Research Advocacy Training and Support Program

Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Research Advocacy Training and Support (RATS) program trains colorectal cancer advocates to become the most educated patient voice at the research table.

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Through our Research Advocacy Training and Support (RATS) program, participants learn all about colorectal cancer research, from prevention and cancer biology to treatment, survivorship, and palliative care.

After completing extensive training, research advocates work in partnership with both academic institutions and cancer partners to improve the scientific field by lending their experience and expertise to the research process. Various panels research advocates serve on currently include: 

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Department of Defense (DoD) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Local Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)
  • State Cancer Coalitions

RATS graduates are well-versed, highly-skilled, and caring people who are lifelong learners and contributors to the research process. They’re committed to promoting achievement within the research community from bench science to community participatory research programs.

Our Research Advocates

Lovingly referred to as our “RATS,” these dedicated advocates complete our rigorous Research Advocacy Training and Support program and participate in research advocacy on a regular basis.

Join the Research Advocacy Training and Support Program

The RATS program is open to anyone who has been impacted by colorectal cancer (survivors, caregivers, and loved ones).

This is a unique program focused on the interests and needs of colorectal cancer patients and advocates. The program is limited (based on funding), but we select applicants who represent diverse backgrounds and interests, and are committed to dedicating at least two years to the program (a 24-month commitment is required).


All our research advocates need to have or be willing to develop the skills listed:

  • Flexible and ability to work in teams
  • Communicate effectively and listen actively
  • Be comfortable speaking in front of groups of people
  • Travel overnight several times during the project
  • Computer proficiency using programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents
  • Ability to take initiative and seek opportunities 

To be contacted when applications open and express your interest in becoming a research advocate, please click the button below. Let us know why you’re interested in joining our RATS program.

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