November 2013 Archives

Rumors about NIH application limits dispelled

Extramural Nexus
by Salley Rockey, director of NIH Office of Extramural Research
Nov. 14, 2013
I have seen the very recent report and follow-on discussions that NIH is considering asking institutions to limit grant applications as a way to control demand. Let me present the facts. You may remember the dialogue we had back in October 2011 on how NIH should manage science in fiscally challenging times. The option of limiting applications was raised at that time but was discarded at the outset and we are not pursuing it now. Continue reading.

List of grant-related resources created

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Take a look at an updated short list of grant search aids, resources and links, which you can bookmark for future reference.
NIH
~All about grants podcasts
~NIH "Weekly TOC"
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UMN Libraries Search and Grant Writing Tools
~List of grant funding databases
~Pivot (international, federal and non-federal sponsors)
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~Foundation Directory Online (FDO) access URL
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HRSA
~Grants forecast
~Applicant training video
~HRSA mobile app
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The Chronicle of Philanthropy
~Create a free account
~News
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Foundation.org
-Free online directory
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AHRQ
~Funding opportunity announcements and research policies
~Centers, portfolios and initiatives
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Grants.gov
~Grants.gov website
~Grants.gov blog

Help NINR formulate strategic plan

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) seeks input from the scientific community, professional organizations and the public to formulate a strategic plan that will guide nursing research and science during the next decade. Through its Innovative Questions (IQ) initiative, you can submit questions or ideas that will be compiled by June, 2014.

Check out NIH on-site training award program

The NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) program offers developmental training and research opportunities on the NIH campus in a variety of biomedical disciplines. The program is open to postdoctoral, pre-doctoral, post-baccalaureate, technical school and high school students. Selected applicants will receive training, tuition, mentoring, career counseling, travel and relocation assistance. Duration of the award period varies with a maximum of five years. Interested applicants may apply directly to a specific NIH principal investigator or through the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE).
Related:
~NIH research training, career development and related programs site

RCR core curriculum now online

Office of the Vice President for Research blog
Oct. 16, 2013
UMN has a strong commitment to research excellence and ensuring the ethical conduct of all university researchers. Several university policies and procedures exist to uphold these high standards, including the Responsible Conduct of Research core curriculum. The RCR core curriculum is a one-time requirement for all new faculty, postdoctoral fellows and others who receive funding for their research and scholarship. Read on.

In case you missed it: Nov. 7 nursing research seminar

The Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship (ONRS) held its monthly Nursing Research Seminar featuring Drs. Zohara Cohen and Bonnie Westra presenting informatics updates and an overview of the i2b2 cohort discovery tool. If you missed the seminar, watch the recording. If interested in getting patient data for your research, the CTSI Informatics Consulting Service now offers office hours from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (CTSI Building) or Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (Diehl Hall, room 350G). Reserve your spot and see the flyer for details.
~Clinical Data Office Hours Flyer.pdf

Site offers research on mindfulness

Check out Mindful.org which offers a load of resources and research on mindfulness.Mindful.jpg
Related:
~UMN Center for Spirituality & Healing
~Mindfulness-based stress reduction courses, research and sessions

Deadline for NINR graduate student stipends is Dec. 9

Applications for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) are due Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at 6 p.m. CST. Doctoral nursing students interested in boosting their basic or clinical research careers can become fellows starting fall 2014. Learn more or contact Dr. Mary B. Engler, NINR Division of Intramural Research Training Program Director, 301/594-0081.
Related:
~Check out video testimonials from past fellows

Cancer research fellowships are available

The American Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) is offering one-year fellowships with $50,000 in support toward cancer research. Interested applicants will submit a one-page description to Dr. Aaron Schilz at the Masonic Cancer Research Center. A committee will review descriptions to determine who will submit full applications by Jan. 30, 2014. Learn more and see the sponsor guidelines.

Grant writing seminar slated

Learn how to write successful health research grants in this day-long seminar on Jan. 22, 2014 at McNamara Alumni Center. Hosted by the UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Center for Health Equity (CHE), the session, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., costs $75 and is facilitated by Dr. John D. Robertson, who has served on editorial boards, grant review panels and obtained extramural funding. The session (includes lunch and a grant writing book) is geared toward National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants but also applicable to other federal funding sources. More information.

NINR chief discusses impact of nursing science

NIH Record
Nov. 8, 2013
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) director Dr. Patricia Grady recently visited the University of Miami and President Donna Shalala, former U.S. Health and Human Services secretary. Grady's visit focused on nursing science and its impact on healthcare. Learn more.
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PCORI hosts free webinars

Grant applicants can learn about Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funding in a series of webinars on Dec. 3, 4 and 12, 2013. The training is free but registration is required. The letter of intent deadline for the winter cycle has passed but application due dates are extended from Dec. 16 to Jan. 21, 2014 due to sequestration. The spring cycle of due dates starts March 7, 2014. Minnesota received more than $3 million this past year for projects related to children's head trauma and care plans for transplant survivors.

HRSA seeks applications to coordinate primary care

The HRSA-14-001 announcement outlines $11 million-worth of available funding from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to improve the delivery of primary care in low-service regions. Proposals should address how cooperative agreements could be formed to coordinate care and also recruit and retain critical care workers. Application deadline is Dec. 31, 2013.
Related:
~Other HRSA funding opportunities
~Scholarships

AHRQ publishes clinical relationships measurement guide

AHRQ logo.jpgEnhance the delivery of your clinical practice through resources in the AHRQ supplement to the Clinical-Community Relationships Measures (CCRM) Atlas published in March. The Potential Measures for Clinical-Community Relationships guide provides context, methodology and measures to gauge the types of relationships involving clinical trials (clinic-clinician-patient, for example). You can find a list of AHRQ publications here.

Clinical trial funding available

The National Institute of Health (NIH) invites applications to plan and conduct low-cost, pragmatic randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to leverage existing clinical practice sites and data collection methods. The one-year UH2 funding supports refinement of existing data and resources. The four-year UH3 award is subsequent to the UH2 phase and will subsidize the development of clinical trials. See the RFA-HL-14-019 announcement for details. Letters of intent are due Dec. 23, 2013 and deadline to apply is Jan. 23, 2014.

MnDrive gains traction

The UMN Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has launched a web page dedicated to the creation of an $18 million partnership between the university and the state of Minnesota. The purpose of the Minnesota Discovery Research and InnoVation Economy (MnDrive) initiative is to advance the economy through innovative and marketable research.
Related:
~Oct. 28 announcement from Dr. Brian Herman
~OVPR's Herman to speak on Sept. 30
~NIH site about commercializing biomedical inventions

Kudos to SoN Foundation grant recipients

Congratulations to UMN School of Nursing (SoN) 2013-2014 Foundation grant recipients:
Mary Benbenek - Preparing APRN Students for Competent Performance of Basic Office Procedures
Jayne Fulkerson - Emerging Child and Family Health Promotion Nursing Scientist Program
Susan O'Conner-Von - Evaluation of the FICA Spiritual History Tool by Adolescents with Life-limiting Conditions
Debbie Ringdahl - A Pilot Reiki Program on a Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit

AHRQ seeks IT proposals to improve health

The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) requests R21 proposals for research projects to discover the impact of technology on healthcare. The PA-14-001 opportunity offers awards of up to $200K that focus on design, use, implementation, outcomes and measures for either self-contained research projects or a project that provides secondary analysis of health IT data. Deadline to apply is Feb. 16, 2014.

2013 healthcare leaders named by MN Business Magazine

Minnesota Business Magazine
Nov. 1, 2013
by Caitlin Hill

UMN was recognized in several of 14 categories for the 2013 Leaders in Health Care Awards:
~Dr. Michael Verneris (practitioner category)
~Dr. Jakub Tolar (change agent award)
~UMN Department of Pediatrics (education and workforce development category)
~Dr. Theodore Thompson (lifetime achievement)
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Other 2013 Leaders in Health Care lists include:
~Employee wellness program
~Emerging leaders
~Champion award
~Community outreach

DOD to study health of women in the military

Health.mil
Oct. 31, 2013
by Dana Crudo
A multidisciplinary group of researchers launched a new consortium last month that aims to enhance the health, readiness and well-being of women serving in the military. Among other foci, research efforts will focus on gender differences in the use of health care services, dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, and effects of deployment on military families. Learn more.
~Research in the Military Health System (MHS)
~Medical Surveillance Monthly Reports
~Experts cite the benefits of mindfulness in the military

Check out grants.gov funding portal

Grants.gov, the federal agency grant portal, regularly updates its list of grant opportunities. You can search by newest opportunities, categories, agencies, and eligibility parameters such as public and state institutions of higher education.
~Take a look at grants.gov training resources

McMahon named KL2 scholar

Kudos to Siobhan McMahon, PhD, MPH, RN, GNP-BC, who has been selected as a UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) KL2 scholar. This type of award is available to assistant professors who conduct clinical or translational research. Dr. McMahon will focus on developing an intervention to increase physical activity that prevents falls among older adults.

Abstracts selected for student poster competition

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Congratulations to nursing students Megan Antolick, Eunice Areba, Danielle Denney, Heidi Goeders, Kathryn Katka, Anjali Madeira, Kristin Swartz and Mary Whipple who will represent the UMN School of Nursing at the Midwest Research Nursing Society annual meeting in St. Louis, March 27-30, 2014. The eight nursing students will present posters at the 38th annual research conference.

Related:
~MNRS dissertation research and new investigator grants are open for submission

Survey finds 'life is good' for nurse practitioners

An Oct. 11, 2013 article in Medscape shows that nurse practitioners are happy in their jobs. Among 222 nurse practitioners surveyed in June by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), 99 percent report they are 'optimistic' about their future and 96 percent indicate they would choose to be an NP if they could choose over again.
~AANP grant and scholarship opportunities

Check out 2013 Almanac of Higher Education

On Nov. 1, 2013 The Chronicle of Higher Education published its 2013 Almanac of Higher Education showing key data on salaries, diversity, tuition, spending and other comparisons. Minnesota stats include:
~Student demographics showing there are 344,278 undergraduate students in the state compared to 18,644,298 nationally
~Diversity - Out of 461,402 students statewide, 152,991 are persons of color or foreign students
~Spending on research and development among Minnesota colleges and universities was $898,741,000 last year, an 8.1 percent decrease from 2011
~ Faculty pay

View the HRSA funding opportunity list

Today the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published the following grant opportunities:
Maternal and Child Health Research Program
HRSA-14-007
Deadline: Nov. 8, 2013
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Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Studies
HRSA-14-008
Deadline: Nov. 8, 2013
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Maternal and Child Health Policy Analysis Program
HRSA-14-009
Deadline: Nov. 8, 2013
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Related:
~HRSA grants forecast
~Grants.gov calendar

Weekly NIH TOC now available

Check out today's NIH notices and grant opportunities. Highlights include a notice that provides additional clarification on NIH activities in light of the federal government shutdown last month. Of particular interest is that "all standard due dates in October have been rescheduled for November...New R21/R33 applications originally due on Oct. 16, 2013 are now due on Nov. 18, 2013."

Science Magazine: Who's afraid of peer review?

Science Magazine
Oct. 4, 2013
by John Bohannon
A spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals.
On 4 July, good news arrived in the inbox of Ocorrafoo Cobange, a biologist at the Wassee Institute of Medicine in Asmara. It was the official letter of acceptance for a paper he had submitted 2 months earlier to the Journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals, describing the anticancer properties of a chemical that Cobange had extracted from a lichen.
Communication in Science.gifIn fact, it should have been promptly rejected. Any reviewer with more than a high-school knowledge of chemistry and the ability to understand a basic data plot should have spotted the paper's short-comings immediately. Its experiments are so hopelessly flawed that the results are meaningless. Read on.
Related:
~Communication in Science: Pressures and Predators

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