August 2013 Archives

NACNR provides live broadcast

The National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) will provide a live videocast of its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 1 to 5 pm (EDT). Log in here to watch. You can also view podcasts of previous events or check out the National Institutes of Health (NIH) YouTube channel.

NINR fellowships available

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) seeks applications by Dec. 2, 2013 from interested Ph.D. nursing students who will have completed their doctoral coursework by August 2014. The NINR Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) provides funding for fellowships at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda, MD campus to begin dissertation research related to symptom management, health promotion, disease prevention, tissue injury and genetics. The fellow's academic advisor and an NIH scientist serve as co-mentors for the dissertation process. Visit: for more information or send an email with "NINR GPP" in the subject line to
~Watch a recent alumna talk about her experience

AHRQ offers a health information portal

Check out the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) information portal that provides clinical quality measures, meaningful use data, information models, value sets, and health information technology standards (HIT). The U.S. Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK) has an easy-to-use search bar and will soon undergo a web redesign. You can sign up for email updates and choose your subscriber preferences.

Save the dates

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The Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship (ONRS) will kick off the first in a series of noon research seminars. On Thursday, Sept. 5. at noon in Weaver-Densford, room 6-194, Dr. Ulf Bronas, will present an "Overview of Opportunities Available through the SoN Laboratory of Clinical Physiology." Dr. Bronas is an exercise and applied physiology researcher who currently collaborates on six grant projects relating to how exercise impacts and improves the health of persons with multiple or chronic conditions.

On Oct. 2, 2013 at noon in WDH 6-108, join UMN Health Sciences Librarian Jim Beattie and Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) training coordinator Frances Spalding for an overview of two grant management tools: MyNCBI and the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) hosts a variety of database resources including PubMed. MyNCBI is a tool that saves searches and citations into a customized "My Bibliography" bookshelf that makes it easier to comply with Public Access Policy requirements. The RPPR is a module in the eRA Commons to submit required progress reports on NIH-funded grant projects.

AHC Health Quest app now available

Just in time for the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 22 - Sept. 2, you can download the UMN Academic Health Center 'Health Quest' iOS app to help support UMN presence. AHC Communications describes the app as "a photo scavenger hunt that allows users to take photos of specific items around the fair." To promote better understanding of the health sciences, clues for each item relate to the broad impact of health in Minnesota. Prizes for participation include a weekly drawing for an iPad Mini and a daily drawing for an iPod shuffle. Learn more.
~Minnesota State Fair develops its own app

Apply for grant-in-aid by Sept. 16

Apply now for the fall Grant-in-Aid Program coordinated by the UMN Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) to support faculty research, scholarly and artistic activities. Proposals must be submitted to ONRS by Sept. 16 so that electronic submission to OVPR is completed by Sept. 19, 2013. Learn more.

What's in a PMCID?

This spring the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it will start enforcing the 2008 Public Access Policy requiring that peer-reviewed journal articles relating to an NIH-funded grant are required to have a PubMed Central library reference number (PMCID).The Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship (ONRS) has a PMCID intranet page and is updating faculty biographical sketch templates with available information.

Principal investigators are responsible for associating publications with NIH awards and to track public access compliance. A first step is to create a National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) MyNCBI account replacing the eRA Commons method of bibliography management. Although this policy is designed to increase public access to medical research, it is not intended to infringe on copyright agreements with editors and publishers. More than 300 journals automatically arrange to obtain PMCIDs; varying embargo periods and restrictions apply depending upon the journal.
~PMC citation search tool
~Becker Medical Library PMCID guide

Deadline for MNRS abstracts is Sept. 16

Monday Sept. 16, 2013 is the abstract submission deadline for the 2014 Midwest Nursing Research Society conference. Mark your calendar for the 38th annual event, March 27-30, 2014, Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, MO. MNRS is using a new abstract submission system which will require creation of an account (not to be associated with your MNRS membership credentials). Only completed research is eligible for paper presentation.
~2014 Guidelines for Research Abstract Submission.doc
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OVPR Herman calls for innovation

In an Aug. 14 MinnPost opinion column Dr. Brian Herman, UMN Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), wrote about the possibility of an 'innovation deficit' in Minnesota as a result of sequestration and federal research funding cuts. Learn more.

AHRQ assembles FAQ list for R25 training grants

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published a frequently asked question list based on individual questions submitted about their educational "Researcher Training and Workforce Development in Methods and Standards for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Studies" (R25) grant. Letters of intent are due Aug. 20 for the RFA-HS-14-004 funding opportunity and deadline to apply is Sept. 27, 2013. The purpose of this initiative is to develop a multi-component education program using patient-centered outcomes research that will develop researchers in the scientific discovery toward improved health outcomes.

Check out and sign up for NIH weekly listserv

Most Fridays the National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes a weekly round up of funding opportunities, notices and contract awards. Check out the Aug. 16 table of contents (TOC) list that includes:
NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)
NIH Roadmap Initiatives
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014
NHLBI Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE II) (R25)
Deadline: Applications are not yet being solicited but look for the funding announcement in late fall 2013
Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01)
Deadline: Sept. 7, 2013
Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R21)
Deadline: Sept. 7, 2013

~Current NIH RFAs (request for application)
~Active NIH PAs (program announcements)
~Update of NIH parent announcements for unsolicited or investigator-initiated grants
~Visit to sign up for the "NIH Guide Weekly TOC" listserv announcements.

NIH announces updates for R01, R21 and R03 mechanisms

The umbrella organization of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has updated 'parent' R01, R21 and R03 guidances to include a full roster of organizations (in some instances this will make it more competitive) for updated or reissued announcements. On occasion, the NIH will reissue 'parent' announcements with additional conformance requirements. Applications that do not follow the reissued or updated guidance may be delayed or not accepted for review.

NLM calls for informatics grant applications

NLM logo.bmpBiomedical informatics R01 funding will be available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for projects that produce concepts, tools and approaches to advance how informatics are used to improve health. Funding will not exceed $250,000 per year in direct costs for a maximum of 4-year projects and the number of awards depend upon National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget appropriations. Deadline to apply is Nov. 5, 2013. See the PAR-13-300 announcement for details.

NIDDK clarifies funding mechanisms

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) issued a notice to clarify funding opportunities that investigate kidney, urologic, metabolic and digestive disease. Specifically, NIDDK will support investigator-initiated, multi-center studies through a two-part process that involves a U34 mechanism, followed by a cooperative U01 agreement to conduct research. NIDDK is not accepting applications through its PAR-12-265/R01 mechanism but continues to offer the following R21 opportunities:
Pilot and Feasibility Clinical Research Grants in Kidney or Urologic Diseases
Pilot and Feasibility Clinical Research Studies in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
Exploratory/Developmental Clinical Research Grants in Obesity

NIDDK confirmed that all multi-center clinical studies must complete this two-part process. The U34 cooperative agreement will provide up to two years of support, however, it does not a guarantee funding for a subsequent U01 application. See the NIDDK website for further information and instruction on the U34 exemption process.
~Notice of Q&A webinar on U01 process

Grants call for reduction in health disparity

The National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) has announced funding opportunities for projects that will research causes and solutions to health and disability disparities in the U.S. population:

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R21)
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2013

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities(R01)
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2013
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NIA-U01 opportunity available

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is offering U01 funding to renew and expand intervention testing programs that will extend or improve lifespan. The RFA-AG-14-011 notice indicates that NIA intends to commit $4.8 million total costs in fiscal year 2014 to fund up to 3 awards. Deadline to apply is Oct. 22, 2013.

Funds for collaborative projects offered by NHLBI

On Aug. 1, 2013 the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and its affiliates published a notice (NOT-HL-13-187) of upcoming collaborative grant opportunities to encourage partnerships that will address low cost, pragmatic and randomized clinical trial management. The UH2 and UH3 grants will facilitate cooperative projects that are integrated into existing clinical practice or leverage established electronic patient care resources. Applications are not yet being accepted but the notice allows for sufficient time for researchers to begin to discuss cooperative agreements.


Deadline is Sept. 20 for AHC small grants

The UMN Academic Health Center (AHC) is requesting applications for AHC Small Grants
to fund faculty research for up to $30,000 per award. Funds are distributed through a competitive peer review process. Assistant, Associate or Full Professors in the AHC can apply for a seed grant. Principal investigators with active NIH R01 grants (or equivalent federal grant) that may experience a lapse in funding can apply for a transition grant. Deadline to apply is Sept. 20, 2013. Faculty who have a current AHC seed or transition grant as of July 2013 are not eligible to submit an application for the new fiscal year.
AHC Small Grant 2013.pdf

NIH agreement reached: A new chapter in an enduring story

Thumbnail image for HeLa.jpgIn January 2012 the Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship (ONRS)collaborated with the School of Nursing Diversity Committee for a recorded book review and discussion about "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. The book describes how Ms. Lack's cells (known to researchers as HeLa) were used in medical research that resulted in a collision between ethics, race and medicine in terms of scientific discovery and the need for bioethics. On Aug. 7, 2013 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it had reached a collaborative agreement with the Lacks family on HeLa genome privacy and data access.
~Book trailer
~Aug. 7, 2013 NIH director's blog by Dr. Francis Collins
~Aug. 7, 2013 NY Times article "A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later"
~Aug. 7, 2013 Chronicles of Higher Education "NIH Reaches Pact with Family of Woman on Access to DNA Data from Her Cells"
~Aug. 7, 2013 Star Tribune article "Family of Woman Whose Cancer Cells Became Famous Has Been Given a Say in Some Research"
~Aug. 7, 2013 NPR clip "Decades After Henrietta Lacks' Death, Family Gets a Say on Her Cells"
~Aug. 8, 2013 NPR Morning Edition interview with Dr. Francis Collins, NIH director

U.S. childhood obesity statistics show promise

On Aug. 6, 2013 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Minnesota is among 19 states showing a decline in obesity rates among preschoolers from lower income families. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said that "while the changes are small, for the first time in a generation they are going in the right direction."
~Aug. 7, 2013 MinnPost article about Minnesota statistics
~Aug. 6, 2013 New York Times op-ed about the room for more significant improvement

MPR features series on MOOCs

Since February, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has offered a series of news articles on massive open online courses (MOOCs) including:
~Aug. 4, 2013 - "The ABCs of MOOCs"what it is like to enroll and finish a course when 39,600 people sign up but only 4,600 finish.
~Aug. 4, 2013 - "From Recession's Wake, Education Innovation Booms" describing the innovation, interest and investment that MOOCs can play in cutting costs for higher education.
~July 3, 2013 - "UMN Faculty: MOOCs Have Made Us Rethink Learning" features an interview with SoN Associate Professor Karen Monsen, who taught a MOOC in June.
~June 7, 2013 - "Is Massively Open Online Education a Threat or a Blessing?" an article that raises important issues about the use of MOOCs.
~March 18, 2013 - "Minnesota Lawmakers to Look at Credit for Online Courses" provides an audio overview of the debate on whether college students enrolled in other schools should get credit for those classes.
~Feb. 21, 2013 - "Free Online Courses to Be Offered at University of Minnesota" an interview with Provost Karen Hanson outlines the initial five MOOCs offered at UMN.

10th annual women's health research conference slated

The University of Minnesota Powell Center for Women's Health will hold its 10th annual conference on Monday, Sept. 16 at the McNamara Alumni Center. Keynote speakers include Paula Braverman, MD, MPH and Janet Rich-Edwards, ScD, MPH. Up to 4.75 AMA-PRA credits are available. Cost is $50 per registrant; $25 for students. Deadline for poster abstracts is Aug. 23, 2013. Register here.
~Women'sHealthConfFlyer 08.02.13.pdf

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