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May 19, 2020 Research Bulletin

Volume 1, Issue 1

Dear Research Community Colleagues,   

In an effort to streamline communication to the research community, we are launching a Research Bulletin which will be distributed via email on the first and third Tuesday of the month.   

Our current environment is changing rapidly and we wanted to provide a resource that efficiently offers you useful research information. Our goal is to highlight specific research-related news and events, and funding opportunities.   

We will likely be adjusting this format and the information provided, based on your input, in the coming months.   

Please provide us with your feedback and suggestions by contacting:


Thomas Flaig, MD
Vice Chancellor for Research

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Special Announcements

Cancer Center Update

The University of Colorado Cancer Center hosts advanced technologies needed for cancer research. During the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers in Colorado’s cancer community and beyond are using some of these same shared resources to explore the inner workings of the disease. These discoveries are providing doctors with new tools to diagnose and treat COVID-19.   Here are just a few ways CU Cancer Center technologies are aiding the fight against coronavirus.   


COVID-19 Biobank Initiative

A centralized biobank and governance structure has been created to collect and manage access to COVID-19 positive samples in order to facilitate research in this area at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.  In addition, a COVID-19 Steering and Allocation Advisory Committee has been established to review applications for these samples.  If you have an interest in research on COVID-19 related samples please visit the website for more information and a link to the COVID-19 Biological Specimens at CU Anschutz application to request access.   


School of Medicine – Student Affairs

The Office of Student Life has a new Microsoft Teams site for faculty to input projects they want medical student help on, as well as posters they have completed but have not made it to publication yet.  This is a tremendous opportunity to get faculty the assistance they need from medical students to complete projects in a more rapid manner while also exposing medical students to different aspects of research efforts.  For more specifics click here.

  • Phase 2 of Research Reconstitution Plan
    • Campus and Building Access
    • Bench Research
    • Clinical Research
  • Return to Campus Planning in the COVID-19 era Webpage

Limited Submission Grant Opportunities

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) - 2021 Scientific Innovations Award announcement

The mission of the Foundation is to support early-stage investigators engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.

  • Eligibility: Associate and Full Professor
  • LOI due to BRF June 25
  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee May 29 


Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation Grants

The mission of the Foundation is to support early-stage investigators engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.

  • Eligibility: First to Fourth Year tenure track professors
  • Application due to Mallinckrodt Foundation August 1
  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee June 15


W.M Keck Foundation Research Grants

Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research

  • Eligilibity: All Faculty
  • Phase I application due to Keck November 1 (One applicant per emphasis - 2 total)
  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee May 29

Featured Funding Opportunities

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

The Mark Foundation's mission is to "support cutting-edge, innovative scientific ideas that will answer the most complex questions about cancer biology and lead to new and better ways to prevent   

  • Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Awards
    • Letters of intent are due June 4
    • Invited full applications are due August 24
    • Award is $250,000 a year for three years
    • Eligible faculty are 3-8 years out from the start of independent research faulty 
Additional May 2020 featured funding opportunities

Collaborative Research Opportunities

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association announce 

  • Request for Applications (RFA) for the Centers of Excellence in Hemorrhagic Stroke 
  • Research comprising at least three (3) Centers and one (1) Centralized Training 
  • Center within this Network 
    • Full Application due August 27 
    • LOI due July 16 
    • Materials due to Review Committee June 22


Interested in collaborative research?  Do you have a collaborative research funding opportunity you would like to announce or are you searching for a collaborator on a specific proposal?     

Collaborations between research groups are growing, and the collaborating groups can be across the hall, University of Colorado campuses, the country, or the globe. Scholars or groups in different fields work together on interdisciplinary projects.   

The OVCR wants to offer this space on a bi-weekly basis for promotion of collaborative research funding opportunities (internal and external funding) and solicitations for prospective interdisciplinary collaborators for proposed funding applications.     

Send inquires to

NIH Funding Announcements

NIH funding opportunities and notices are presented weekly.  Rather than sending a separate email those updates will now be provided in this section.

Just Released

  • Pre-application components are submitted to eBRAP by the Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Pre-application submission does not require action by your Business Official/Sponsored Programs Office or equivalent.
    • Breast Cancer Research Program
      • Pre-Application Due Dates June 24/Sept 8
      • Full Application Due Dates Sept 22/Oct 6
    • Melanoma Research Program
      • Pre-Application Due Date June 22 
      • Full Application Due Date Sept 24
    • Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
      • Pre-Application Due Date June 17
      • Full Application Due Date Oct 1
    • Neurofibromatosis Research Program
      • Pre-Application Due Date June 25
      • Full Application Due Date July 14



The CCTSI CO-Mentor program is now accepting applications for review CO-Mentor is an integrated series of four workshops designed to enhance the career development experience for a mentor/mentee pair.   

Evidence-based strategies are used to teach mentor/mentee pairs the skills they need to get the most out of their mentoring relationships.   

Topics include: career mapping and creating a career development plan, setting goals, CV building, establishing the mentor/mentee relationship, and writing effective mentor letters.   

The dates for next year's workshops are: 

  • October 2, 2020
  • December 11, 2020
  • January 22, 2021
  • March 5, 2021

Additional information about the program, including past participants and a link to apply, can be found on the CO-Mentor website


This bulletin is distributed on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month for the CU Anschutz Research Community.     

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