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Last Updated: 12/01/23

International Activities

Message from the OCCAM Director

The international activities of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) are focused on developing international collaborations to study various aspects of cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). OCCAM staff, along with other NCI colleagues promote international CAM research in the following ways:

  • providing training opportunities
  • organizing conferences
  • providing technical support for identification and characterization of new CAM agents, and
  • supporting research on development and testing of novel CAM therapies and applications of CAM within social, economic, traditional and cultural framework for the treatment of cancer.

This site describes some of OCCAM’s international activities, funding opportunities and NCI resources with a goal of helping potential international applicants. The resources listed here are not limited to CAM research and include all NIH supported research. It should be noted that not all funding opportunities are open to international institutions. This information is specified — in the Section III (Eligible Applicants) of all NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA). Please review examples of eligibility by visiting

This site provides links to:

  • Examples of international funded research projects to provide potential applicants with ideas on the scope of topics and the level of funding supported by NIH for international research
  • RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) website provides a comprehensive searchable database of NIH funded research. RePORT can be used by potential applicants to identify potential collaborators based on their research interest.
  • NIH resources on funding, which includes information about the NIH Guide, funding policies, and assistance with preparing applications
  • Descriptions of the various NIH funding mechanisms for the applicant to identify a suitable mechanism for funding
  • Examples of grant applications and summary statements to facilitate applicant’s understanding of NIH grants, and
  • Various NIH biologics, informatics, treatment and diagnosis evaluation resources

Since preparing a grant application for NIH funding is complex, it may be useful for first time applicants to collaborate with an NIH funded researcher to gain familiarity with grantsmanship. NIH funded researchers can be identified in RePORT and the scientific literature. Please contact program staff listed in the “Contact Us” section for assistance.