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Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program U.S. National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute

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General Information and Approval Procedures

CPFP Fellows are encouraged to participate in training courses relevant to their research. Prior approval is required to attend any training where a course or registration fee is involved. To initiate requests for training, a "Request to Attend Training" form [ Download: DOC] must be submitted at least sixteen weeks before the registration deadline. The CPFP Program Assistant will generate an electronic training form from the approved request and will forward it through appropriate channels to obtain administrative approval. NIH regulations mandate that all training be completed prior to the last three (3) months of a fellow's appointment.

Reimbursement of local travel expenses for meetings/conferences and training will not be authorized. This includes parking, mileage, public transportation, lodging, and meals. A local travel area is defined as: A temporary duty site is outside of the official duty station area, but within the vicinity surrounding it; and the site is a minimum driving distance of less than 50 miles, by the most direct route, from the employees office/permanent duty station and residence, the site is considered to be a part of the local travel area. This includes Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC.

NOTE: Fellows who attend training without written prior authorization are responsible for payment of all training expenses. No advance payment should be made to vendors/promoters of training courses without authorization.

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Training Cancellation Policy

Authorization to cancel or withdraw from approved training is required. Therefore, fellows anticipating having to cancel an approved training request should contact the CPFP Office immediately.

Fellows who fail to complete training without receiving prior supervisory approval may be subject to disciplinary action and liable to reimburse the NCI/NIH for all training costs incurred to the NCI/NIH. Additionally, future training requests may be denied until such time that: (1) the training is completed at no additional expense to the government; (2) the fellow reimburses the government; or (3) a waiver of the requirement for the fellow's reimbursement to the government is approved.

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CPFP Training Courses for CPFP Fellows

The following educational training activities are required for all Cancer Prevention Fellows:

Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention

  • Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course
    This four-week summer course provides specialized instruction on the principles and practice of cancer prevention and control. The course focuses on the concepts, methods, issues, and applications related to this field. Participants have the opportunity to gain a broad-based perspective of these subjects including resources, data, methods, and theories. Lifetime learning skills include critical appraisal of the literature and bibliographic search concepts and techniques.

  • Molecular Prevention Course
    A one-week course on molecular aspects of cancer prevention will follow the Principles and Practice course each year. It provides a strong background in the molecular biology and genetics of cancer and an overview of the basic laboratory approaches applied to cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular epidemiology, bionutrition, chemoprevention, biomarkers, and translational research. A weeklong program of lectures and laboratory demonstrations follows the Molecular Prevention course.

Grants and Grantmanship

Offered once yearly in the first full week of January (Monday—Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Introduced first in the winter 2000, the CPFP has made a Grants and Grantsmanship Workshop part of its regular curriculum for CPFP Fellows.

Fellows are required to participate in this four-day training program on extramural grant writing and review, which features experts from NCI and outside organizations. A grant-writing club following the workshop provides fellows with the opportunity to perfect their planned grant submissions.

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Effective Presentations

Offered twice yearly in January and February (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; specific dates will be announced each year)

All CPFP Fellows are required to take this 3-day course on organizing, composing and delivering scientific presentations to either a scientific or general audience in a clear, credible audience-focused manner. Other course topics are: recognizing and minimizing presentation distractions; handling stage fright; learning systematic approaches to prepare clear, focused presentations; fielding questions; using visual aids; and speaking credibly when preparation time is short.

For more information, please contact:

CPFP Public Speaking Trainer:

Jeanne Pasquariello
Potomac Training Associates
12001 Wetherfield Lane
Potomac, MD 20854
(Telephone) 301-330-4066
(Fax) 301-208-2118
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CPFP Colloquia

The CPFP Colloquia is a seminar series in cancer prevention and control organized by the Office of Preventive Oncology, which also administers the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. The seminar series runs during the academic year starting in September and ending in June and features leading investigators from the field and their recent research findings. Lectures are held in EPN conference rooms. Inviting and hosting a speaker is an excellent opportunity for fellows from the program to meet and receive mentoring from leaders in the area of the fellow's research interest.

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Fellows' Research Meeting

The Fellows Research Meeting is a weekly research seminar series in which cancer prevention fellows present their recent research activities. The seminars run from September to June and run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in EPS T41. Each fellow presents at one Fellows Research Meeting with more senior fellows starting earlier in the year than the newer fellows.

Fellows' Responsibilities

  • Fellows are asked to submit the title of their presentations to the Program Staff the month before their presentation.
  • Fellows are responsible for setting up the presentation equipment before their presentations (i.e., laptop and LCD projector).
  • Fellows are encouraged to use the Speaker Evaluation Form [PDF] as a guide to preparing their presentations.

Related Information

Locating presentation equipment (e.g., laptop computers, LCD projectors, laser pointers): Equipment for making presentations is located in the left hand side of the locked credenza in the EPS T41 Conference Room. Keys to the credenza are available from the Program Staff. If you need to borrow any equipment, please notify the Program Staff and use the sign-out sheet inside the credenza.

Please use the sign-out sheet inside the credenza if you borrow any equipment.

Reserving EPS T41 Conference Room: The EPS/T-41 Conference Room is available for rehearsing presentations by speaking with the Program Staff.

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CPFP Annual Fellows' Scientific Symposium

The Annual Fellows' Scientific Symposium is a full-day scientific retreat for CPFP fellows and staff that is organized by fellows with help from staff. Each year an organizing committee is formed in February to develop plans for the Symposium, which is typically held on the first Wednesday after Labor Day in September. Keynote speakers, poster presentations, and training activities have been included as part of the program in previous years.

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Other NCI/NIH Training Opportunities


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Other Training Opportunities

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Purchasing MPH Training Course Books, Course Materials, and Readings for MPH Training

Purchase of Course Books, Course Materials, and Readings

DO NOT purchase any books yourself. The CPF cannot reimburse fellows for books, course, materials, or other MPH related expenses directly.

Books and other course materials will be purchased through the CPFP office and sent directly to the fellow's place of residence or university bookstore.

Fellows are asked to provide the following information to our office:

  1. Name of bookstore or company where books are to be ordered from (this can be the university bookstore,, etc.). Include address, phone number, and/or online contact information (website).
  2. Course for which the book is being purchased
  3. Title of Book
  4. Author
  5. Product number (sku number, ISBN, etc.)
  6. Price
  7. New or Used?
  8. Shipping address or pick-up location (university book store)

Limited Amount Available for Reimbursement

  • $2,000 is the maximum amount available for course books, course materials, course software, and readings.

Reimbursement for Transportation Expenses

  • Reimbursement for mileage to and from school and parking are not provided by the CPFP.