September 2013 Archives

Check out grant basics guides

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Grant Application Basics
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National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Grants Development and Management Resources
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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Grants, the Basics: Application, Review and Award
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National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers
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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
How to Apply for a Grant
"Understand the Grant Process: Pre-Award, Post-Award and Closeout"
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National Science Foundation (NSF)
Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Jan. 2013
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UMN Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)
Frequently Requested Information
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SoN Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship (ONRS)
Grant Resources Guide 2013.doc

NIH announces upcoming biomedical research awards

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is making available nearly $3.7 million of funding to enhance training for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to prepare them for careers in the biomedical research workforce. The Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) awards through the NIH Common Fund Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce program will fund up to $250,000 in direct annual costs for up to 5 years. A call for applications for the current cycle is expected in late 2013. Details for this upcoming funding opportunity will be available on the Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce website or by searching the NIH online guide.

Oct. 2 seminar provides MyNCBI and RPPR overview

The Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship (ONRS) will host the next nursing research seminar on Oct. 2 from noon to 1 p.m., WDH 6-108. Frances Spalding, Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) training coordinator joins UMN Health Sciences librarian Jim Beattie who will present an overview of new tools being implemented and used in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant management.

MyNCBI is a tool created by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) that saves searches and results from the more than 50 NCBI databases and also provides a "My Bibliography" save search section so investigators can manage peer review article compliance with the Public Access Policy.

The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) is required for NIH grantees who manage and submit progress reports on their NIH-funded projects in the Electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons. If unable to attend the seminar, you can log-in online.

NINR offers doctoral student training and funding

Thumbnail image for NINR logo.bmpThe National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is now accepting applications for its 2014 Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP). The program offers research training, funding and mentorship to doctoral nursing students pursuing careers in basic or clinical research. Funding is available to PhD students who will have completed all coursework by August 2014. Apply by Dec. 2, 2013. Visit the website for details.
~GPP flyer

Healthy food symposium slated

The University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute will co-host a Healthy Foods Summit on Oct. 14-15, 2013. The research symposium on Oct. 14 will be held at the Commons Hotel, 615 Ave. SE, Minneapolis from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Oct. 15 the summit continues from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska. Presentations include a look at climate change and its effect on the food system; issues surrounding global food security; creating an environmentally sound legislative farm bill; examining methods for sustainable, organic food production, and other topics related to nutrition and food. General admission for UMN faculty/staff is $140 and students pay $90 to attend both days. Register here.

Letters of intent due Nov. 2 for clinical trial proposals

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC) to provide clinical trial funding to test treatments for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Projects need to design of pragmatic trials that will evaluate the effectiveness of real-life interventions focused on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and managing care for patients with multiple chronic medical conditions. Nurse scientists are encouraged to apply. Letters of intent are due Nov. 2 and the application deadline is Dec. 2, 2013. Learn more.

Free data training available

The University of Minnesota (UMN) Minnesota Population Center (MPC) offers free data training workshops relating to census data, GIS boundary files, health surveys and more. The classes are held at Wilson Library, room S30C, 309 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis.

OVPR's Herman to speak on Sept. 30

University of Minnesota Vice President for Research Dr. Brian Herman will be the featured speaker at the next Campus Conversation on Sept. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Mississippi Room, 321 Coffman Memorial Union (map). Dr. Herman will provide an overview of the strategic planning process aimed to transform the UMN research enterprise and will also discuss MnDRIVE, a campus partnership to advance research and innovation. RSVP here if you plan to attend or you can watch online through UMConnect.

PCORI board approves $114 million for 71 new awards

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) approved more than $114 million for 71 new projects to conduct comparative effectiveness research based on the institute's national priorities for research. The next cycle of applications are due Oct. 15. See the full roster of opportunities.

This year two projects were funded in Minnesota. One will help children who have suffered head trauma ($1,679,700) and the other will measure patient outcomes from diagnostic imaging studies ($652,372). In 2012 PCORI funded projects totaling $303 million in research and is on track in 2013 to provide more than $400 million in research support.
~Summary of approved projects

NIA offers guide to smart food choices for healthy aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has published a "What's On Your Plate" guide providing information on the importance of healthy eating, proper nutrition and food plans for aging adults.
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Check out Sept. 20 weekly NIH funding opportunities and notices

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes a weekly list of grant opportunities and notices that pertain to funding and biomedical research projects. Of particular interest this week:
Notice of intent to publish/reissue the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional T32 grants. NIH will reissue the funding announcement later this year for applications due January 25, 2014. The notice is published to provide ample time for prospective applicants to plan. The award is named after Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein, the first woman director of NIH and a champion of polio vaccine development.
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National Institute on Aging (NIA) announces funding for research that observes, analyzes, creates interventions and improves end-of-life care in geriatric populations:
Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01)
PA-13-354
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2013
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Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R21)
PA-13-355
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2013
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Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R03)
PA-13-356
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2013

New online viewer created for journal archive

PubMed CentralĀ® (PMC) has created a new way to view and navigate within the free archive of biomedical and life science articles maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The clean, easy-to-read PubReader provides a multi-column view of archived (non PDF) journal articles. The PubReader works with most web browsers on your desktop, tablet or mobile device.

CTSI reception and poster session set for Oct. 1

The University of Minnesota (UMN) Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will host a reception and poster session on Oct. 1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center. Register by Sept. 25, 2013 for this free session (to replace the original Oct. 1 & 2 CTSI Research Summit) for an opportunity to meet investigators, scholars and mentors participating in more than 70 CTSI-sponsored research projects. Questions? Contact Shane Smith or call 612/626-1566.

New eRA Commons requirements for NIH-funded grants

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued NOD-OD-13-097, a notice requiring university students working on an NIH-funded grant for a period of one month or more to establish an eRA Commons identifier. The UMN Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) requests this to be done by Oct. 18, 2013 on currently funded proposals. Use this form to gather the needed information and then contact Robert Delutri or Laura Geno who will complete the process within 10 business days. After Oct. 18, warnings will begin to appear in the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). By October 2014 warnings will cause errors that prevent reports from being completed until the identifiers have been assigned and recorded in the system.
~More information from SPA
~Multi-user eRA Commons form
~National Science Foundation (NSF) guide to RPPR

MNRS offers four types of dissertation funding

MNRS logo.bmpNov. 29, 2013 is the deadline to apply for the following Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) grants:
MNRS Dissertation Research Grant AND Founders' Circle Endowment Fund Grant
Doctoral students may apply for either award with funding up to $2500 to encourage dissertation research that advances nursing science.
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The MNRS/National League for Nursing (NLN) Grant AND MNRS/Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) Grant
These dissertation grants offer up to $5,000 for quantitative and qualitative research on any topic relevant to nursing science. Start your online application process for funding beginning February 2014.

Nominate a colleague for an MNRS award by Nov. 7

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Nominate a colleague for a Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) award. Deadline for submission is Nov. 7, 2013 and there are 4 types of awards for MNRS members in good standing:

MNRS John A. Hartford Foundation Award
Initiated in 2001, this award is given to MNRS members who demonstrate outstanding leadership in geriatric nursing science.

Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award
This award recognizes new investigators conducting research with the potential to enhance the nursing profession.

Distinguished Contribution Award
Eligible nominees must have an earned doctorate while also making significant contributions to promote and enhance nursing science.

Lifetime Achievement Award
This award will recognize an MNRS member who has advanced nursing science through research or by creating environments where research will flourish.

HRSA posts funding opportunities

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHR) currently offers three grants:

HRSA-14-007: R40 MCH Research (MCHR)
Program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services using research designs such as randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
Application deadline: Nov. 8, 2013

SA-14-008: R40 MCH Secondary Data Analysis Studies (SDAS)
Program supports applied empirical research relating to maternal and child health services, that utilizes exclusively the secondary analysis of existing national databases and/or administrative records.
Application deadline: Nov. 8, 2013

HRSA-14-009: R40 MCH Policy Analysis
Program supports policy change analysis or assessments of key social determinants to improve health care for underserved maternal and child health populations.
Application deadline: Nov. 8, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Gaugler

Hats off to Dr. Joe Gaugler who recently received funding for a K18 award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). His project, "Evaluating Home Health Monitoring Technology for Dementia Caregivers" builds upon previous remote health monitoring research for patients affected with Alzheimer's Disease. In this study, 200 caregivers of Alzheimer's or dementia patients will be assessed to determine their levels of stress and how that impacts efficacy of care.

Check out these NIH grants

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks applications for the following:

Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) (R15)
PA-13-313
AREA grants support small-scale research projects awarded to applicants who may not have received previous NIH support.
Application deadline: Oct. 25, 2013.

NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13)(U13)
PA-13-347
The purpose is to support high quality conferences that are relevant to the public health.
Application deadline: Dec. 12, 2013

Translational Research to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Outcomes (R01)
PA-13-352
Funding will support practical, sustainable and cost-effective approaches to prevent and treat diabetes and obesity.
Application deadline: Oct. 5, 2013

Extension offers funds for scholars

The University of Minnesota Extension's Children, Youth and Family Consortium (CYFC) is offering 4-year scholarships totaling $15,000 to support UMN faculty and research staff to conduct community-engaged research that positively influences the education and health outcomes of children, youth and families. Deadline to apply is Oct. 31, 2013 for funding that begins Jan. 1, 2014. Read the full request for application.

Webinar outlines research commercialization

On Oct. 1 & 2, 2013 at 7 p.m. CDT the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering a free, four-hour, step-by-step webinar on the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and the possibilities for commercializing your research. Researchers, faculty, graduate students, post-docs and entrepreneurs will learn by creating an SBIR application and then have it reviewed by experts. Webinar capacity is limited so register now.
Related:
~List of university start-ups
~Map featuring nearly 3,000 university start-ups
~NIH/CDC Omnibus SBIR contract solicitation (deadline Nov. 13, 2013)
~Grant opportunity: Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities (SBIR) (R43/R44) (deadline Jan. 7, 2014)

NIH reports applicants apply more frequently

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Last year Dr. Salley Rockey, deputy director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) stated that the agency has seen a surge in grant applications during the last decade amounting to a 3.6 percent request for dollars in 1998 to requests totaling 6.5 times the funding award supply in 2011.

In April Rockey offered new insight on this information indicating that applicants are applying more frequently than in the past. Data show that the number of applicants increased from approximately 56,000 in the 5 years ending in 2002 to a total of 83,500 in the 5 years ending in 2012, a 50% increase.
~NIH source data
~Rock Talk, March 22 blog post (More applications but how many research institutions?)

HHS seeks video entries for cash and prizes

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Young Invincibles launched the Healthy Young America video contest to encourage young people to get health insurance and take advantage of options available under the new health care law. Video entries are due Sept. 23, 2013 to win from a prize pool of up to $30,000 and more than 100 prizes.
~Contest rules

NIH provides FY 2010-11 biennial report

Check out the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fiscal year 2010-11 biennial report to learn more about NIH investments, research and activities. Also available is FY 2012 spending data and a report on how NIH collaborated with other U.S. Health and Human Service (HHS) agencies.

NIH provides reporting resources

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has redesigned its RePORTER tool so that data is 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. The ReSource Newsletter provides updates on the latest RePORTER developments, tools and tips. The summer edition outlines how to use the RePORTER query form and find awards to particular organizations. You can sign up for email updates here.Thumbnail image for RePORTER.bmp

Dissertation and career development grants available

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers career development (K08) and dissertation (R36) grants with a specific focus on health information technology (HIT). Examples of HIT provided in the NOT-HS-13-011 notice include electronic health records, electronic medical records, telemedicine, computerized provider order entry and computerized decision support systems. Deadlines to apply: Oct. 12 for the K08 and Oct. 16, 2013 for the R36 funding.

In case you missed it: Check out Sept. 5 ONRS seminar

On Sept. 5, 2013 the Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship (ONRS) featured Dr. Ulf Bronas who presented an "Overview of Opportunities Available through the SoN Laboratory of Clinical Physiology" which outlined grant-funded projects that use the lab in clinical research. Check out the recording and let Dr. Bronas know if you have questions.

Bioengineering research partnerships encouraged

In July, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) issued a notice about bioengineering research partnerships (BRP-R01) program indicating it would only accept resubmission applications for the PAR-10-234 funding opportunity. The original Sept. 8, 2013 deadline has been extended to Jan. 8, 2014 but all other aspects of the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) remain the same under the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).

NINR refines research foci

In 2011 the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR) launched a strategic plan and recently the agency refined its scientific agenda based on stakeholder input. There are five main research foci:

  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Advancing the quality of life: Symptom management and self-management
  • End-of-life and palliative care
  • Innovation
  • Developing nurse scientists
Four major themes have evolved in an effort to implement the plan:
  • Symptom science: Improving quality of life for individuals with chronic illness
  • Wellness: Preventing illness and promoting health
  • Self-management: Promoting personalized health strategies
  • The science of compassion: enhancing end-of-life and palliative care
Learn more.

NIH reifies race and ethnicity reporting standards

In her National Institutes of Health (NIH) "Rock Talk" blog, deputy director Dr. Sally Rockey outlines race and ethnicity reporting standards for research involving human subjects. The Aug. 21, 2013 article offers distinctions between clinical research and clinical trials and emphasizes that researchers should ask participants to self-identify ethnicity and race in both types of research. Confusion can occur because NIH allows participants to select more than one racial designation. Approximately one-in-five Americans self-identify as multiracial which can increase the difficulty of clear race and ethnicity reporting standards.The NIH glossary defines clinical research as "patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects" whereas a clinical trial is a biomedical or behavioral study using voluntary participants to test "drugs, treatments and devices."
~NIH glossary of terms
~NIH race and ethnicityFAQs
~Stanford University "Gendered Innovations" analysis

Kudos to Dr. Waud White

Congratulations to UMN School of Nursing (SoN) Dr. Kathryn Waud White who received Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant provides funds for registered nurses enrolled as full-time students who will specialize in anesthesiology. HRSA opportunities are available on the grants roster for information on HRSA programs.
~List of 2013 recipients by state

PCORI offers webinar on award funding process

Thumbnail image for PCORI.bmpYou can log in on Tuesday Sept. 10 from 1 to 2 pm CDT for a webinar at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Register to listen in and learn more from the board of governors as they discuss improved methods for award funding.

OVPR strategic planning underway

Strategic planning is underway by the UMN Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). VP Dr. Brian Herman is meeting with administrative and academic programs to focus on decentralized systems that support research in order to work together effectively toward meaningful change. Check out the OVPR blog for updates.

Driven to Discover building in the works for 2014

StateFair.bmpThe UMN School of Public Health announced plans to establish a dedicated Driven to Discover research building in 2014 at the state fairgrounds in St. Paul, MN. With an average of 1.7 million visitors each year, another building will provide research teams a larger platform to showcase research and engage with the community. Learn more.

CTSI to host research conference, Oct. 1-2

The UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will host its annual research conference Oct. 1 from 5 to 9 pm and Oct. 2 from 8 am to 1:30 pm. Reserve your spot now for this free opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship, the importance of feasibility studies, CTSI-sponsored research, mentorship possibilities and CTSI scholar poster presentations.

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