Northwestern Medicine EDW Cancer Projects Program 2021-2022

NMEDW Cancer Projects Program

The Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW) Cancer Projects Program is an initiative to help members of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (Lurie Cancer Center or LCC) jump-start un- or underfunded research projects. The grant provides NMEDW analyst time to obtain data ​in support of a project. Any subsequent NMEDW work should then be funded by other funds.

Eligibility and Prerequisite

  • Eligibility is limited to LCC members leading (or who have a significant role in) a project that lacks other funds to cover NMEDW analyst time.
  • This grant is limited to 12 hours of NMEDW analyst time. 
Application Considerations

The following things should be considered by the investigator when submitting:

  • The scope of the data being requested should be limited or targeted so that the number of analyst hours falls within 12 hours (NMEDW average data request is 8-12 hours).
  • On a case-by-case basis, LCC may consider an extension of hours. If this is requested, a second application is required.
  • The turnaround time for submissions is subject to the availability of analyst time. Requests will be considered in the order in which they are received. Please consider this and allow adequate lead time before any deadlines.
  • Funding is limited, and therefore not guaranteed.
The following things will be considered in evaluating submissions:

  • All submissions must include a LCC member who is either the project PI, co or sub-investigator or mentor for a trainee project.
  • All projects requiring IRB approval must be submitted to the LCC’s Clinical Trials Office (submit to SRC.CCSG@northwestern.edu). Approval of applications will be on hold until confirmation of this submission is obtained.
  • Proposals addressing specific hypothesis, or a well-defined feasibility question will be favored over open-ended queries or "fishing expeditions."
  • Department chairs may be asked to affirm that alternate funding is not available.
  • Projects that best take advantage of the strengths of the NMEDW will be favored.
  • Proposals from early-stage investigators (assistant professor or postdoctoral fellow) will be favored over more senior investigators.
Application Process

The abstract (maximum length 4000 characters or approximately 650 works) should describe your project in non-technical terms (remember, NMEDW data analysts do not have your domain expertise). Be sure to address the following:

  • Describe the project in high-level terms, including hypotheses.
  • Describe the data you need, including the subject population and data points. Be reasonably detailed with these descriptions (don't say "I need all labs"; say "I need hemoglobin A1c values from 2005 to present").
  • Any request for PHI must be well justified and may require prior IRB approval.
  • Provide information about the planned grant submission, including any due dates or specific data requirements.
Within one week of your submission, you can expect to hear from a representative of the LCC on the status of your application. You will be notified via email once a decision has been made. For all approved applications, a NMEDW team member will contact you within 10 days, confirming receipt of your submission and following up with any further questions. You will meet with an NMEDW analyst to scope the data requirements and determine the actual number of analyst hours awarded. The analyst will then provide a service agreement, describing the requirements you’ve agreed upon, for you to sign.

For more information, contact Dan Schneider.