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November 17, 2020 Research Bulletin

Volume 1, Issue 13
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Inaugural State of Research Address 2020

Tuesday, December 8 | 12 pm

Please join this campuswide
discussion of the broad and
diverse research community
on the CU Anschutz Medical
Campus – and our plans for
future support and growth.

At this time, Registration has ended.

  • December 3 - ORDE Book Club Meeting: Writing Science Proposals 12pm
  • December 8 – State of Research Address 12pm (Registration has ended.)

Featured Funding Opportunities

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.

Limited Funding Opportunities

In the Fall, we can see an increase in the number of limited institutional grant opportunities in which we can nominate a single applicant from our institution. Due to the short turn-around time we will have a modified and shortened process for these types of grant opportunities.

For the limited institutional grant opportunities below, please submit a brief summary (one page or less) and biosketch by the date indicated.

W.M. Keck Foundation

If interested in applying to the W.M. Keck Foundation for the next cycle, please submit a one-page concept by December 15, 2020. The Keck Foundation is interested in funding projects that fall under one of two categories: 1) Medical Research or 2) Science & Engineering. The Foundation offers $1 million awards.

W.M. Keck Foundation focus includes:

  • Basic Science early in the process.
  • Cutting-Edge Research. Your project must be novel, distinct, and pioneering; it must push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches, and challenge the prevailing paradigm. The Keck Foundation often finds it appealing if traditional sources of funding find the project too risky and are unwilling to support it.
  • Impact. If successful, your project must have the potential for transformative change.
  • Instrumentation. They like the development of promising new technology.
  • Investigators at all career stages are acceptable.
  • Cross disciplinary team science is encouraged.

The Foundation does NOT provide support for clinical trials or for disease-specific research.


  • Concept Deadline – December 15, 2020. The University’s Review Committee will select up to 4 one-page concepts that will be submitted to the Keck Foundation.
  • Concepts will be reviewed with the Foundation in January.
  • Phase 1 Application Deadline – May 1, 2021, if chosen to submit.
  • Full Proposal Deadline – August 15, 2020, if invited by the Keck Foundation.

Single-page concepts should include the following in 12 point font with 1-inch margins:

  1. Overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies; indicate area of emphasis for project (i.e. medical research or science and engineering research)
  2. Description of the methodologies and key personnel
  3. Brief justification of the need for Keck support and how Federal agencies will not fund the research (provide comments from federal agencies turning down the research)
  4. Estimated budget broken down, if possible, by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies, etc. (budgets can be rough approximations at this stage). The Foundation will not fund indirect costs and they only allow up to 10% of the PI’s annual salary.

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garrett Steed by December 15, 2020.

National Center for HIV/AIDS/ Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Implementation Research Consortium to Accelerate Impact of Health Department-Delivered HIV Prevention Activities (U01)”


This opportunity is designed to support research to enhance the implementation of proven HIV prevention interventions by forming a collaborative research infrastructure between experts in the field. The work of the proposed research will support the goals of the Ending the HIV Epidemic national plan. It is anticipated that this RFA will support four (4) awards for Core Projects and two (2) awards for Collaborative Projects. Applications for Core Projects should describe plans to conduct an HIV prevention implementation science research project that addresses real-world HIV prevention implementation challenges experienced by health departments and health department implementing partners (e.g., community-based organizations, clinics, etc.) when carrying out evidence-based interventions. Accessing data from health departments and health department partners is essential to this project. Therefore, Principal Investigators are encouraged to create or engage in appropriate partnerships. In response to this RFA, each Core Project application must describe a detailed research plan and annual budget for years one through five. In addition to a Core Project, each application should also propose a Collaborative Project. The Collaborative Project should describe a project working with investigators from multiple institutions (e.g., health departments, academic institutions, or other institutions).
•    Limited to one application per institution
•    Materials due to Internal Review Committee: December 1, 2020
•    Letter of Intent: December 17, 2020
•    Full Application deadline: January 28, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garrett Steed by December 1, 2020.


Mary Kay Foundation

Mary Kay Foundation is a non-profit public foundation, which focuses on funding research for innovative grants for translational research of cancers affecting women (predominantly ovarian, uterine, breast, endometrial or cervical cancer among others). Translational research is broadly defined as research that will provide a scientific link between laboratory research and the clinic. Ultimately, such research would lead to improvement in diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, or treatment of the cancer. The Foundation is pleased to invite your institution to submit one grant proposal.

  • Limited to one application per institution
  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: December 7, 2020
  • Full Application deadline: February 5, 2021

Your grant proposal will be reviewed by a Scientific Research Review Committee composed of notable members of the American medical and scientific community. The grant will be up to $100,000 (combined direct and indirect costs) for a two-year period.

The Foundation anticipates funding between 10 and 15 grants. Please review the attached RFP with FAQ section as well as the Applicant User Guide for additional information.

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garrett Steed by December 7, 2020. 


Department of Energy Computational Chemical Sciences (CCS)

DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) hereby announces its interest in receiving new and renewal applications from small groups (2-3 principal investigators) and integrated multidisciplinary teams (typically from multiple institutions) in Computational Chemical Sciences (CCS). Single-investigator applications are not responsive to the objectives of this FOA. CCS will support basic research to develop validated, open-source codes for modeling and simulation of complex chemical processes and phenomena that allow full use of emerging exascale and future planned DOE leadership-class computing capabilities.

The focus for CCS is on developing capabilities that allow modeling and simulation of new or previously inaccessible complex chemical systems and/or provide dramatic improvement in fidelity, scalability, and throughput. Teams should bring together expertise in domain areas (e.g., electronic structure, chemical dynamics, statistical mechanics, etc.) and other areas important to advance computational tools such as data science, algorithm development, and software architectures.

Priority will be given to efforts that address reaction chemistry across multiple scales in complex environments important in geosciences, catalysis, biochemistry, or electrochemistry.

  • Limited to one application per institution
  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: December 7, 2020
  • Full Application deadline: February 8, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garrett Steed by December 7, 2020.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Conducting Research to Inform Pandemic Response and Recovery of Emergency-Affected Populations by Determining Public Health Needs, Improving Methods, and Integrating Services to Mitigate Morbidity and Mortality”


The purpose of this RFA is to understand the needs of emergency-affected and displaced populations and estimate morbidity and mortality in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to achieve these overarching goals, the following objectives are proposed among displaced populations affected by humanitarian emergencies:

  • To develop more accurate and refined systems based on evidence-based implementation generated by comparing various mortality surveillance, mortality surveys and cause of death methods specific for humanitarian settings.
  • To compare surveillance and mitigation strategies to better understand disease transmission among emergency-affected populations and develop evidence-based guidelines for the effectiveness and impact of various interventions in humanitarian settings.
  • To leverage a prospective research design to further our understanding of disease transmission, trajectory, secondary and longer-term outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic among displaced persons.
  • To study hand hygiene activities and evaluate how types of hardware (handwashing stations, soaps, hand gels) and behavior change interventions effect COVID-19 transmission and document the health impact of handwashing interventions on COVID19, and enteric or respiratory diseases.
  • To conduct innovative research including randomized controlled trials on the effectiveness and impact of various mental health interventions, programs and services, and develop evidence-based guidelines in humanitarian settings.
    • Limited to one application per institution
    • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: December 8, 2020
    • Letter of Intent: January 18, 2021
    • Full Application deadline: February 18, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garrett Steed by December 8, 2020. 


National Cancer Institute (NCI) has released three funding opportunity announcements for their NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00)*

*These opportunities exist for three award types: Clinical Trials Required, Clinical Trials Not Allowed and Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans.

Institutions are limited to one application per type. Additionally, each application submitted by an institution must be in a different scientific area of interest:

(A) Data Science: For the purposes of this K99/R00 award, data science is defined as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry in which quantitative and analytical approaches, processes, and systems are both developed and used to extract knowledge and insights from increasingly large and/or complex sets of data. This includes cancer-focused data integration and visualization, systems biology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, informatics, genomics, precision oncology, and developing analytics for epidemiological or biostatistical studies.

(B) Cancer Control Science: For the purposes of this K99/R00 award, cancer control science is defined as basic and applied research in the behavioral, social, and population sciences to create or enhance interventions that, independently or in combination with biomedical approaches, reduce cancer risk, incidence, morbidity, and mortality, and improve quality of life. This includes research in epidemiology, behavioral sciences, health services, surveillance, cancer survivorship, and healthcare policy.

(C) Other Sciences: For the purposes of this K99/R00 award, "Other Sciences" includes all scientific fields supported by the NCI that are not included in (A) or (B). Applicants proposing research in (C) "Other Sciences" may apply only if it is reasonable to expect them to transition to independence with an abbreviated period of mentored research and career development beyond their original doctoral degrees.

This program is designed for postdoctoral fellows with research and/or clinical doctoral degrees who do not require an extended period of mentored research beyond their doctoral degrees. The objective of this award is to facilitate a timely transition of these fellows from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions.

The program will provide independent NCI research support during this transition to help awardees to launch competitive, independent research careers.

  • Limited to one application per institution
  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: December 15, 2020
  • Full Application deadline: February 26, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garrett Steed by December 15, 2020.


The Macy Faculty Scholars Program

Macy Faculty Scholars Program is offered by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, is now open for application. Both our School of Medicine and College of Nursing may nominate one candidate each for this program.

The goal of this program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in medical and nursing education. Macy Faculty Scholars are mid-career faculty committed to careers in health professional education.

Eligible candidates hold terminal degrees, have served for five or more years as full-time faculty members and are citizens or permanent residents of the US or its territories.

These are two year awards offering up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits. The sponsor expects to fund five Macy Faculty Scholars through their 2021 Program.

  • Limited to one application from School of Medicine, Limited to one application from College of Nursing
  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: December 16, 2020
  • Full Application deadline: February 10, 2021

There is an informational webinar scheduled for December 9, 2020. Applications are due February 10, 2021.  

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garrett Steed by December 16, 2020.


Junior Faculty Funding Opportunities

CCTSI K to R Transition Program

The CCTSI K to R (KTR) Transition program is now accepting applications for review.

The K to R program is a pre-submission mock grant review process for faculty who are submitting their first R-level application. This CCTSI program provides the opportunity for anyone to submit their R-type grant proposals for internal review prior to submission to the NIH or other funding agency.

Letter of Intent Due Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Application Due Date: Friday, January 1, 2021
In-Person Grant Review: Friday, January 15, 2021 (1-4pm)
NIH Deadline: February 5, 2021

For more information, please contact KTR Program Director: Maggie Wierman, MD or Galit Mankin for uploading/format issues.

Special Announcements

UCHealth: Immediate PRN Shifts Available for Nurses

In response to the COVID-19 impact on our community, UCHealth has immediate PRN shifts available for nurses with acute care, critical care, or emergency department experience.  If you have an active Colorado RN license, we would love to speak with you.  We have shifts available at UCHealth hospitals in the Denver Metro area including University of Colorado Hospital, Highlands Ranch Hospital, Longs Peak Hospital, and Broomfield Hospital. If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested, please contact: Steph Groves or apply to requisition 24893.

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