November 2012 Archives

AHRQ updates its policy information

Check out the updated AHRQ policy, procedure and guidance information related to grants. Considerations such as human subject protection, privacy, Freedom of Information, healthy people objectives, use of data, publications and health literacy are addressed. For details, go to:

UMN launches global assistance program

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UMN has put together a team to help researchers conduct research abroad. Global Operations is a new initiative that brings together experts in the areas of tax, insurance, purchasing, border compliance, human resources and infrastructure barriers. See a list of past projects and the advisory team overseeing the GPS Alliance. Contact Stacy Tsantir with questions 612/625.5107.

Graduate research stipends available for 2013

The Center for Health Equity and CTSI are offering 2013 advanced research program stipends for up to $560/weekly to be used between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2013. Doctoral students in the health sciences are encouraged to apply, particularly those from underrepresented populations. Applications are due by noon on Jan. 29, 2013. See the announcement for details or attend one of the informational sessions:
Nov. 27 - noon to 1 pm, Moos Tower 2-118
Dec. 4 - 12:15 to 1 pm, Moos Tower 2-580
Lunch is provided. Contact Megan Hoffman with questions 612/626.4120.CHE-CTSI logo.bmp

Kudos to Dr. Corjena Cheung

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Hartfordlogo.bmpCongratulations to new SoN faculty member, Dr. Corjena Cheung, who recently was selected as a 2013 Hartford Center pilot grant recipient for her proposal entitled "Comparison of the Effects of Hatha Yoga with General Aerobic and Muscle Strengthening Exercises in Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis."

Online research mentor training available

Check it out! A free, online mentor development course is now available to prepare UMN faculty to be effective research mentors for junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students."Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring," was developed by the Academic Health Center, in conjunction with CTSI, under leadership from Drs. Anne Marie Weber-Main, Esam El-Fakahany and Janet Shanedling. The 5-module course takes from 90 to 120 minutes to complete and contains a survey and mentoring action plan. Register here.

MNRS seeks new investigator seed grant applications

The Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) will also award seed grants of up to $10,000 for new nursing science investigators conducting either quantitative or qualitative research on any topic relevant to nursing science. Submissions are accepted until Nov. 30, 2012. See the site for the instructions and application checklist. MNRS logo.bmp

MNRS to offer dissertation awards

The Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) will offer 2013 awards for qualified candidates with dissertations that best represent the advancement of nursing and science practice. Each MNRS dissertation grant recipient will receive up to $2,500. Deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2012. For additional information see the site.

The National League of Nursing (NLN), in conjunction with MNRS, is also offering doctoral funding of up to $2,500 per award for research that will increase nursing education science. Deadline to apply is Jan. 17, 2013. Learn more.

2013 MNRS student poster finalists selected

Congratulations to School of Nursing PhD, DNP, MN and undergraduate students who will represent the University of Minnesota at the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) annual research conference in Chicago, March 7-10, 2013. Poster competition finalists include: Mel Bors, Shanda Demorest, Catherine Erickson/Sara Romanski, Jocelyn Bessette Gorlin, Jodi Kurtz, Suzanne Le, Ann Terry and Michelle Ophaug/Jung In Park.

Undergraduate research funding available.

CTSI and the Center for Health Equity seeks applications that will provide research training and funding to scientific conferences for UMN minority undergraduate students. The 2013 Undergraduate Research Program (URP) offers a $424/week stipend for 10 to 12-week period from June 1 and Aug. 30, 2013. Up to 10 awards are available and applications are due Tuesday, Jan. 29. See the announcement for details.

NIH seeks input on Alzheimer's clinical trials

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Thumbnail image for NIH logo.bmpThe National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging is requesting feedback and information from organizations sponsoring or conducting studies on Alzheimer's disease for input, information and strategies for increasing enrollment in Alzheimer's and related clinical trials. Email responses are due March 15, 2013. See the Request for Information for details.

Free start-up seminar for UMN researchers

The UMN Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) will host a free networking session about the creation of new companies based on university technologies, Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 pm at the Campus Club. Agenda includes a university start-up process overview and a keynote presentation by Mike Berman, a medical device entrepreneur who serves on eight new medical device companies. Refreshments will be served. Register for the event.

Grant writing workshop offered

The UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is offering a Write Winning Grants seminar on Jan.16 from 8:30 to 4 pm at the Great Hall in the McNamara Alumni Building on campus. This comprehensive seminar addresses practical and conceptual aspects of NIH proposal-writing but is also geared toward other applicable federal funding agencies. Registration opens soon and there is a $75 registration fee. Contact CTSI Research Navigator Melissa Hansen for more information.

Free informatics workshop to be held Nov. 29

UMN researchers can sample a 'taste of informatics' at a free workshop hosted by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Office of Biomedical Health Informatics (BMHI), Nov. 29. from noon to 1 pm, room 2-690 Moos Tower.The event will show how informatics can support research. Zohara Cohen, informatics research manager at BMHI, and Genevieve Melton-Meaux, faculty fellow in the Institute for Health Informatics, will present an introduction to medical ontologies. Learn more and register.

Post-doc researcher sought

The UMN-Division of Health Policy & Management and Allina Health seek a post-doctoral researcher to join the LifeCourse evaluation team. Expected start date is Jan.1, 2013 and funding is available for up to two years along with fringe benefits. LifeCourse is an intervention designed to improve late life care for patients with end-stage cancer, heart failure, or dementia whose condition could lead to death within two years. The position is open until filled. See the position description for more information and how to apply.

AHRQ seeks conference funding applications

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced that funds are available to support conferences that involve research training, infrastructure and career development. This R13 conference grant will fund up to $35,000 per application but the size and duration of each award will vary depending on the conference design and scope. Proposals are due Feb. 1, 2013. See the announcement for details.

NIH videos emphasize personal responsibility for health

The National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)released four videos highlighting outstanding behavioral and social science research on mindless eating, risk-taking, diabetes management, and the evolution of skin pigmentation. The 7-minute videos, called Research Highlights, are available on both the OBSSR website and the NIH YouTube channel and feature prominent researchers describing their work and its implications for society.

NINR calls for 2013 graduate partnership program applications

PhD nursing students can apply now for the 2013 National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Graduate Partnerships Program, which is open to any doctoral student currently enrolled in a school of nursing. Preference is given to applicants with a commitment to a career as an innovative and creative leader in the nursing and scientific research community. Deadline to apply is Jan. 3, 2013 at 5 pm. Application details are here.

CTSI offers funding for advanced research doctoral summer program

CTSI has scheduled two upcoming information sessions to provide an overview of its 2013 Summer Advanced Research Program (ARP). You can learn more about how to apply on Nov. 27 at noon in Moos 2-118 or Dec. 4 at noon in Moos 2-580. The ARP offers up to $560/week of funding for a total of 8 to 12 weeks between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2013 so that students can participate in a structured core curriculum, mentored research projects, weekly research seminars, and a final mini-symposium to present research to other scholars and mentors. Up to 10 students will be selected and the deadline to apply is Jan. 29. See the site for details.

Seed grants available

The Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health requests applications for interdisciplinary seed grants from junior investigators to support women's health. The program is designed to mentor, oversee and offer pilot funds for interdisciplinary research that focuses on any aspect of women's health or sex-gender differences. Letters of intent are due Nov. 19 and the proposal deadline is Jan. 9, 2013. Learn more. For more information contact Jennifer O'Brien at 612.626.4860.

Request for intramural eLearning proposals

The UMN Academic Affairs-Provost's office invites applications from undergraduate degree-granting programs at UMN. The multi-year financial support is intended to enhance curricula through digital technology improvements and upgrades by developing and improving new media or web resources for undergraduate education programs. Applicants may request up to $35,000/year for 2 years of support and proposals are due by 5 pm on Jan. 31. See the requirements or download the RFP guidance.

Proposal support offered

In a recent update, Provost Karen Hanson mentioned the Interdisciplinary Proposal Preparation Support Program that provides a minimum of $2,500 in matching funds to offset administrative costs, such as temporary staff or student employees, so that regular staff can help prepare proposals and interdisciplinary grants. Applications for this stipend must be received 60 days before a grant application is due. See the site for details and restrictions.
- Related: Task Force Report: Office for Academic Administration, UMN System Review

Nursing Research Seminar held Oct. 25

The Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship held a seminar last month that featured tips and recommendations from experienced NIH grant reviewers. Drs. Linda Chlan, Joe Gaugler and Diane Treat-Jacobson participated in a discussion moderated by Dr. Ann Garwick and described their views and recommendations on what NIH grant reviewers are looking for when scoring a federal application. Listen to the hour-long presentation.

CTSI calls for collaborative health equity proposals

The goal of the Wisconsin-Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Collaborative Health Equity program facilitates cross CTSA translational research that address minority health issues. UMN will join the University of Wisconsin for a joint contribution of one award not to exceed $150,000 in direct costs for 18-24 months. Projects may be an extension of other work, but cannot overlap with any funded project or be used as bridging support for projects for which funding has lapsed. Letters of intent are due Dec. 8 and proposal invitations will be issued by Dec. 14. More information.

Three types of funding opportunities offered by CTSI

The UMN-Clinical and Translational Science Institute has issued three separate Requests for Applications (RFAs) Requests for Applications: programs for clinical and translational research career development for junior investigators building independent research careers. Eligibility ranges from assistant professor rank (≤ 4 years) to associate professor rank (≤ 7 years). Applications due Monday, Dec.10 at noon.
- New Investigator Pre-K Pilot Grant
- K to R01 Transition Grant
- 2nd R01 Pilot Grant
You can submit an application online or download it from the CTSI website.

OVPR announces new VP

Dr. Brian Herman, from the University of Texas, has been named the next UMN Vice President of Research and replaces Tim Mulcahy who will retire in December. Herman is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of cell death and the application of optical imaging technology to study cellular activity. He will assume his new post on Jan. 13 and will oversee all aspects of UMN's research enterprise. More here.

NRSA overview slated for Nov. 26

Join School of Nursing faculty and doctoral students on Monday Nov. 26 from 10:30 am to noon in WDH 6-108 for an overview of the National Research Service Award
program. The NRSA award is named after Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein who was the first female director of the National Institutes of Health, and a champion of training and research for underrespresented individuals in the scientific workforce.

Drs. Lyn Bearinger, Diane Treat-Jacobson, Linda Chlan, Siobhan McMahon and NRSA recipient, Erica Schorr will describe and discuss processes, lessons learned and their preparation and review of NRSA applications. Contact Ann Garwick for information.

Intramural proposals sought

The UMN Orientation and First-Year Program office seeks proposals to learn more about student engagement. Poster presentation topics can include innovative programs on campus, national trends, cross-disciplinary collaborations or theoretical frameworks relating to the student first-year experience. Proposals are due Nov. 15 and the poster presentation sessions will take place Feb. 13 at Coffman Memorial Union from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Details are here.

Plans underway for new web conferencing system

Due to increased demand and waning capacity, UMN's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is planning to replace the existing web conferencing tool, Gopher Conferencing. Voice Network Services will discontinue Gopher Conferencing as of Dec. 31. There will be a cost for the new service. Learn more.

NAC will webcast meeting on Nov. 9

The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (NAC) will hold its quarterly meeting and interested persons can participate via webcast. Details:

Date: November 9, 2012
Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm EST
Public comment:11:45 am - 12 pm and 2:45 to 3 pm EST
Location: Eisenberg Building Conference Center, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD
Web cast: to view the meeting, go to
AHRQ contacts: Karen Brooks, (301) 427-1801 or Karen Migdail, (301) 427-1855

AHRQ 2014 clinical quality measures now available

The Agency for Healthcare Research recently published its 2014 clinical quality measures (CQMs) for health professional and hospitals. The portal is a comprehensive resource to access clinical quality measures and value sets.
- Government Health IT article, Oct. 29
- November AHRQ Research Activities Online newsletter

NLM calls for G13 scholarly proposals

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The NIH and the National Library of Medicine are seeking applications to provide funding to prepare book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works to add to a growing body of biomedical and health-related research. This G13 publication support will help to defray costs for several types of scholarly projects that include:
- Production of textbooks, curriculum materials, or online learning modules
- Production of works intended for lay audiences
- Initial reporting of original scientific research findings, including the initial publication of dissertation research
- Development of coding systems, ontologies, or vocabularies for computational use
- Publication of proceedings of meetings, conferences, or workshops
- Production of journals, reprints, other serials, or other costs of publishing such as author page charges
- Production of manuals, bibliographies, or catalogs
- Development, maintenance, or operation of databases
- Mass digitization of existing archives or print materials
- Work judged to have significant commercial viability

NLM anticipates making up to 5 awards per year amounting to $50,000 for direct costs. Letters of intent are due Jan. 13, 2013. More information.

NIH-U01 Alzheimer's funding offered

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The Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health announced a cooperative agreement (U01) funding opportunity to provide support for investigators to develop new drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease. Specifically, this initiative is aimed at researchers who have promising small molecule compounds but lack outside drug development expertise and infrastructure support to advance these compounds to the clinic. NIH intends to commit up to $1 million and a total of 5 awards for FY 2013 with direct costs not to exceed $125K per year. Letters of intent are due Dec. 14. See the research funding announcement (RFA) for details.

Kudo: Vital Sims project funded

Congratulations to Dr. Tom Clancy for the recent funding award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on a project in conjunction with Vital Simulations. The project will involve developing virtual simulation video games that will allow nursing students to obtain detailed knowledge of medical procedures to care for virtual patients.
Star Tribune article - June 29, 2012
Minnesota Daily - June 26, 2012
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal - Aug. 26, 2011

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