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The Front Line: Charles D. Blanke, MD, SWOG Chair


The Hope Foundation is Here to Fund Strategery

June 24, 2016 - The Hope Foundation, SWOG’s charitable arm, is offering an improved process for selecting programs for the 2017 funding cycle. The foundation is looking for new ideas that meet the strategic priorities of its board of directors – proposals that also align with SWOG’s priorities and the promises we’ve made to the National Cancer Institute and, thus, to our patients.

This announcement is geared toward out-of-the-box ideas that don’t fall under a current Hope award. This program is (mostly) aimed at gathering ideas for new initiatives. Hope wants to hear about ideas that:

  • Improve research
  • Improve education and training
  • Strengthen member engagement
  • Enhance accrual
  • Improve operational management
  • Note that Hope wants to support SWOG’s work on both the NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) and its Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) sides. Hope encourages you to think creatively and to think foundationally – about new ways of doing things to strengthen SWOG and even our NCI partners.

    Technically, this strategic proposal support isn’t new. Hope’s mission is to support SWOG, and for the past 20 years it has done just that. But the funding ideas haven’t been open sourced. They came directly from SWOG leadership or The Hope Board itself. This time, Hope is issuing a call to all SWOG stakeholders. This is a nice demonstration of how nimble our charitable partner is. The Hope board held its semi-annual retreat in April, when the idea of an open call came up. Board members also discussed ways to make their application and review processes more efficient. A mere two months later, this is all coming to fruition.

    So, think big and think boldly. Please help us do better work – and better meet the aims we laid out in our last NCI grant application. Note I will personally throw in $5 to the first person getting the “strategery” reference.

    To find out more, visit the Hope website. Note the August 1 deadline.

    P.S. Here’s a reminder to get your data mining ideas in for the cancer moonshot. Last week, I announced a call for research concepts that could come out of a list of 100+ NCTN trials submitted to the NCI. If you have a good hypotheses (or six) please contact your committee chair no later than July 15. For more info, see last week's post.


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