March 2014 Archives

NIH TOCs published

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published its weekly table of contents (TOCs) for the weeks of March 7 and March 14, 2014. Highlights include:
NOTICES
Adjustments to May 25-28, 2014 Grant Application Due Dates
NOT-OD-14-070
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NIH Extramural Grant Systems Upgrade for Unicode Compatibility Means Memorial Day Weekend Downtime
NOT-OD-14-071
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Notice of Reissuance of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowship Funding Opportunity Announcements
NOT-OD-14-066
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FUNDING
Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R01)
PA-14-155
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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)
PA-14-147
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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)
PA-14-148
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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32)
PA-14-149
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Related:
~March 14 NIH Record online newsletter

NINR has community partnership research grants

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has three funding opportunities to foster community-engaged research:
Community Partnerships to Advance Research (R15)
PA-14-140
Deadline: June 25, 2014
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Community Partnerships to Advance Research (R21)
PA-14-141
Deadline: June 16, 2014
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Community Partnerships to Advance Research (R01)
PA-14-142
Deadline: July 5, 2014

Global teaching funds offered

The UMN Global Programs & Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance), Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) have teamed up to offer funds to enhance international cohort learning and course redesign. The ITL Cohort Program is available to UMN faculty, lecturers and adjunct instructors. The year-long program and intensive three-day session (Jan. 7-9, 2015) provide opportunities for faculty to internationalize their curriculum. Departmental approval and support is required. See the instructions, applicant form and support documentation form. Deadline is April 18, 2014 by 4 p.m.

Study suggests nurses may better educate patients

Medscape Nurses
March 7, 2014
by Megan Brooks

Nurses and physician assistants (PAs) are more likely than physicians to offer tips on healthy living to patients with chronic illnesses during office visits, a new study shows, although none of the 3 providers do it regularly. Health education provided to patients with asthma, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses can help them live a healthier life, but
who provides this information during office visits, and how often? Few studies have looked at this issue. Read the full article.pdf
Related:
~Feb. 16, 2014 article in The Lancet on a nurse staffing study among nine European countries pertaining to reduction in patient mortality

USDA creates nutrition resource

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March is National Nutrition Month and to commemorate the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created ChooseMyPlate.gov, a new nutrition resource with tips on healthy food groups, "portion distortion," recipes and other tools.

CURA grant deadline is April 18

The University Metropolitan Consortium (UMC) Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) seeks proposals for its Metropolitan Research Grant Program. CURA will fund 2 to 3 proposals ranging from $70,000 to $110,000 each that involve a community partner and address 1 of the following topics:

  • Regional economic analysis
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Urbanization and water resources
  • Institutional redesign
Deadline to apply is April 18, 2014. See the RFP for details.
Related:
~Other CURA grant opportunities
~Previously funded projects

Medline Plus: Free, quarterly, bilingual

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in conjunction with the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) publish a free, quarterly magazine -- NIH Medline Plus -- which you can download or read online. The current edition focuses on Parkinson's disease, fall prevention among the elderly, and women's heart disease. The magazine is also published in Spanish.
~National Library of Medicine (NLM) Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC)

See data seminar roundup

Under the direction of Dr. Ann Garwick, the Office of Nursing and Research Scholarship (ONRS) has organized seminars to help researchers learn about data capture, access, use and preservation. Presentations are simulcast in audio/PowerPoint format and have been recorded during the past two years.

Topic: Big Data Research Using Electronic Health Record Data from the Academic Health Center-Information Exchange (AHC-IE)
Presenters: Drs. Connie Delaney and Bonnie Westra
Description: The AHC Information Exchange (AHC-IE) is a strategic initiative incorporating a fully automated platform of systems, applications, databases and analytical tools to support interdisciplinary health research and clinical care.
Link: https://umconnect.umn.edu/p85685819/
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Topic: Creating a Data Management Plan for Your Grant Application
Presenters: Lisa Johnston and Liz Weinfurter, UMN Libraries
Description: The presentation focuses on factors to consider in creating a data management plan with a focus on data preservation issues and tools for sharing data, such as subject-based repositories.
Link: https://umconnect.umn.edu/p38356577/
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Topic: CTSI Services for Accessing Clinical Data
Presenters: Drs. Zohara Cohen, UMN Institute for Health Informatics and Bonnie Westra, School of Nursing/Center for Nursing Informatics
Description: Seminar provides an overview of tools and resources such as the Informatics Consulting Service and i2b2, a cohort discovery tool.
Link: https://umconnect.umn.edu/p10811173/
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Topic: Examples of How to Use REDCap for Research and Administration
Presenters: Susan Lowry, BDAC and Dr. Jayne Fulkerson School of Nursing
Description: REDCap (or Research Electronic Data Capture) is a free, secure web application used to build and manage online surveys and databases. This open source data capture software was developed by Vanderbilt University and is used extensively by clinical and translational science researchers. Currently nearly 200 UMN staff and faculty use REDCap on more than 100 projects. Sue Lowry, of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center (BDAC) will describe its functionality for data capture, scheduling, ad hoc reporting and advanced features such as branching logic and calculated fields. Dr. Jayne Fulkerson, director of the School of Nursing's Center for Child and Family Health Promotion and principal investigator of HOME Plus, will discuss how her team uses REDCap in both an administrative and clinical trial capacity.
Link: Part 1: Description and Function of RedCAP --- Part 2: Application and Use in a Research Project

View HRSA grants list

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The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has funding available for projects related to maternal and child health, rural health and more.

Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting: Nonprofit Organizations
HRSA-14-101
Deadline: April 18, 2014
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Health Care Transitions Research Network for Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
HRSA-14-036
Deadline: May 12, 2014
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National Rural Health Policy and Community Development Program
HRSA-14-080
Deadline: March 31, 2014
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~HRSA FY 2015 budget overview

Apply for AHRQ primary care grants

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has the following funding opportunities:

Evaluation of AHRQ Initiative to Accelerate the Dissemination and Implementation of PCOR Findings into Primary Care (R01)
RFA-HS-14-009
Applicants will propose comprehensive approaches designed to improve the capacity of primary care practices with a focus on the ABCS (Aspirin use by high risk individuals, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation).
Deadline: Letters of intent due May 23; application due date is July 3, 2014 by 5 p.m. CDT
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Accelerating the Dissemination and Implementation of PCOR Findings into Primary Care Practice (R18)
RFA-HS-14-008
This initiative will fund cooperatives to provide quality improvement support to small and medium primary care practices within a defined geographic service area.
Deadline: Letters of intent due May 23; application due date is July 3, 2014 by 5 p.m. CDT

Vet Med to host conference

The UMN College of Veterinary Medicine will host an International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS) April 27-30, 2014 at The Commons Hotel, Minneapolis. The program features a variety of speakers who will discuss issues related to human, animal, infectious disease and food safety. Register by March 26 to receive discounted rates.

Fellowships available from UMII

The UMN Informatics Institute (UMII) is offering two types of faculty fellowships:
Deadline for the UMII Transdisciplinary Research Fellowship is April 15, 2014. The award provides salary and fringe benefits for associate professors during two consecutive semesters starting fall 2014 or spring 2015 plus discretionary funds of up to $75,000 for the two-year period. Applicants must be nominated by the dean of their college/school or the chancellor of a system campus. Up to six awards are available, four of which will address MnDrive focal areas.

Deadline for the UMII Faculty in Industry Fellowship is March 31, 2014. The fellowship provides summer salary of up to two months to UMN faculty who form and build industry partnerships. Candidates must be nominated by their unit heads/chairs. Proposals must be accompanied by a Value Matrix.

Related:
~Feb. 19 OVRP article on UMII
~Extramural funding opportunities focused on data and informatics (mostly NSF)

AHRQ posts FY-15 budget estimates

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released its $334.1 million congressional budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2015, a decrease of $29.9 million or 8.2 percent below funding for FY 2014. This budget is the first submission from Dr. Richard Kronick, the new AHRQ director, who has reshaped the agency's mission and updated four of its research priorities:
• Improve healthcare quality
• Make healthcare safer
• Increase accessibility
• Improve healthcare affordability, efficiency and cost transparency

The four AHRQ research priorities fall under three portfolios of patient safety; health services research, data and dissemination; health information technology.

Related:
~AHRQ research funding priorities
~AHRQ current funding announcements

AHRQ sets salary limit and seeks input

On March 7, 2014 the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a notice outlining a $181,500 salary limit for grants, cooperative agreements and contracts. The Consolidated Appropriations Act restricts direct salary levels that can be paid from any of the 11 U.S. Health and Human Service (HHS) federal funding sources, including AHRQ. Learn more.

Also, AHRQ seeks input by April 30, 2014 on performance metrics used by major healthcare delivery systems, payers and regulators. The data will contribute to a knowledge base and to assess future research, development and funding needs. See the notice for details and NOT-HS-14-005 for background information.

PCORI to host webinars

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) will host a free webinar on March 18, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. CDT for details on the spring funding cycle. Register to learn more about the new rubric that provides guidance to applicants, merit reviewers and awardees.
~Rubric synopsis
~PCORI to invest $68 million for national comparative effectiveness research network
~March 2014 PCORI Digest

Nursing Research Day registration is open

Register now for Nursing Research Day 2014, Friday April 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Keynote speaker Dr. Robin Newhouse will present "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR): Changing the Lens of Our Questions, Methods and Outcomes." The day consists of a combination of more than 55 oral presentations and posters on display. Free registration and you can order a boxed lunch for $15. See the preliminary program for details.

In case you missed it: Feb. 17 research seminar

UMN librarian Jon Jeffryes presented an overview of "EXPERTS@Minnesota: Research Networking Systems and Online Identities." Watch the recording and view handouts explaining this custom database that can help researchers learn about potential funding and collaborators.
Profile_View.pdf
EXPERTS_HomePage_View.pdf

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