October 2011 Archives

Please join Dr. Jasjit S. Ahluwalia to learn more and offer suggestions about the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Education, Training and Career Development programs and resources, including nearly $1 million in career development funding for junior investigators, with applications due December 16, 2011.

Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch will be served
Location: 717 Delaware Street S.E., Room 105

View and download the Education, Training and Research Career Development RFAs.

New Investigator Pre-K Pilot Program
The Pre-K Pilot Grant is available to Assist Professors (in rank ≤ three years) conducting clinical or translational research. It provides $50,000 research funds, $2,000 travel funds over two years, and requires a primary mentor and biostatistician faculty mentoring team. Up to two proposals will be award each year.

KL2 Scholars Program (RFA-3)
The KL2 Scholars Program is releasing its third cycle of RFAs. It is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ six years) conducting clinical or translational research. The program provides 75% salary support (up to $100,000 inclusive of fringe), $25,000 in research funds, and $1,000 travel funds per year for three years. It requires a primary, secondary and biostatistician faculty mentoring team. It includes weekly multidisciplinary seminars with BIRCWH (Women's Health K12) and CHRCDA (Child Health K12) programs. Up to three proposals will be award on this RFA cycle-3.

K to R01 Transition Grant
The K to R01 Transition Grant is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ seven years), conducting clinical or translation research. It provides $50,000 research funds over two years and requires a primary mentor and biostatistician mentoring team. Up to five proposals will be awarded each year. Applicants must have active K award (KL2, BIRCWH, K12, CHRCDA K12, Independent K award (K23, K07,etc) for ≤ four years at the time of application.

2nd R01 Pilot Grant
The 2nd R01 Pilot Grant is available to Associate Professors (in rank ≤ four years) or Assistant Professors conducting research in clinical or translational science. It provides research funds up to $75,000 over two years to secure pilot data to submit a second, new NIH R01 grant (not a competitive renewal), and requires a biostatistician collaborator. Up to four proposals will be awarded each year.

For questions, please contact Lori Bona: bona0038@umn.edu or 612-626-1566.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute announces a Request for Applications for four new training programs with up to $1 million in total funding available to support clinical and translational research career development. Programs are designed to support junior investigators as they build independent research careers.

Applications for all programs are due December 16, 2011 with a start date of March 1, 2012.

New Investigator Pre-K Pilot Grant
The Pre-K Pilot Grant is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ three years) conducting clinical or translational research. It provides $50,000 research funds, $2,000 travel funds over two years, and requires a primary mentor and biostatistician faculty mentoring team. Up to two proposals will be awarded each year.

KL2 Scholars Program (RFA-3)
The KL2 Scholars Program is releasing its third cycle of RFAs. It is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ six years) conducting clinical or translational research. The program provides 75% salary support (up to $100,000 inclusive of fringe), $25,000 in research funds, and $1,000 travel funds per year for three years. It requires a primary, secondary and biostatistician faculty mentoring team. It includes weekly multidisciplinary seminars with BIRCWH (Women's Health K12) and CHRCDA (Child Health K12) programs. Up to three proposals will be awarded on this RFA cycle-3.

K to R01 Transition Grant
The K to R01 Transition Grant is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ seven years), conducting clinical or translation research. It provides $50,000 research funds over two years and requires a primary mentor and biostatistician mentoring team. Up to five proposals will be awarded each year. Applicants must have active K award (KL2, BIRCWH, K12, CHRCDA K12, Independent K award (K23, K07,etc) for ≤ four years at the time of application. 

2nd R01 Pilot Grant
The 2nd R01 Pilot Grant is available to Associate Professors (in rank ≤ four years) or Assistant Professors conducting research in clinical or translational science. It provides research funds up to $75,000 over two years to secure pilot data to submit a second, new NIH R01 grant (not a competitive renewal), and requires a biostatistician collaborator. Up to four proposals will be awarded each year.

For questions please contact EdTRCD Coordinator Michelle Lamere, MPA at email: mlamere@umn.edu or telephone: 612-624-0619.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute just announced a $26 million Pilot Projects Grants Program ($13M per year for 2 years) that will support approximately 40 awards. Funding may be requested for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year for up to two years. 

Key Dates
October 18, 2011 - Webinar for interested applicants
November 1, 2011 - Required Letters of Intent due 
December 1, 2011 - Grant applications due
December 2011 - Completeness/Compliance/Eligibility Check
February 2012 - Merit Review
March 2012 - Reviewed Projects Provided to PCORI Board for Selection
May 2012 - Award Notification & Funding

Information about the program and how to apply is on the PCORI web site: http://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/pcori-funding-announcement-pilot-projects-grants/

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) releases its first Research Services Pilot Funding Program Request for Proposals (RFP). This program is designed to increase the competitiveness of UMN investigators for extramural funding. An RFP will be issued twice each year: in October (funding expected to begin in January) and in April (funding expected to begin in July).

The program provides in-kind research support services that allow investigators to gather preliminary data for clinical research projects. In-kind services are those services needed, after obtaining IRB approval, to carry out the research project and include Research Project Management, Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center (BDAC), Clinical Research Implementation Services (CRIS) services/support, Informatics Consulting Service (ICS), and Biomedical Ethics Consulting Service. Other services not provided by CTSI, such as specialty laboratory services and Fairview Investigational Drug Services, may also be covered by the award.

Projects seeking pilot funding should represent a new line of research or inquiry into issues that affect human health. Successful applications will show the promise of developing into long-term research projects that will attract larger grants from NIH or other federal, state, or private funding agencies.

A total of $100,000 is available in this award cycle. Awarding of approximately four (4) grants is expected by December 21, 2011.

Download the RFP.

Key Dates:

October 19                RFP released
November 4              Letter of Intent to submit a full proposal is due
December 2              Full Proposals due
December 5-16         Proposal review process
December 21            Awards announced

Questions? Call CTSI at 612-625-2874 or email ctsi@umn.edu.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have formed a first-of-its-kind group dedicated to improving the health of Minnesota's children.

On November 16, the group will host the first in a series of Research in Child Health Dinner Forums.

Purpose
The purpose of the dinner forum series, made possible through a $51 million CTSA-NIH Grant, is to gather pediatric research leaders and practitioners from Children's and the University of Minnesota as well as community-based child-health partners.

Together, the partnership, known as the Minnesota Children's Health Research Collaborative, will serve as focal point for broader collaborations to bring cutting-edge information to community practitioners and make them aware of clinical research opportunities.

First event: Childhood Obesity
The first of these forums will have a special focus on childhood obesity. The University of Minnesota's Aaron Kelly, PhD, a member of the Divisions of Epidemiology and Cardiology from the Department of Pediatrics at the UMN Medical School, and Jennifer Abuzzahab, MD, a Children's Endocrinologist will share updates on their collaborative obesity research.

Topic:         Childhood obesity (additional topics to follow in the coming months)
When:         Wed., Nov. 16, 2011, 6 p.m.
Where:        Children's Hospital and Clinics of MN - Minneapolis Education Center
Who:           Anyone interested in collaborative work on important child health topics
Why:           It is an opportunity to hear from your peers and learn about potential   opportunities to participate in clinical research.

RSVP:         Please contact Andrea Leinberger-Jabari at lein0072@umn.edu or (612) 624-4247 by Fri., Nov. 11 if you plan to participate in this important event.

The CTSI KL2 Scholars Program supports new clinical and translational research investigators through a three-year mentored training program. CTSI recently announced new recipients, beginning in fall 2011 and early spring 2012.

Scholars include:

Tetyana Shippee, PhD - Health Policy and Management
Cari Clark, ScD, MPH - Medicine
Terrence Adam, MD, PhD -- Pharmacy Care and Health Systems (March 2012)
Silvia Mangia, PhD - Radiology/CMRR (March 2012)
Maneesh Bhargava, MD - Medicine
Samir Khariwala, MD - Otolaryngology
Sarah Cusick, PhD - Pediatrics

Scholars continuing on the KL2 until February 2012 from a previous K12 program include:

Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD - Neurosurgery
Jason Baker, MD, MS - Medicine - Infectious Disease

The program offers:

- 75% salary support, up to $100,000 (inclusive of fringe benefits) for protected time for clinical/translational research career development
- $25,000 per year for technical assistance or supplies to assist in obtaining data
- Mentoring team support
- $2,500 per year for primary mentor
- Travel funds of $1,000 per year

The program is representative of the diversity of disciplines at the University of Minnesota, and spans the full spectrum of the clinical and translational research enterprise. "With this roster of outstanding scholars, the KL2 program is gaining great momentum and energy," says program director Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS. "We look forward to building a strong scholar community in the upcoming year."

For more information contact Michelle Lamere, MPA, EdTRCD Program coordinator.

Are you looking for a more efficient way to capture and manage your data? CTSI may be able to help with REDCap (or Research Electronic Data Capture), a secure web application designed exclusively to support data capture for research.

REDCap is available to UMN research teams at no costs, and this tool is fully supported by the Biostatistics Design and Analysis Center (BDAC) at CTSI. The BDAC team offers regular introduction sessions to help you determine if this is the right tool for your study. Contact CTSI for more information or visit the UMN REDCap website learn more.

The University of Minnesota's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR), and the Center for Health Equity (CHE) invite you to join the 2011 Community Pilot Grant Awards Poster Session and Dinner.

Join us for research presentations from the CTSI Collaborative Pilot Grant awardees, PHDR Pilot Grants in Health Disparities Research program, and student research poster presentations from the CHE Undergraduate Research Training Program. This poster session will also feature prior pilot grant awardees and the work of local community organizations dedicated to reducing health disparities.

Please mark your calendars to join us on:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
3:00 - 6:30 pm

Lutheran Social Services
2400 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404


Schedule:

3:00 pm - Poster session begins
5:00 pm - Dinner served
5:30 pm - Research Presentations


More information on the CTSI Collaborative Pilot Grant Program is available online at:
http://www.ctsi.umn.edu/community/pilot.shtml

More information on the Pilot Grants in Health Disparities Research Program is available online at:
http://www.healthdisparities.umn.edu/news/2011_PG/home.html