CARRA members receive both formal and informal training to help prepare them for participation in science and communications activities. The CARRA program provides links to online tutorials, conducts orientation teleconferences, and hosts a 2 ½ day peer review workshop for its members.
  • Online Resources for Advocates

    The Office of Advocacy Relations has created a list of helpful Web site resources to acquaint you with the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, various cancer topics, clinical trials, the grants process, epidemiology & statistics, and drug development.

  • CARRA Program Orientation for New Members
    A general orientation about the National Cancer Institute, and the roles and responsibilities of CARRA members is provided in a CARRA Orientation PowerPoint slide presentation.

  • CARRA Peer Review Training Workshop

    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has developed an innovative training curriculum and other resources to help consumer advocates become effective participants in the NCI peer review process. The Institute's Office of Advocacy Relations (OAR) has designed a 2 ½ day workshop curriculum for members of its Consumer Advocates in Research and Related Activities (CARRA) program. The workshop, Preparing Consumer Advocates to Participate in Peer Review, focuses on the scientific, technical, and cultural aspects of NCI peer review, and how advocates can more effectively represent the collective views of survivors, patients, and family members during the grant review process.

    Each workshop is conducted by a multidisciplinary training team, which includes consumer advocates, university scientists, NCI staff, and training facilitators. Applying adult learning principles, the collaborative team delivers technical presentations and serves as a resource for interactive small and large group discussions. Mock peer reviews are also conducted to demonstrate how grant applications are reviewed and scored, and how advocates address human subjects concerns during the peer review process.

    This section provides a variety of tools and learning materials from the workshop, Preparing Consumer Advocates to Participate in Peer Review.