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Californians Linking Action with Science for Prevention of Breast Cancer (CLASP-BC): Phase 1 Convener

A funding opportunity to advance the primary prevention of breast cancer by developing, disseminating, implementing, and evaluating high-impact population-based primary prevention interventions

This initiative aims to advance the primary prevention of breast cancer by developing, disseminating, implementing, and evaluating high-impact population-based primary prevention interventions with a focus on California’s culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse and medically underserved communities. This will build on the CBCRP-sponsored Paths to Prevention: the California Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan by leveraging existing community cancer and chronic disease prevention efforts and focusing on identified risk factors for breast cancer. This work will be carried out in two phases. Phase 1 will focus on: 1) Understanding the breast cancer concerns and prevention priorities of community leaders, researchers, practitioners, and policy experts across California; 2) Engaging community and opinion leaders, research, practice, and policy specialists in regional California meetings to identify opportunities for working together in breast cancer prevention coalitions based on shared concerns and priorities; and 3) Helping build community-partnered participatory research and dissemination and implementation research capacity and research engagement within these coalitions. Phase 2 will fund the implementation of strategies generated in Phase 1.

CBCRP is sponsoring a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Convener to carry out Phase 1 of CLASP-BC. Any individual or organization in California may submit an application. The research must be conducted primarily in California.

Download the RFP below:

Full Request for Proposals (RFP)

Application materials are available through CBCRP's SmartSimple application and grant management system.

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm PDT on July 21, 2021.

For questions or more information, contact CBCRP Program Officer Nick Anthis at or (510) 987-0358

Specific Aims and Activities

The purpose of CLASP-BC is to link the lessons learned from science (“knowledge to action”) with the lessons learned from practice and policy (“action to knowledge”). In doing so, it will broaden the reach and deepen and expand the impact of evidence-informed interventions (EIIs) on breast cancer and chronic disease prevention initiatives across California, focused on common risk factors. The goals of this funding initiative will be achieved over two proposed funding phases. The focus areas of Phase 1 are coalition building, coalition capacity building through community engagement, cooperative and collaborative community-partnered participatory research (CPPR), and training in CPPR and dissemination and implementation research. The specific aims of phase 1 are as follows:

  1. Engage community leaders from ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse and medically underserved California communities to understand their breast cancer prevention priorities in relation to other community health priorities.
  2. Engage community leaders and research, practice, and policy specialists to understand their breast cancer prevention priorities in relation to the dissemination and implementation of evidence informed interventions.
  3. Support CBCRP in providing training and technical assistance to research teams in conducting successful CPPR/D&I research.

The Convener for CLASP-BC Phase 1 will carry out these specific aims in collaboration with CBCRP. Phase 1 will be organized around three primary activities:

  1. Concept Mapping. The Convener will organize a state-wide Concept Mapping activity focused on identifying community, research, practice, and policy priorities for breast cancer prevention that align with other broader public health priorities (e.g. increasing physical activity, reducing exposure to environmental pollutants). The Convener will invite interested parties to participate in the Concept Mapping activity.
  2. Regional Meetings. The results of the Concept Mapping analyses will be the basis for multiple one-day regional meetings across California, organized by the Convener, where participant constituencies that share similar breast cancer prevention priorities will be invited to attend. The Convener will use the concept mapping results to help conceptually organize the regional one-day meetings of potential applicants and co-funding organizations.
  3. CPPR/D&I Training Workshop. In addition, two-day proposal preparation workshops will be organized by the Convener and designed by CBCRP (see Appendix A) for existing or emerging coalitions interested in potential Phase 2 funding. These meetings will provide CPPR and D&I research tools and guidance as well as coalition exercises to help potential applicants develop more responsive and competitive proposals for Phase 2 funding.

Project duration and budget cap

CBCRP intends to fund one Phase 1 Convener award.

  • Maximum direct cost budget: $800,000
  • Project duration: 18 months