April 2013 Archives

Poster printing request form updated

Thanks to the SoN Business Office, a new poster printing request form is now available so you can order research posters for print production. Thanks in advance for completing and signing the form to assist in the efficient processing of procurement card charges. Send your completed form to SON_ONR@lists.umn.edu

Links to funding sources provided

The Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota regularly publishes lists of intramural funding opportunities. Upcoming deadlines for internal opportunities include:

  • The University Award for Global Engagement is to recognize faculty and staff for their contributions to global education, competency and cultural fluency. Nominations are due May 17. See the requirements.
  • CTSI Office of Community Engagement for Health annual pilot grants aim to generate pilot data that would subsequently allow for new extramural funding research. Proposal deadline is May 24. Learn more.
More resources:
~OVPR grant opportunities
~Internal UMN funding opportunities
~Extramural funding sources
~Grants.gov search tool

Sequestration updates available

An April 19 article in the Minnesota Daily reports UMN Vice President for Research Brian Herman as saying that the $749 million research enterprise will be largely unaffected this fiscal year, but the future is less certain. According to previous reports from OVPR and the UMN Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), possible future impacts from sequestration cuts could include:

  • Continuation awards may be reduced or not issued; or a reduction in scope of award could be negotiated
  • Plans for new grants or cooperative agreements may be re-scoped, delayed or canceled depending upon available resources
  • Cuts of up to 5.1 percent on existing awards
See the SPA sequestration repository to learn about impacts on sponsored projects. Check out the Congressional Budget Office reports for federal updates.

Join Healthy People 2020 webinar on April 24

The U.S. Office of Minority Health will host a free "Healthy People 2020" webinar on April 24 at 12 noon CDT to discuss the social, physical and economic factors that determine health outcomes. This presentation is part of the Spotlight on Health series designed to create healthy social and physical environments. Register here.

Lasker proposals sought

NIH is soliciting applications for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, an intramural-extramural opportunity supporting early stage clinical researchers. This two-phase program offers a unique bridge between the NIH intramural and extramural research communities. In the first phase, Lasker scholars receive five-to-seven-year appointments as tenure-track investigators with independent budgets that are subsidized by the NIH Intramural Research Program. In phase two, successful scholars become eligible for up to five years of NIH support within an extramural research facility or can choose to remain within the intramural program. Letters of intent are due May 24 and the application deadline is June 24. More information.

Federal grant opportunities available

Learn more about these federal funding opportunities:

NINDS Stroke Trials Network - National Data Management Center (U01)
(RFA-NS-13-016)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Deadline: August 14
AHRQ Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Career Development Program(K12)
(RFA-HS-13-008)/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Deadline: July 17
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)
Deadline: June 12
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Clinical Investigator Award (K08)
Deadline: June 12
Limited Competition: Shared Instrumentation For Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief (S10)
(RFA-OD-13-006)NIH/Div. of Program Coordination, Planning & Strategic Initiatives
Deadline: July 19
Limited Competition:Restoring Research Resources Lost Due to Hurricane Sandy(R24)
(RFA-OD-13-008)NIH/Div. of Program Coordination, Planning & Strategic Initiatives
Deadline: July 19
CMS Marketplace Navigator Grant
(CA-NAV-13-001)/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)
This opportunity involves federal funding to support State Partnership Navigators as part of the Health Insurance Marketplace based on the Affordable Care Act.
Deadline: June 7
Pediatric Suicide Prevention in Emergency Departments(U01)
(RFA-MH-14-070)/Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: October 18
Integration of Care and Support within the Health System to Support Better Patient Outcomes
(RFA-674-13-000003) /USAID Foreign Assistance for Programs Overseas
Deadline: May 16

NIH issues reminder about late submissions

AHRQ Child & Adolescent Health Digest, April 19, 2013
Electronic System Issues: On-Time Grant Application Submission

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) issued a reminder of its "Policy for Handling Electronic System Issues that Threaten On-Time Grant Application Submission." This policy reviews what happens if a submission is delayed due to issues beyond an applicant's control. Learn more.

Midwifery explored

Tune in Sunday at 7 p.m. for the next segment of "Call the Midwife" on Twin Cities Public Television. In its second season, the show is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, a 1950s midwife in London. Written by British screenwriter Heidi Thomas, the series runs until May 19 and you can watch full episodes of previous shows here.

Nursing loan repayments offered

Under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program is offered to nurse practitioners, certified midwives, nurse specialists and other healthcare providers to offset outstanding student loans in exchange for availability to practice healthcare among underserved populations. Various options include two and four-year commitments with funds ranging between $30,000 to $60,000. See the guidance for more information.

AHRQ publishes women's health statistics

AHRQ logo.bmpIn 2009, millions of U.S. women age 18-to-39-years sought medical care for mental disorders (6.4 million), asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (5.5 million), bronchitis and upper respiratory infection (5.3 million), and normal pregnancy and childbirth (5 million). To learn more see Statiscal Brief #403 published by the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ).

Check out minority health grant writing webinar

The U.S. Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) will host a free technical grant writing seminar on April 25 at 3 pm CDT. The "Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing" session will offer tips on how to write a strong federal grant proposal. Register here.

NIH funds Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts

The National Institutes of Health is offering two types of grants that will aid in recovery efforts for institutions affected by Hurricane Sandy. RFA-OD-13-199 is an administrative supplement to either extend up to two years a current grant or to provide a one-time stipend to replace damaged or lost equipment as a result of the storm. The other opportunity, RFA-OD-13-005, is an R21 grant to restore pilot research or data that may have been lost amid the disaster. Letters of intent are due May 19 for the R21; application deadline is June 19. Deadline to apply for the administrative supplement is June 12 but letters of intent are not required.

Proposals sought for food policy research

The UMN Food Policy Research Center seeks proposals due May 15 by trans-disciplinary teams involving a community partner and UMN faculty member. Two to three proposals with funding of up to $40,000 will be selected based on their public health, economic or environmental focus. See the Request for Proposal for details.

Rowan awarded eLearning grant

Congratulations to Mary Rowan, PhD, RN, CNM as a recipient of the 2013 "Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology" award from the U of M Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Her eLearning proposal entitled "Developing Effective Curricula with Digital Technologies for the Healthy Communities Innovation Center" is among 9 projects selected from more than 30 university applications.
~April 17, U of M Brief
~U of M digital campus

HHS 2014 budget proposes slight increase for NIH

Under the proposed 2014 budget submitted to Congress earlier this month, research funding would see a slight increase from last year. The FY 2014 budget proposal includes $967 billion for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) providing $80.1 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $3.9 billion from 2012. A total of 54 percent of the HHS budget is designated to Medicare, and 31 percent to Medicaid, amounting to an $854.3 billion price tag to fund the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Proposed biomedical research funding includes:

  • $471 million (a 1.5 percent increase equaling $274 million) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a total of $31.3 billion
  • a $228 million increase for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a total of $9.2 billion
  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) would receive a proposed $434 million budget
  • and a 1.3 percent increase for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) totaling $148 million is proposed
Mondaq projects that 83 percent of NIH funding will flow to extramural research supporting nearly 300,000 positions at more than 2,500 institutions. Eleven percent of the NIH FY 2014 budget will be funneled to intramural training and research activities. A total of $16.9 billion or 54 percent of the total NIH budget is targeted to fund some 36,510 grants. The Washington, DC-based Center on Budget Policy and Priorities reports that in 2012 about 2 percent of the overall $3.5 trillion federal budget went to science and medical research.Thumbnail image for HHS budget.bmp
~HHS budget in brief
~Proposed NIH 2014 budget.docx
~Dr. Francis Collins, MD statement about NIH funding
~Complete FY 2014 federal budget

PCORI to host funding webinar on April 23

On April 23 at 8 a.m. CDT the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will host a round table discussion via webcast to share its vision to build a national research data infrastructure. The session will allow time for questions so that participants can learn more about comparative effectiveness research. See the site for details.
~Register for the webcast
~Key PCORI funding cycle dates

Sequestration affects research budgets

Star Tribune, April 16
by Dan Browning
Minnesota stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in federal medical research funds this year as a result of the congressionally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that it will cut spending by 5.1 percent in fiscal year 2013, which ends Sept. 30. That translates into a nearly $20 million annual cut for Mayo, which gets about 40 percent of its $600 million in annual research funding from NIH. At the University of Minnesota, sequestration will reduce the money available to support students and postgraduate scholars who work on medical research projects, according to Dr. Brian Herman, vice president of research at the U and a professor of cellular and structural biology.Full article here.

NINR launches Twitter account

twitter logo.bmpThe National Institute of Nursing Research employs social media platforms and recently launched its Twitter account (@NINR) where you can follow developments and opportunities via tweets. Signing up for a Twitter account is easy but give some thought to your username. Not up for the hash tags and microblogging? You can subscribe to NINR's really simple syndication feed (RSS) and save it to your website bookmarks.

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