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Engaging-U: December 21, 2010

Funding Opportunities

Pilot programs to increase shared decision-making regarding prostate cancer screening,
Deadline January 14, 2011

The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the Minnesota Department of Health and the American Cancer Society, Midwest Division are seeking applications from Minnesota-based organizations to pilot an approach to integrate shared decision making about prostate cancer screening into routine clinical practice.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include but are not limited to clinics or clinic systems, quality improvement organizations, health plans, and community-based organizations.

Available Funding: The total amount of funding available is $135,000. Up to two grants will be awarded.

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Friday, January 14, 2011 by e-mail.

Contact: Please contact Roshan Paudel, American Cancer Society- Midwest Division, roshan.paudel@cancer.org with any questions.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Live
Call for Proposals Deadline: February 7, 2011

Request for Proposals for interdisciplinary research projects that investigate topics related to food and health. The Institute will award up to one research grant of $50-100,000 in each of the following areas: food policy, diet-related disease prevention & health promotion, and food protection/safety.

The grants to be funded through this program must utilize novel and innovative approaches to answer potentially high impact research questions. The proposals should be highly interdisciplinary, including members from at least three distinct disciplines, and the research should have a high potential for growth and for becoming self-supporting over time. The most important criteria for funding are interdisciplinarity, innovation, potential impact, utilization of new collaborations, quality of the research proposal, and potential for future external funding.

The deadline for the proposals is Friday, February 7, 2011. Questions regarding the RFP's can be directed to hfhl@umn.edu. Visit their website for examples of past grants funded, http://www.hfhl.umn.edu/.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute
February 7, 2011

Request for Proposals for small research grants to fund student research and/or other activities related to broadening interdisciplinary learning in the areas of food, agriculture, and human health. The Institute will award a total of up to $30,000 for individual grants of $2,000-$10,000.

Funds will be distributed through a competitive review process. The grants to be
funded through this program must utilize novel and innovative approaches to answer potentially high impact research questions. The request should seek to establish cross-disciplinary learning and engagement. The funds should be designated for the direct support of research, but they may not be used to support a currently funded faculty-initiated research program.

The deadline for the proposals is Friday, February 7, 2011. Please go to the Healthy
Foods, Healthy Lives Institute website at http://www.hfhl.umn.edu for information
about the Institute and the full RFPs. In addition, questions regarding the RFPs
can be directed to hfhl@umn.edu.

Conference Information

Focusing on the First-Year Conference
Call for Proposals Deadline: December 23, 2011
Save the Date: February 16, 2011.

Mark your calendars for the bi-annual Focusing on the First Year Conference to take advantage of the opportunity to dialogue and strategize about academic and student development issues relating to first-year students. This conference will be held at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

All University faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend.Dr. Shane Lopez, works with Gallup on the correlation of hope and wellness to student success and retention. He will be talking about student success and retention through the lenses of social, community, physical, financial and career wellness.

All conference information can be found at:


Cancer Disparities Grand Rounds
February 15, 2011.

Please save the date for the inaugural Cancer Disparities Grand Rounds session. Judith Kaur, MD, Professor of Oncology, Mayo Clinic, will be presenting in room 1-450 Moos Tower from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2011.
Dr. Judith Salmon Kaur is the medical director for the Native American Programs of the Mayo Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Kaur's research also includes a special interest in women's cancers, particularly breast and cervical cancer. She is the Principal Investigator for a molecular markers study in breast cancer in American Indian and Alaska Native women and also a mammographic and clinical risk factor analysis study.