism to support development of innovative informatics methods and algorithms; 2) A U01 mechanism to support early-stage software development; 3) A U24 mechanism to support advanced development of existing tools; and 4) A second U24 mechanism to support the sustainment of highly-accessed tools. ITCR -supported technologies represent a broad range of cancer informatics including cancer genomics, medical informatics, in vivo image analysis, pathology image analysis, data visualization, radiation therapy planning, among other research areas.