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September 15, 2020 Research Bulletin

Volume 1, Issue 9


Featured Funding Opportunities

American Lung Association (ALA)

About the ALA

The ALA funds innovative research that takes advantage of new technologies and scientific advancements. An important part of our mission is to collaborate with other lung health-focused organizations and new initiatives.


What’s new at the ALA?

ALA Yearly Grant Awards
Deadline: December 10, 2020

  • Lung Cancer Discovery Awards - Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: September 24: $100,000 per year for up to two years
  • Allergic Respiratory Diseases Award: $75,000 per year for up to two years
  • Innovation Awards: $75,000 per year for up to two years
  • Catalyst Awards: $50,000 per year for up to two years
  • Public Policy Research Awards: $50,000 per year for up to two years
  • Dalsemer Awards: $50,000 per year for up to two years

Collaborative Research Opportunities

National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD)


What’s new at NICHD?

NICHD Program Project Grants for HIV Research (P01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Program Number: RFA-HD-21-023

Deadline Dates:

  • Applications may be submitted on or after February 26, 2021
  • The deadline for receipt of optional letters of intent is 30 days prior to the application due date
  • The deadline for receipt of full applications is March 31, 2021, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization


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.

Junior Faculty Funding & Review Opportunities



The spirit of these grants is to encourage early career investigators to pursue cancer-related research problems.

University of Colorado Cancer Center (UCCC) ACS IRG grants are reserved for those applicants who are in their first few years as junior faculty members (Instructors and Assistant Professors) and who are in the process of establishing independent cancer research programs.  Applicants cannot have received prior, or hold current, major funding from a national peer-reviewed source (NIH, NSF, ACS, AHA, DOD, etc.).  Priority will be given to those applications which demonstrate promise to lead to further funding through conventional support mechanisms.

ACS IRG funds can be used to support project-related expenses only.  Funds cannot be used for salary support for the PI.  In addition to basic science projects, applications for novel translational/clinical projects, population health, cancer disparities, and/or community-based projects are highly encouraged.

Eligibility: Instructor or Assistant Professor within six years of appointment (cannot have received major peer-reviewed funding already, including K99/R00s or other substantial multi-year independent/career development research funding. Must have faculty status. Prior ACS-IRG recipients are eligible to receive funding for a continuation (expansion beyond, but related to) the prior funded work only if they have made substantial  progress as determined by reviewers and have not yet received major funding as specified above.


Impact in the catchment: Funding for at least one seed grant will be designated for studies focused on cancer prevention, control or population health in ethnic minority and underserved (e.g., rural, low-income) communities and that address health disparities specific to the needs of Colorado.

Special Funding for Esophagogastric Cancer: Funding for 1-2 Paul O’Hara II Seed Grant for gastric or esophageal cancer is now available. Applicants for this funding should clearly state the focus on these cancers to be eligible for this mechanism.

Special Funding Categories

Impact in the Catchment: The UCCC’s catchment priorities include the top incident and mortality cancers (lung, breast, prostate, colorectal cancers, and melanoma) that affect disparity populations at risk of worst outcomes. Disparity populations include individuals who live in rural and frontier counties, in poverty, and/or are Hispanic. Risk factors of priority include those that have higher rates (e.g., tobacco, radon levels, sun exposure) or lower rates (e.g., HPV vaccine, cancer screenings) of occurrence in Colorado compared to the rest of the nation.

Paul O’Hara II Seed Grant for Esophagogastric Cancer: Applicants must have a faculty appointment and be able to demonstrate their esophagogastric cancer focus. As these seed grants are geared towards career development, applicants with junior faculty appointments (junior faculty who have not yet received an R01, etc.) will be given preference over senior faculty appointments. However, all faculty levels are eligible to apply.
Applications for these grants and potentially additional funds from the UCCC and/or Denver Broncos cancer funding will be reviewed and managed in compliance with ACS guidelines.

All awards will be made for $30,000 for one year, beginning January 1, 2021.  These grants are not renewable and are non-transferable, but a one-year no-cost extension may be requested.


Guidelines are available here and the online application link is available here.  Questions should be sent email to

CU Cancer Center Membership is encouraged but not required.  Membership application forms are available on the Cancer Center website.

  • Award Type: ACS Institutional Research Grant
  • Sponsor: American Cancer Society
  • Award Amount: $30,000 directs (no indirect costs awarded), non-transferable

Additional Requirements:  
-Letter of commitment from division/department chair
-No major grant support
-CU Denver or CU Boulder faculty or other UCCC member institution

Citizenship Requirements:  Applicant, if not a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, must hold a visa which will allow him or her to remain in the U.S. long enough to complete the scope of their application. Should an award be made, the applicant will be asked to provide such documentation prior to the award issuance.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   5:00 PM Monday, November 2, 2020 (No exceptions).

ADEAR Training Program


The ADEAR Training Program is now accepting applications for post-doctoral training in HIV/AIDS-related research for the 2020-21 academic year.  This integrative program provides multidisciplinary training in basic, translational and clinical science in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) research.

Postdoctoral scientist will receive training under the direction of a broadly based group of faculty at the University of Colorado campuses in Aurora, Boulder and Denver, Colorado State University and Denver University.

The training program faculty are experienced mentors and actively engaged in research related to the discovery and evaluation of new antiretroviral drugs or the application of existing antiretrovirals for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.  Information about the participating institutions can be found by contacting

Trainees receive salary and benefits support according to NIH guidelines, travel funds, and funds to pay for training-related coursework. Support is typically provided for two years, contingent on progress in the first year. One additional year of support can be requested at the end of year two. Award of a third year of support is contingent on approval of the Training Program Steering Committee.


All applicants must:

  • Hold a terminal degree in their field (e.g., DDS, DO, DNP, DVM, MD, PharmD and/or PhD)  
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident “Green Card” holder
  • Be committed to a career as an investigator in HIV-related research
  • Be able to devote full-time effort to the training program during the period of support
  • The applicant’s mentor has to be a full-time faculty at one of the above mentioned institutions and hold an R01 or equivalent funding during the training period


General instructions, criteria, and selection process:

  • Please refer to the NIH web site for specific Institutional NRSA (T32) details and requirements. All candidates must agree to applicable payback stipulations in the T32 regulations.
  • All candidates should have completed their terminal degree by the start of T32 support, have not received independent funding, and have a proposed mentored research project related to the discovery and evaluation of new antiretroviral drugs or the application of existing antiretrovirals for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
  • All recipients will be encouraged to submit at least one additional grant during the funding cycle.
  • All candidates doing human subject research are required to have passed the NIH required human subjects training and test (CITI Basic), and have approval from the IRB and CTRC (if appropriate) before initiating the research.
  • All candidates are expected to include appropriate (recently revised) training in responsible conduct of research per NIH Grants Policy Statement (see below).
  • Co-mentoring between senior and junior level faculty is encouraged.
  • Underrepresented minority, disabled, or disadvantaged candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
  • All proposals should relate to the high priority topics for HIV/AIDS research


Application Instructions:

Applications, which include the following documents, must be submitted electronically through the program website linked below by Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Please contact Kelly Rico, ADEAR Program Administrator with any questions.

The awards will be announced in October 2020.

Limited Submission Opportunities

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): RFA-CA-20-048


The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students recognized by their institutions for their high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful cancer research postdoctoral appointments, and provide opportunities for career development activities relevant to their long-term career goals of becoming independent cancer researchers.

  • Limited to one application per institution
  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: September 18, 2020
  • Application deadline: November 18, 2020

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their Research Training Plan and their NIH biosketch in pdf format to Ryan Holland by September 18, 2020.

Just Announced

The Rivkin Center Offers Scientific Grants

The Rivkin Center is delighted to announce that the competitions for Pilot Study Awards, Scientific Scholar Awards, and Bridge Funding Awards are now open.

All application materials should be submitted through proposalCENTRAL

Application Deadlines:

  • BRIDGE FUNDING AWARDS ($30,000 over 6 months)
    • Deadline: October 15
  • SCIENTIFIC SCHOLAR AWARDS ($120,000 over 2 years)
    • Deadline: December 1
  • PILOT STUDY AWARDS ($75,000* over 2 years)
    • ​​​​Deadline: December 1

*An additional $25,000 may be awarded to a few Pilot Studies for Year 2 of award - based on demonstration of exceptional Year 1 progress and availability of funds.

Special Announcements

Request for Onsite Monitor


Please encourage all monitors to perform remote monitoring as much as possible, and to utilize onsite monitoring when only absolutely necessary.

A REDCap survey has been developed to enable tracking and approval of requests for essential onsite monitors for University spaces. Please use this link to request authorization of onsite monitors. This will enable us to better track and contact monitors in the case of a COVID transmission event. The survey is for monitors needing access University space only, please contact CHCO and UCHealth authorities for their current monitor access policies.

New Resource for Researchers: N3C COVID-19 Data Analytics Platform Now Available


The National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Data Enclave, funded by NCATS of the NIH, is now open to scientists looking for evidence-based answers to COVID-19 research questions. CCTSI Informatics Director Tell Bennett, MD, MS is playing a leadership role with N3C as Co-lead of the Clinical Scenarios and Analytics team. CU has already signed a data use agreement with the N3C that will ensure CCTSI researchers may access the data with relative ease.

This centralized and secure national data analytics platform is for COVID-19 research only, including studying potential risk factors, protective factors and long-term health consequences. As the pandemic continues to evolve, its data and analytics capabilities will grow over time. The data will be obtained from dozens to hundreds of hospitals across the country, providing the largest database of COVID-19 affected patients in the nation. N3C data are provided by CTSA hub partners, including both UCHealth and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Learn more about the N3C data enclave and access support and sign up for “Office Hours” that are being held every Tuesday and Thursday. For questions about CU Anschutz participation in the N3C, please contact


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