August 2011 Archives

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S.citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

More detailed information and an online application can be found at

Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or

The National Institutes of Health Common Fund recently posted two funding opportunities. The NIH Director's Pioneer Award supports innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research. Deadline is Oct. 7. Applications do not require preliminary data or detailed budgets and provide up to $2.5 million over 5 years. Read RFA-RM-11-004 for detailed instructions on how to apply.

The NIH Director's New Innovator Award supports highly innovative research for new investigators with awards up to $1.5 million over 5 years. Deadline is Oct. 14 and details are available here. The NIH expects to make at least seven Pioneer Awards and at least 33 New Innovator awards in summer 2012.

By receiving the Clinical and Translational Science Award, the University of Minnesota is now required by NCRR and NIH to ensure an acknowledgment of the CTSA in any publications that result from UMN CTSI assistance with a project.

When to acknowledge CTSA support
Please note that assistance is not limited to monetary support (e.g., pilot grant funds), but also includes use of CTSI space, consultation with CTSI faculty or staff, and use of any CTSI Internal Service Organization services (Project Management, Clinical Research Coordinators, Nursing and Nutritional Services, Biostatistical support, and Regulatory assistance such as IND/IDE support, clinical trial monitoring, or support).

How to acknowledge CTSA support
All publications resulting from the use of CTSI resources are required to credit CTSA by using the text below.

"This publication [or project] was supported by Grant Number 1UL1RR033183 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CTSI or the NIH. The University of Minnesota CTSI is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium created to accelerate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients."

Learn about new treatments for genetic neurologic disorders. Dr. Chester Whitley is the next featured speaker for the CTSI Science Café on Sept. 22 at 7:30 AM in Coffman Memorial Union's Mississippi Room. Dr. Whitley will discuss his clinical research that spans a spectrum of metabolic and enzyme deficiencies resulting in conditions such as Hurler syndrome, Hunter syndrome, Gaucher disease, Sanfilippo syndrome and Tay-Sachs disease. Contact Christi Powers for more information.

The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics has released their 2011 Request for Research Proposals, offering up to $3 million in total costs. Awards of any size will be considered; most proposals will be in the $200,000 to $1,000,000 range. 

Application deadline: September 30, 2011.

Criteria for funding include:

 - Must be a joint project that the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota could not perform individually
-  Applications in all areas related to human health and disease are eligible
-  Novel applications of recent advances in biotechnology, genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics to significant issues in human health are strongly encouraged
-  Must advance the understanding of a disease or disease process
-  Must have a high expectation for success
-  Must outline goals that will be completed in two years
-  Expected to result in a successful NIH application (eg, PPG or large R01) from each funded joint research project within 2 years
-  Addresses an issue in disease prevention, diagnosis, or therapeutics
-  Leads to the development of a commercializable product (preferred)

Contact Tucker LeBien, PhD, at or 612-626-1422 for more information.

On Monday, August 1, CTSI released a new web-based system to request research support services, such as project management, regulatory support, clinical procedures, and biostatistical collaboration. The new Request for Services system is part of the launch of the Clinical Translational Research Portal, designed to provide personalized, secure access to research project information for investigators, study teams, and administrators.

The previous system will remain available in a read-only format for your convenience.

CTSI will continue to review new projects and applications during this transition and there will be no interruption in the review process.

Please note that initial functionality of the Portal is designed to help CTSI manage our clinical research services function: intake of new projects; tracking services provided to research teams; and invoicing for those services. Additionally, with the recent receipt of the CTSA grant, the new Request for Services system helps CTSI collect information about projects required for reporting to the NIH.

Additional functionality will be developed in the coming months and years. The development team is committed to and actively engaged in aligning all CTSI systems with University systems, such as the Solutions for Integrated Research Compliance (SIRC) project. Our goal is for the Portal, while first designed to meet CTSI's core business needs, to become an efficient mechanism for accessing and sharing accurate, timely information among the clinical research community.

Please contact the CTSI Front Door at 612-625-2874 or for assistance.