May 2013 Archives

Chronicle of Higher Education: Rejection and its discontents

May 20, 2013
by Michael J. Spires
The probability that a researcher will have a grant proposal rejected nowadays is about 1. In the current climate, in which grant agencies and foundations are receiving more proposals than ever before even as their budgets stagnate or shrink, the last few remaining decimal places of uncertainty are rapidly disappearing.

It is natural to feel disappointed, angry, hurt, and frustrated when a rejection notice arrives, and it's OK to give in to those feelings--in private, anyway. But you no doubt also want to know what went wrong. As a proposal-development specialist for a federal institution that does a lot of research, I have some suggestions on positive ways to respond, after you've done whatever grieving or venting you need to do. Read the article.

May 20 informatics presentation available

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The ONRS Nursing Research Seminar, "Transforming Nursing Research: Implications for Research Trajectories," featuring Dean Delaney and Drs. Henly, Monsen, was well attended on May 20, 2013. If you were unable to attend the final seminar of the semester, you can watch it here. Save the dates for upcoming Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship seminars:
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 - WDH, room 6-194 (*all from noon to 1 pm*)
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 - WDH, room 6-108
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 - WDH, room 6-194
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 - WDH, room 6-194
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 - WDH, room 6-194
Monday, March 3, 2014 - WDH, room 6-108

AHC offers mobile device management

The Academic Health Center Information Systems unit (AHC-IS) offers mobile device help for users with personally owned smart phones or tablets that are used to conduct university business. To do this, AHC-IS requests completion of a mobile device management solution form that begins the process to properly set up your mobile device for security updates and settings. Relatedly, the AHC Tech Center just celebrated its first year of service to help more than 1,000 people in their Diehl Hall library location. Contact 612/626-5100 or

Seminar features nursing informatics experts

Join Dean Connie Delaney and Drs. Henly, Monsen and Westra on May 20 from noon to 1 pm in Weaver Densford Hall, room 6-108 for the final Nursing Research Seminar of the semester. Sponsored by the Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship (ONRS), "Transforming Nursing Research: Implications for Research Trajectories" will summarize the impact of the UMN Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) in terms of investment, innovation and collaboration benefits. Dean Delaney will provide an overview of the Academic Health Center Information Exchange (AHC-IE), an initiative resulting in a systems platform of applications, databases and analytical tools to support health sciences research. Drs. Westra and Monsen will present informatics research using large data sets, and Dr. Henly will provide commentary on the CTSA implications for nursing science.
~05.20.13 Flyer.pdf

Learn about more NIH funding opportunities

The NIH publishes weekly program announcements and funding opportunities. Check out the May 10 bulletin for opportunities that include:
Closing the Gap in Healthcare Disparities through Dissemination and Implementation of Patient Centered Outcomes Research U18
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Deadline: July 31, 2013
Center of Excellence for Research on CAM (P01)
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Deadline: September 25, 2013

HRSA posts announcements

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers a variety of funding opportunities with deadlines beginning July 1. Research areas include maternal and child health, nursing education practice and quality retention (NEPQR) and more.

PCORI offers career development program for nursing faculty

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) solicits applications for a new multi-year, large-scale Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Institutional Mentored Career Development funding. This program supports career development of post-doctoral and junior research and clinical doctorate faculty scholars in comparative effectiveness research. Deadline to apply is July 17. See the announcement for details.

Women's Center offers funding opportunities

The UMN Women's Center, offers a variety of awards and scholarships:
The Women's Center Institutional Change Grants (formerly Special Grants) seek to support a more inclusive, diverse UMN community with an enhanced campus climate for women faculty, staff, and students. Institutional Change Grants are intended to foster and support increased awareness, improved understanding, and institutional change. (Includes grant funding for projects specifically focused on changing the climate for P & A and CS/BU women). Deadline to apply is Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.
The Mullen/Spector/Truax Women's Leadership Award is given annually to a UMN faculty or staff woman awho has made outstanding contributions to women's leadership development. Nomination deadline is Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.
The Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award recognizes UMN women faculty who have achieved significant national and international accomplishments and also reflect a strong commitment to fostering future leaders. Nomination deadline is Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.
The Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award is given to a UMN student who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service concerning women's issues on campus or in the broader community. Nomination deadline is Friday, June 7 at 4:30 p.m.
~See all of the scholarship and award opportunities

Nursing Research Day presentation available

BowlesHeadshotCropped_02.27.13.bmpSpeaking about her research on improving quality of care during patient transitions, Nursing Research Day keynote speaker Dr. Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN shared her experience and expertise in decision science and information technology. Check out the presentation and Facebook photos of the April 26 event that drew nearly 450 participants.

NIH enhances research tool

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has redesigned its RePORTER tool so that data is now organized by frequency of use and other search parameters including fiscal year, patents and projects. The new interface allows users to search a repository of NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding.

CTSI calls for KL2 scholar applications

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers KL2 scholar awards available to assistant professors (in rank ≤ 6 years) conducting clinical or translational research. The 3-year program provides 75% salary support (up to $100,000 inclusive of fringe), $25,000 in research funds, and up to $3,000 in travel funds. This opportunity requires use of a biostatistician faculty mentoring team and includes weekly multidisciplinary seminars. Up to five proposals will be awarded. Deadline to apply is 12 noon on June 26. Program information is here.

PCORI awards total $129 million

To date, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has funded $129.3 million worth of research projects with 51 recent awards totaling $88.6 million plus $30 million in pilot projects. Check out this interactive map to see funding by state.Thumbnail image for PCORI.bmp

CDC offers nutrition and obesity prevention funding

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeks collaborative public-private proposals that aim to stem obesity. This opportunity funds up to four proposals not to exceed $400,000 per project. Deadline to apply is June 24. See the announcement for details.

May is asthma awareness month

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The National Institutes of Health has declared May as 'Asthma Awareness Month' in order to improve the quality of life for nearly 300 million people who are affected with asthma worldwide. Minorities and females living below the poverty line are disproportionately affected by the disease. A 2012 coordinated federal action plan calls for federal agencies and researchers to partner in efforts to reduce asthma disparities.

AHRQ deadline for R01 application is June 28

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is accepting limited competition R01 applications for projects related to "Enhancing Investments in Comparative Effectiveness Research." Only one application per institutional awardee is allowed, so please contact Dr. Ann Garwick if you are interested. Letters of intent are due June 7. See the guideline for criteria.AHRQ logo.bmp

Sequestration impact may ease

The federal funding outlook remains cautious for the upcoming fiscal year. Since the federal sequestration took effect in March, cuts to funding awards have been as much as 50 percent but are now being restored to as much as 94 percent of the original funding level. Sequestration impacts to the Nursing Research Service Award (NRSA) has meant no change to existing salary caps for fiscal year 2013. Continuation awards that had been cut to 90 percent may be fully restored, however, fewer awards were given this year. In terms of fiscal year 2014 awards, no reductions are anticipated right now but NIH is not expected to fund inflationary increases. More federal funding information here.

RPPR: Another public access policy requirement

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Implemented in 2008, the National Institutes of Health public access policy has had considerable impact on NIH-funded projects.In addition to the PMCID requirement, and the MyNCBI portal for bibilography and citation management, use of the Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) will be required for awards with start dates on or after July 1, 2013, according to NIH NOT-OD-13-035.

The NIH NOT-OD-12-160 announcement states that NIH "will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy," which includes use of the RPPR for grant activity reporting. A module within the eRA commons, the RPPR is intended to streamline noncompeting progress reports.This week ONRS has worked with two SoN principal investigators to test the system. Check out these NIH resources for more information:
~RPPR Training for Grantees Webinar - October 17, 2012 (1 hr 47 mins)
~RPPR Training for Grantees - October 17, 2012 (PPT - 1.3 MB)
~NIH RPPR Instruction Guide (PDF - 1 MB)
~NIH RPPR Instruction Guide (MS Word - 2 MB)
~Screen Shots of the R01-like RPPR (PDF - 1.7 MB)
~Learn how the RPPR differs from eSNAP

MyNCBI tool to replace eRA Commons for citation management

NIH has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to link NCBI's personal online tool, "MyNCBI," to the eRA Commons. "MyNCBI" is a free user account system that can be used to store data (such as PubMed citations), searches and website preferences. Once your "MyNCBI" portal account has been established, you can use the "My Bibliography" feature to maintain and manage authored works, such as journal articles, manuscripts accepted for publication, books, and book chapters. Merging the capacity of the eRA Commons and "My NCBI" allows Commons users to populate citation data from PubMed, PubMed Central, and the NIH Manuscript system. For in-depth information watch the webinar conducted by SPA.

Call for proposals

UMN Brief
May 8, 2013
The Minnesota Obesity Center seeks applications for research grants. The Pilot and Feasibility Program provides seed money to attract new investigators, junior or established, into the study of obesity. Selected applications will be funded up to $25,000 per year for one year, with an option for a second year. For more information, see obesity research proposals.

Templates for Google sites available

Google sites is an application that can be used to construct websites without html coding knowledge. UMN Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides support for a core group of Google applications such as GMail*, Google calendar, Google drive/docs, Google chat, Google Sites and Google groups. University relations requires that Google sites made to communicate official business must use an official Google sites template. For more information and guidelines, see Google Apps Templates and Guidelines.

*not yet officially available to SoN but roll-out is anticipated this year

PMCID process revisted

As required by the National Institutes of Health in its 2008 public access policy PMCIDs (Pub Med Central identifiers) are required for peer-reviewed journal articles that relate to NIH grant-funded publications. NIH's submission tips recommend that principal investigators obtain PMCIDs through the eRA Commons. Stricter policy enforcement began in April 2013 and ONRS featured a Feb. 18 presentation that provides an overview of the public access policy, four methods for obtaining PMCIDs and other mandatory changes required by the NIH. Check out the UMN Sponsored Projects Administration website for tutorials, presentations and updates. Also, the Diehl Hall biomedical library has staff dedicated to answering public access policy questions as they relate to PMCIDs and MyNCBI. Contact them at

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