Our mission


We represent CFAR CABs as a national advocacy group and resource for community involvement in National CFAR Initatives. We are also a resource for the creation, development, and sustainability of CFAR CABs.

The NCCC serves as a resource for the creation, development and sustainability of CFAR Community Advisory Boards.

With 40+ members from 18 CFARs across the country, the National CFAR CAB Coalition is a lively and active body that pursues its mission through four primary working groups: Mission & Operations; Communications; Community & Scientific Engagement; and Mentorship and CAB Development.





  • Share community ideas and concerns at national CFAR meetings

  • Encourage the establishment and maintenance of active CABs at all CFARs

  • Provide community centered feedback and consultation regarding future Cross CFAR Initiatives

  • Provide expertise on community ideas to RFA development of CFAR grants (i.e. Developmental Awards, New Investigator Awards, etc)

  • Centralize services and resources for individual CFAR CABs




























  1. Hosted five successful Cross-CFAR national meetings with representation from 65 delegates of 18 existing CFAR CABs

  2. Conducted education, training and assessments of 8 CFAR CABs

  3. Four community derived presentations at National CFAR SBSRN meetings (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

  4. Developed CFAR CAB Mentoring Toolkit

  5. Provided protocol review training for 15 CFAR CABs (2011)

  6. Provided technical assistance to CABs integrating across CTU Networks

  7. Provided technical assistance to CABs incorporating more youth into their work

  8. Pilot tested "Safety Net Reboot" at Harvard (2016)

  9. Pilot tested CAB activity tracker at Penn (2018)


























  • Expanded pilot of CAB activity tracker (April 2019)

  • Development of Needs Assessment of CFAR CABs

  • Development of CAB Effectiveness Tool

  • Expanded Pilot implementation of "Safety Net Reboot" and "Hands-on Science Take Out kits" (Fall  2019)

  • Host annual National CFAR CAB Meeting at University of North Carolina in conjunction with CFAR Director’s Meeting (Nov. 2019)



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