CAFE - Common Application Framework Extensible

Membership, Publications & Grants

CAFE is used to track Cancer Center membership, publications, and grants. This tool could save your administrators and members thousands of hours of time to record and report on this information. This application is being used by, or in development with 9 cancer centers currently. Contact us for a demonstration.

Membership & Grants

CAFE tracks details of each member, as well as their biosketch and other documents.

Grants, including program allocation, PIs and Co-PIs.

Programs and membership

Shared Resources

CAFE contains all required NCI reports, as well as additional internal administrative reports.


Publications are automatically downloaded from PubMed for each Cancer Center member, and members use a website to verify their publications.

Administrators can manually maintain publications for members, see who has not been responding, and send email reminders.

Program leaders can choose which publications they want to be included for competitive and non-competitive CCSG reporting. Inter & intra programmatic calculations are done automatically, and multi-institutional and high impact journal desginations can be shown.



"I find CAFE overall the best compared to other databases I have used."
- Judy Villablanca, Associate Professor Clinical Pediatrics, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Medical Director, NANT

"I now always plan to incorporate the very reasonable costs of development of a CAFÉ database in my new grant submissions."
- Ann S. Hamilton, Ph.D.

"I can't speak highly enough of the skill and helpfulness of the Informatics Team at USC Norris. ...Informatics developed a customized version of CAFÉ that has proved to be a perfect fit for us in seminar event planning, tracking of program participants and more."
- Michelle Levander, Director, The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships

"Three years ago, the KSOM Research Advancement Office approached the Cancer Center Informatics Research Core (CRIC) about developing a grant awards and space occupation database for us to manage our $200M plus grant portfolio and KSOM’s 960,622 net square feet of space. (CRIC) worked closely with us to create a comprehensive database that is user friendly and invaluable in our day to day operations."
- Linda Mizushima, USC KSOM
- Janet A. Stoeckert, USC KSOM

"...Adding fields to café for capturing other unique information needed for reports can generally be done by CRIC quickly and efficiently."
- Kay Johnson

"I have found that just about any (CAFE) configuration is possible...(and) my staff members have found the databases easy to use."
- Ann S. Hamilton, Ph.D.

"The team has done a fabulous job developing the data management system and has been extremely responsive to any “tweaking” needed. As we submit our U01, I will definitely continue to use CAFÉ... It has far exceeded my expectations."
- Sharon A. Cermak
Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California