February 2014 Archives

NINR lists grants

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) published its latest grant opportunities:
Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions (R01)
PA-14-112
Deadline: June 5, 2014
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Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions (R21)
PA-14-113
Deadline: July 16, 2014
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Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care (R01)
PA-14-114
Deadline: June 5, 2014

See the NIH funding round up

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has posted the following funding opportunities. You can also check out the Feb. 28, 2014 TOC, which has a round up of announcements and notices.
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First in Human and Early Stage Clinical Trials of Novel Investigational Drugs for Psychiatric Disorders (U01)
PAR-14-107
Deadline: May 7, 2014
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Exploratory Clinical Trials of Novel Interventions for Mental Disorders (R21/R33)
RFA-MH-15-300
Deadline: Feb. 17, 2015
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Exploratory Clinical Trials of Novel Interventions for Mental Disorders (R33)
RFA-MH-15-310
Deadline: Feb. 17, 2015
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Clinical Trials to Test the Effectiveness of Treatment, Preventive, and Services Interventions (R01)
RFA-MH-15-320
Deadline: Feb. 17, 2015
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Pilot Effectiveness Studies and Services Research Grants (R34)
RFA-MH-15-325
Deadline: Feb. 17, 2015
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Clinical Trials to Test the Effectiveness of Treatment, Preventive, and Services Interventions (Collaborative R01)
RFA-MH-15-325
Deadline: Feb. 17, 2015
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Related:
~Feb. 28, 2014 NIH Record newsletter

Check out these HRSA grants

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has the following opportunities:
Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas Through Education and Training Program
HRSA-14-074
Deadline: March 21, 2014
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Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Level 1)
HRSA-14-121
Deadline: March 31, 2014
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Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Level 2)
HRSA-14-120
Deadline: March 31, 2014
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Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Level 3)
HRSA-14-122
Deadline: March 31, 2014

Call for abstracts

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The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) is accepting research abstracts until March 31 for the 2014 National State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research "Optimizing Health by Addressing Complexity" conference, Sept. 18-20, 2014 at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC. Cost to submit a proposal is $25. Call for awards deadline is April 13, 2014. See the website for details and requirements.

Call for nominations

You can nominate a colleague for two types of UMN awards. The President's Award for Outstanding Service recognizes faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the university. Submit your nomination by Friday, March 7. Nominations for Outstanding Community Service Awards are also being accepted. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 4, 2014.

Grants offered for food and health safety

The deadline to apply for the UMN Healthy Foods-Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute grants is April 14, 2014. Funds will support interdisciplinary research projects dealing with food safety and policy, obesity prevention and diet-related disease. View and download RFP here. Download HFHL Proposal Routing Form here.
Related:
~Feb. 27, 2014: FDA proposes updates to nutrition labels to highlight key parts such as calories, added sugar and revised portions.

NHLBI releases Hispanic-Latino health data

On Feb. 24, 2014 the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) published a landmark study that provides a comprehensive analysis of the health and lifestyle of the Hispanic-Latino population. The research enrolled more than 16,000 Hispanic-Latino adults in various regions. Considering that Hispanics represent 1 out of every 6 people in the U.S., the findings are significant and highlights include:

  • Percentage of people eating five or more servings of fruits/vegetables daily ranged from 19.2 (Puerto Rican origin) to 55.0 (Cuban origin). Also, men reported consuming more fruit and vegetables than women.
  • Women reported a much lower consumption of sodium than men among all Hispanic groups represented in the study.
  • About 1 in 3 individuals had pre-diabetes, also fairly evenly distributed among Hispanic groups.
  • Only about half of individuals with diabetes among all Hispanic groups had it under control.

Traveling abroad?

The UMN Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS) is reminding students, staff and faculty about program abroad policy and international travel requirements. If traveling to countries on the U.S. State Department's location warning list, you must first register and obtain approval from the UMN International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC) before departure. This includes internships, field experiences, coursework, capstones, conferences and research. The process to register, complete paperwork, obtain approval and apply for insurance can take up to eight weeks, so plan accordingly. Contact Kaoru Nunn with questions.

HHS seeks behavioral health proposals

Various behavioral health funding is available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research that will benefit marginalized, vulnerable and underserved populations:
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Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
Administration for Children and Families (ANA)
HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NA-0776
Research will focus on community-driven projects to grow local economies and strengthen Native American families in an effort to preserve culture and provide economic infrastructure. There is an estimated $5 million in this program to fund approximately 22 projects with award ceilings ranging from $50,000 to $400,000.
Deadline: April 15, 2014
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Grants to Develop and Expand Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaboratives
SM-14-009
Program purpose is to provide the criminal justice system with more flexibility to recommend behavioral health community and recovery options in an effort to divert early offenders from the criminal justice system. An estimated $4.8 million is available for up to 14 awards not to exceed $348,412 per project.
Deadline: April 18, 2014
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Minority Serving Institutions forming Partnerships with Community Based Organizations
SP-14-005
Proposals will focus on curbing substance abuse that might lead to the transmission of HIV/AIDS among youth (18-24 years) from African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Natives young adult populations. A total of $6.8 million is available for 23 awards not to exceed $300,000 per year for 3-year projects.
Deadline: April 16, 2014
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing
TI-14-007
Grants will support local treatment and services for individuals and veterans with substance use and mental disorders who also experience chronic homelessness. Nearly $10 million is available for a maximum of 25 awards not to exceed $400,000 each per project.
Deadline: May 25, 2014

Nominate a woman leader by March 14

The UMN Powell Center for Women's Health is accepting nominations through March 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. for the Mullen/Spector/Truax Women's Leadership award to recognize female faculty or staff for leadership and efforts to develop leadership within others. Learn more.
~Powell Center funding opportunities

AHRQ seeks proposals addressing health IT safety

Thumbnail image for IOMHealthITCover.gifThe 2011 Institute of Medicine report, "Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care" found large knowledge gaps in how health information technology impacts overall patient safety. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will fund two types of projects to generate new evidence on safe health IT practices:
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AHRQ Health Services Research Projects (R01)
PA-13-045
Deadline: June 5, 2014
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Health IT-focused R21 Funding Opportunity Announcement
PA-14-001
Deadline: July 16, 2014
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Other AHRQ notices and announcements:
~Extension of Expiration Date for PAR-10-168: AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03)
~Reminder to AHRQ Grantees that FY2009 Funds Will Expire on September 30, 2014
~Notice of Correction to AHRQ's PA-12-256: AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36)

USDOJ offers funding

The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) has federal funding to assist researchers who will address issues affecting vulnerable populations:
NIH FY-14 Research on Gangs and Gang Violence
NIJ-2014-3747
Funding is available for criminal justice research projects on methods to reduce gang membership and violence. See the solicitation for details.
Deadline: April 25, 2014
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NIJ FY 14 Research and Evaluation on the Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly Individuals
NIJ-2014-3750
NIJ seeks research and evaluation proposals related to the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly individuals at the state, local, tribal, federal, juvenile justice policyor practice level. Can include residential care populations.
Deadline: April 25, 2014

Deadline for IonE grants is March 16

The UMN Institute on the Environment (IonE) has launched its spring grant competition for $3,000 awards available to faculty, staff and students. Proposals must focus on innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations addressing sustainability challenges. Grant winners will receive logistical and administrative support and access to meeting space. A two-page project outline is due March 16. For more information, see IonE Mini Grants.

MN Daily: U patches research funding

Minnesota Daily
by Kristoffer Tigue
Feb. 26, 2014

In a time of decreased federal research funding, sometimes even cancer studies don't make the cut. University Vice President for Research Brian Herman, associate pharmacy professor Jatinder Lamba and associate physics professor Lucy Fortson comment. Learn more about intramural bridge funding that offsets federal award reductions.

MinnPost: Obesity rates down among preschoolers

MinnPost
By Susan Perry
02.26.14

...but static overall and up among older women, CDC study finds

The obesity rate among U.S. preschoolers has fallen by an astounding 43 percent over the past decade, according to a study published Tuesday. That's the good news.

More troubling, however, is the study's general finding: The overall U.S. obesity rates for both youth and adults barely budged at all. And those rates remain very worrisome. Almost 35 percent of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children and teens were obese in 2012. Full article.
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NINR will host 'big data' session in July

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) will host a free"Big Data in Symptoms Research" boot camp, July 21-25, 2014, at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, MD. Participants will gain a better understanding of biomedical big data and learn how to apply it in symptom science research. Registration starts April 1 and attendees are responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meals. See the overview for details and contact Dr. Mary Engler 301/594-0081 with questions.

Event explores success derived from failure

Registration is open for the UMN Office of Technology Commercialization's (OTC) "Finding Success through Failure" forum on March 27, 6:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Entrepreneurs, business executives and researchers will hear from industry experts on ways to leverage defeat into motivation. Panelists include Rick Brimacomb, founder/ managing partner of Brimacomb & Associate; Matt Hunt, CEO/founder of Stanford & Griggs, LLC; Mark Wagner, president/CEO of Celleration Inc.; and Prof. Ramesh Harjani, UMN Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. OTC director Doug Johnson will moderate the event, which costs $10. In lieu of payment, you can 'pay with a Tweet' on Twitter or post the event on LinkedIn.

Learn about AHC data exchange on March 3

Dean Connie Delaney and Dr. Bonnie Westra will present "Big Data Research Using Electronic Health Record Data from the Academic Health Center-Information Exchange (AHC-IE)" on Monday, March 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in Weaver-Densford Hall, room 6-108. The seminar is also available via webcast.

HRSA grant aims to reach underserved areas

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced HRSA-14-074 Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas through Education and Training Program. The aim is to address special educational needs of diverse public health professionals who provide MCH services in isolated, underserved, rural or frontier areas. A total of 4 awards are available for 5 years with funds up to $176,634 per year. Deadline to apply is March 21, 2014.

AHRQ seeks health IT safety proposals

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is calling for R01 and R21 applications to generate new evidence on safe health information technology (IT) practices to implement in federal agencies such as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Refer to PA-13-045 for instructions on the R01 grant and PA-14-001 for the R21 funding. *Special* application deadline for both opportunities: March 28, 2014.
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~NOT-HS-HS-14-008 (notice for R21)
~NOT-HS-14-007 (notice for R01)

HRSA posts opportunities

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has federal funding for projects related to maternal and child health, AIDs prevention, systems, rural healthcare and more. Opportunities include:
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HRSA-14-074
Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas Through Education and Training Program
Deadline: March 21, 2014
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HRSA-14-080
National Rural Health Policy and Community Development Program
Deadline: March 31, 2014
~See the full list of grants

NIH diet plan ranks high

NIH Record
Feb. 14, 2014
by Jan Ehrman
Thumbnail image for NIHRecordLogo.pngMaybe the "N" in NIH should stand for nutrition.

Two diet plans developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have once again ranked atop a list of healthy diets created by a panel of nutrition and wellness experts overseen by U.S. News and World Report. This may be no surprise since NIH's location in Bethesda, home of more than 300 restaurants, makes food a local preoccupation.

For the fourth successive year, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) has been named the best overall diet. DASH was also deemed the optimal plan for those with diabetes and was noted in particular for its "nutritional completeness and safety." Learn more.

Nominate a colleague

The UMN Office for Public Engagement is accepting nominations for the 2014 Outstanding Community Service Award, which recognizes UMN faculty, staff and students who enhance their communities through service. Nominations are due April 4, 2014. Check the website for details.

Talley and Schorr receive CTSI funding

The UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has announced a roster of ten funding awards, with two going to UMN School of Nursing (SoN) faculty.

Dr. Kris Talley has been selected for a two-year "K-to-R01 Transition to Independence" program which will further her research to prevent toileting disability in frail older women. Dr. Jean Wyman is her primary mentor.

Dr. Erica Schorr has been named a "New Investigator Pre-K Pilot Career Development" program recipient for research that examines wearable technology as a means to monitor physical activity and sleep after coronary revascularization. Dr. Ruth Lindquist is her primary mentor.

Deadline is Feb. 26 for DHS funding

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking a contractor to conduct a one-time study to assess the local capacity and availability of home and community-based (HCBS) for older adults, people with disabilities, or specific populations with mental health issues. The study must assess critical access at the community level and identify potential strategies to increase infrastructure, accessibility and capacity. Deadline to apply is Feb. 26 with work proposed to start on March 15, 2014. Applicants interested in bidding, must be registered as a vendor (search for solicitation #2000002336) to respond to the RFP. Contact Rolf Hage, 651/431-2594 with questions.

AHC hub offers research resources

Check out the AHC Resource Hub with helpful information on funding, training, education and more. Also, February 2014 marks 50 years of observing American Heart Health Month. You can download a free calendar for your desktop, tablet or phone.

Herman looks forward

The UMN Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has announced the launch of a "Five Years Forward through Collective Inspiration and Discovery" strategic plan to advance the campus research enterprise. Vice President for Research Dr. Brian Herman presented the plan to UMN Board of Regents during the Feb. 13-14, 2014 board meeting. Related:
~Feb. 10, 2014 OVPR blog article: U of M charts new strategic course for research

Intramural grants available

UMN Brief
Feb. 12, 2014
by Adam Overland
Community Service and Community Services Development (CS/SD) Grants for fiscal year 2015:The Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking applicants to expand and integrate home and community-based services for older adults that allow local communities to re-balance their long-term service delivery system, support people in their homes, expand the caregiver support and respite care network and promote independence.
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The Institute on the Environment (IOE) is accepting proposals for Spring 2014 Discovery Grants. Funding supports highly innovative, world-class research activities with a one-time investment of $50,000-100,000. Initial concept papers are due March 21.
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Call for proposals: The Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences is calling for proposals addressing the societal implications of problems in health, environment, or the life sciences to graduate and professional students. Proposals are due by Apr. 21. Learn more and email Audrey Boyle with questions.

~Related: Read SoN PhD student Eunice Areba's research on counteracting anxiety and depression in Somali youth. Areba was a 2013 award recipient.

Check out weekly NIH funding

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes its weekly table of contents (TOC) with federal research funding opportunities. Grant opportunities among the Feb. 7 and Feb. 14, 2014 guides include:
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National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Alzheimer's Disease Pilot Clinical Trials (R01)
Deadline: June 5, 2014
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Call For R01 Applications To Address Health IT Safety NOT-HS-14-007 as it relates to the PA-13-045 announcement.
Deadline: March 28, 2014
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Call For R21 Applications To Address Health IT Safety -HS-14-008.html">NOT-HS-14-008 as it relates to the PA-14-001 announcement.
Deadline: March 28, 2014

Check out weekly NIH notices

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes its weekly table of contents (TOC) with grant notices that clarify or update grant funding mechanisms. Items among the Feb. 7 and Feb. 14, 2014 guides include:
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National Research Service Award (NRSA) Budget Levels for FY 2014
NOT-OD-14-046
FY 2012 stipend levels will be retroactively adjusted to FY 2014 levels resulting in slight increases for awards made after Oct. 1, 2013. For example, a pre-doctoral nursing student will go from $22,032 annually to $22,476 in FY 2014. Depending on experience, postdoctoral students can receive up to $55,272 per year in 2014 compared to $54,180 annually in 2012.
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NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards FY 2014
NOT-OD-14-055
On Jan. 17, 2014 the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2014 was signed into law increasing the NIH budget by $1 billion in FY 2014, which partially restores the 5 percent sequestration cuts in 2013 amounting to $1.5 billion. The Feb. 10, 2014 notice indicates that awards already issued in FY 2014 may be fully or partially restored. Non-competing continuation grants (research and non-research), including those that have yet to be issued in FY 2014, will likely be funded at the Notice of Grant Award (NOGA) commitment and not less than 3 percent below that level.
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Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2014
NOT-OD-14-053
Topics outlined in this notice include principal investigator salary limits ($181,500 per year), public access, acknowledgement of grants, and restrictions in the use of federal funds for lobbying, human embryo research, abortions or use of controlled substances.
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National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Notice (NOT-NR-14-006) of Correction to PA-14-029
Chronic Condition Self-Management in Children and Adolescents (R01)
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National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Notice (NOT-NR-14-007) of Correction to PA-14-030
Chronic Condition Self-Management in Children and Adolescents (R21)

DHS 2013 health statistics available

On Jan. 27, 2014 the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) published a 34-page Family Self Sufficiency and Health Care Program Statistics report that includes payments and projections for state programs related to emergency food, shelter and healthcare assistance. Learn more about these programs and DHS agency goals for 2014.

Nursing research seminar set for Feb. 17

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Nursing Research Seminars 2013-2014.bmpJoin UMN librarian Jon Jeffryes at noon on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in WDH 6-108 for an overview of "EXPERTS@Minnesota: Research Networking Systems and Online Identities." The one-hour session will cover university research database and networking resources such as EXPERTS@MN, UMN Profiles and PIVOT. These tools help researchers find interdisciplinary collaborators and locate funding for research projects. EXPERTS also has a chronological list of active UMN research grants awarded since July 2008.

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