December 2012 Archives
The UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute is offering the following grants:
2013 Summer Advanced Research Program
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Summer Advanced Research Program, designed for current health sciences students with an interest in clinical or translational research. Applications due by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Students are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Program, designed to provide promising students from populations under-represented in research with knowledge, skills, and experience in health care research. Applications due by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013
Med City News
Dec. 4, 2012 - University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler told an audience of healthcare entrepreneurs and investors today that the University will launch two funds next year: a $20 million seed fund and $50 million national venture fund, pending approval from the university's Board of Regents. He spoke at the Mid America Healthcare Venture Forum in Minneapolis. Both funds will be led by Dr. Brian Herman, the new vice president for research at UMN. Full article.
The National Institute on Aging is offering funding through the R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program to support the successful execution of complex, multi-site clinical trials by developing a toolkit and manual of procedures and protocols. Total direct costs are limited to $450,000 over a 3-year period, with no more than $225,000 in direct costs allowed in any single year. Deadline to apply is Jan. 16. Full announcement here.
On Dec. 7 at the 105th meeting of the NIH advisory council meeting, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, shared critical initiatives and recommendations that are being proposed in order to sustain U.S. biomedical research.
Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH deputy director's blog
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Agency (HRSA) has several upcoming funding opportunities:
HRSA-13-216 Medical Home Implementation for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Apply at Grants.gov by Jan. 28
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health through the Kennedy Krieger Institute is offering maternal child health study funding for 10-week training programs with stipends of up to $3,500 each. Undergraduate students can apply for clinical, research and community engagement externships at one of three locations: Johns Hopkins University, University of South Dakota or University of Southern California. Apply now. Decision letters will be mailed in March.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released its notice of intent to publish Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCORI) funding opportunities perhaps as early as next month. PCORI covers a broad spectrum of grants that include:
~Patient-generated health outcomes using data, clinical decision support and technology
~Pilot projects to enhance comparative effectiveness research
~Mentoring, career development and training opportunities
~Electronic data infrastructure projects
~BEST (bringing evidence to stakeholders for translation) dissemination of research
~Deliberative approaches for projects with patient involvement
PCORI incorporates a five-step approach to projects based on a national priorities and research agenda. Please contact ONRS if you have questions or intend to submit an application.
PCORI $50,000 innovation challenge announced
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: spring, 2013
First Estimated Application Due Date: spring, 2013
Earliest Estimated Award Date: summer, 2013
Earliest Estimated Start Date: summer, 2013
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) recently published a notice of intent to continue the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (P50) grants. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will be available next month. See the related Sept. 28 notice on NIH's plans to consolidate multi-project applications.
NIA research and funding opportunities
by Jenni Laidman, Dec. 6, 2012
Medical professionals are among the most trusted people in the United States, a new Gallup survey shows, with 85% of survey respondents ranking nurses highest for honesty and ethics, followed by pharmacists (75%) and physicians (70%). Nurses, who have led the rankings for 11 consecutive years, were ranked "high" or "very high" for honesty and ethics among 85% of respondents. The survey has been conducted annually since 1976, and nurses were first included in 1999. Sign up for a free Medscape account to read the article online or see the attachment.MedscapeArticle_NursesTrusted_12.06.12.pdf
The UMN Office of Information Technology (OIT) announced that the university's data center will be down for maintenance from Saturday Jan. 5 at 6 am through Sunday Jan. 6 at 6 am. This maintenance will affect all Academic Health Center information systems (AHC-IS) that include: file and web access, databases and university email. Contact the AHC-IS help desk at 612/626-5100 with questions or visit the OIT data center operations services site for details.
The Health Resources & Services Administration seeks proposals that demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality healthcare services in rural, remote and underserved communities. Competition ceiling is $2,250,000 with an estimated 9 awards available totaling about $250,000 each for a 3-year project period.
Applications are due Feb. 13. See the announcement and HRSA_Telehealth_12.14.12.pdf for details.
The UMN Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals from regular faculty on all campuses for its Faculty Interactive Research Program. The program encourages research projects that involve a significant urban-related public policy issue for the state or its communities, and that include active engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue. Deadline is Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m. More information and instructions.
The UMN Office for Public Engagement is seeking applications for the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, an international award recognizing exceptional student community engagement and community service. The award also financially supports up to $7,500 for ongoing work of university-based civic initiatives. Nominations are due Feb. 8, 2013. Questions? Email Amber Cameron.
Legislature is to change debate in oversight by physicians
by Maura Lerner, Dec. 13, 2012
For years, nurse practitioners in Minnesota have been able to see patients only in association with a licensed doctor. But a governor's task force says it's time to let those nurses work independently -- in part, because of a coming shortage of primary care physicians. Full article.
The Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces a Medicaid Expansion and Reproductive Health Care for Women grant opportunity. Proposed research will study the use of medical services and health outcomes among low-income women of reproductive age (15 to 44 years) using Medicaid data tied to key maternal and child health data sets. Total estimated program funding is $1,250 with an award ceiling of $250,000. Letters of intent are due Feb. 4 and deadline to apply is March 4, 2013. Learn more.
The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks applicants for its
Limited Competition: Practice-Based Research to Improve Self-Management Support (PRISMS) R18 grant. Proposals are encouraged that will evaluate the effectiveness of a library toolkit of (SMS) self-management resources that was developed by AHRQ to support patients in their self-care activities. The number of awards (ceiling of $500,000) is contingent upon appropriations and the volume of applications, however, AHRQ intends to make 1 award in FY 2013 over an 18-month period. Deadline to apply is Jan. 13 and details are here.
The Agency Health Research and Quality seeks applications for AHRQ Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development awards (K08). The purpose of this program is to support individuals with a clinical doctoral degree, Ph.D. or other doctoral degree in clinical disciplines such as clinical psychology, nursing, speech-language pathology, audiology or rehabilitation. This opportunity is open to new researchers or those who had a hiatus in their research careers because of illness or family circumstances. The anticipated number of awards are based on funding availability and the earliest date to apply is Jan. 13. See the standard due date schedule and the announcement for details.
from the National Institutes of Health, Dec. 7, 2012
NIH will launch initiatives to strengthen biomedical research and sustain global competitiveness of the U.S. scientific community. Faced with biomedical research workforce challenges and the storage and use of large biomedical datasets, NIH Director Francis Collins, MD-PhD, has charged an advisory committee to develop multiple recommendations. Learn more.
Mark your calendars!
Nursing Research Day 2013 is set for April 26 at McNamara Alumni Foundation from 8 am to 3 pm.The 2013 theme, "Innovation through Research and Evidence-based Practice," will feature Dr. Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, from the University of Pennsylvania. Her nursing science focus includes informed decision making through information technology and evidence-based practice. Contact Ann Garwick or Christi Powers for more information.
by Rebecca Harrington, Dec. 11, 2012
All Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy can do is watch, wait and hope for good news. With time running out for Congress and President Barack Obama to reach a compromise before looming automatic tax increases and spending cuts send the federal budget over a fiscal cliff, Mulcahy says the University of Minnesota's research budget is in jeopardy.
Related op-ed by Sen. Al Franken in the Star Tribune, Dec. 12
The UMN Center for African American Men's Health seeks letters of intent for proposals that will be funded from $100,000 to $150,000 for 2 to 5-year projects. Research focus should be on social, economic, cultural, environmental, biological, genetic and clinical factors of racial disparity in CVD, stroke, cancer, and unintentional injuries and risky behavior across the lifespan of African American men. Co-sponsored by UMN, University of Alabama and Johns Hopkins University, the letters of intent, along with a one-page research concept, should be sent to Lisa Rogers at email@example.com by 4 pm on Dec. 14, 2012. Notification of invitation to submit a full project will be Dec. 16, 2012 and proposals are due Jan. 16, 2013. See the announcement for details.
As part of its Campaign for Nursing's Future program, the Johnson & Johnson Company has launched an Amazing Nurses Contest to recognize nursing leaders and to encourage excellence in the profession. Since its inception in 2002, this multi-year, $50 million national initiative works in cooperation with professional nursing organizations, schools, hospitals and other healthcare groups to promote opportunities and increase awareness of the value of the nursing profession. See the list of financial assistance opportunities for nursing students.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) monthly News in Health newsletter features information on a series of behavioral health videos that are available online or through the NIH YouTube channel. Topics range from substance abuse, to mindless eating, to diabetes management.
NIH YouTube vodcasts
The NIH is considered to be the nation's medical research agency. It includes 27 institutes and centers within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a federal agency that supports basic, clinical and translational medical research.