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July 20, 2021 Research Bulletin

Volume 2, Issue 14

Dear Research Community Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the first annual University Research Awards. This year the focus is to highlight the many outstanding achievements in the research community related to COVID on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus since March 2020. Awards will be presented at a live celebratory event to be held on Tuesday, October 26 at 4pm.

There are many award categories available to recognize faculty and staff members who have been directly involved in COVID research or critical to the support of the research community during the COVID pandemic. Please take a few moments to review the award descriptions and submit a nomination for a colleague using the nomination form.   

We recognize that many have made significant contributions to support our research mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we will not be able to recognize all deserving individuals, we are glad to be able to celebrate the representative efforts of some members of the research community.  

The deadline for nominations is August 24, 2021.

Thomas Flaig, MD
Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz

  • 8/3: Planning Your Research Agenda for Fall 12-1pm
  • 8/12: Considering DEI in Research 12-1pm


Featured Funding Opportunities

NIH Funding Announcements

NIH funding opportunities and notices are presented weekly. Please see the current and past updates below.

Limited Funding Opportunities

Currently we are seeing 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.

Please take a moment to visit and bookmark the newly launched website featuring limited funding opportunities.

To submit a proposal for these opportunities:

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format via the Limited Submission Portal.

Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity (CIIHE)


Assistant Secretary for Health within the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released a funding opportunity titled “Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity (CIIHE)” (MP-CPI-21-007). The CIIHE will support efforts including education, service and policy development, and research related to advancing sustainable solutions to address health disparities and advance health equity in two focus populations: 1) American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and 2) Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. Institutions are limited to two applications, one for each focus population.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: July 26, 2021
  • Sponsor Deadline: August 16, 2021

FIRST Program

NIH announced their FIRST (Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation) program with the goal of enhancing and developing cultures of inclusive excellence at NIH-funded institutions and evaluating their impact. Implementing and sustaining cultures of inclusive excellence has the potential to be transformational for biomedical research at awardee institutions and beyond.  (RFA-RM- 21-025: NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional).

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: July 27, 2021
  • Sponsor Deadline: September 24, 2021

NOTE:  This is the second issuance of a FIRST cohort RFA. Only one more re-issuance is expected. The program is expected to fund a total of 12 cohort awards, pending available funds.

Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced the availability of an estimated $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding over a three-year period to reduce burnout and promote mental health among the health workforce. These investments, which take into particular consideration the needs of rural and medically underserved communities, will help health care organizations establish a culture of wellness  among the health and public safety workforce and will support training efforts that build resiliency for those at the beginning of their health careers.

There are three funding opportunities that are now accepting applications:

  1. Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce
  2. Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program
  3. Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Technical Assistance Center

Institutions are limited to one application for each program.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: August 3, 2021
  • Sponsor Deadline: August 30, 2021

Teaching Health Center Planning and Development Technical Assistance

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Teaching Health Center Planning and Development (THCPD) Technical Assistance (TA) (THCPD-TA) funding opportunity. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to provide TA to HRSA’s THCPD Program award recipients to support the creation of new accredited community-based primary care residency programs. Residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, or geriatrics will help to support the expansion of the physician and dental workforce in underserved communities.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: August 6, 2021
  • Sponsor Deadline: August 30, 2021

2024 American National Election Study Competition (ANES)

(NSF 21-601)

National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a program solicitation titled “2024 American National Election Study Competition (ANES)” (NSF 21-601). Institutions are limited to one proposal.

The Accountable Institutions and Behavior Program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences expects to make one or two awards for the 2024 American National Election Study (ANES), with the award to run from fiscal years 2022 to 2025.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: August 10, 2021
  • Letter of Intent: September 20, 2021
  • Sponsor Deadline: December 10, 2021

Special Announcements

The Industry and Foundation Relations Office at CU Boulder is partnering with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation to host an interactive webinar on postdoctoral opportunities sponsored by the foundation.  

Notably, the foundation is currently accepting applications for the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award through August 16.  During the webinar, Anja Armache, Damon Runyon Science Officer, will provide an overview of foundation opportunities and Sabrina Spencer, Assistant Professor at CU Boulder, will describe her experience as a previous recipient of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellowship and recipient of the 2021 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award.  

Target Audience:

  • CU postdoctoral researchers & their advisors


  • Wednesday, July 21, 10-11 am


  • Virtual

The Jennifer N. Bourne Prize in Brain Ultrastructure, funded by Kristen M. Harris, recognizes an early-career neuroscientist for outstanding work that advances our understanding of brain structure and structure-function relationships at the nanometer scale.

Please visit the Society for Neuroscience for more details and for nominating individuals for the Jennifer N. Bourne Prize in Brain Ultrastructure.

A donation page is available as well.

The CCTSI Team LITeS program is now accepting applications!

The 2021-22 Team LITeS is an updated, year-long program, focused on the development of leadership and team-building skills within the context of the academic health center. Teams who work in any area of the Clinical-Translational spectrum are encouraged to apply. Team LITeS aims to increase the success of teams through professional training in key leadership skills and teaming competencies.

The structure of the program involves 8, half-days of live, interactive, Zoom-based workshops. There will be team coaching and facilitating available as well. Teams will also develop and present meaningful projects of their own design, utilizing their talents and the skills and competencies learned in Team LITeS.

Additional information about the program, including past participants and links to apply, can be found on the LITeS website. The program is available to nominated and self-nominated teams.

Join the Ninth Annual CCTSI CU-CSU Summit:
“Evolving Impacts of COVID-19: Research Advances in Colorado and Beyond”  

The CU-CSU Summit will be completely online.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Approximately 8:30am – 2:00pm

The aim of the CU-CSU Summit is to engage researchers at all levels of training from each CCTSI partner institution – CU Anschutz, CU Denver, CU Boulder and Colorado State University – who are interested in learning more about research resources, analysis and collaborations on the topic of the Evolving Impacts of COVID-19: Research Advances in Colorado and Beyond.

With this annual conference, the CCTSI seeks to foster new collaborations and innovative research across campuses.

So go to the CU-CSU Summit website to learn more, view the agenda and register today!

Pre-K Grant Review - The CCTSI is now reviewing NIH K and Career Development Awards!

What is the CCTSI Pre-K program? This program offers a unique opportunity for those submitting NIH K (or equivalent) awards to receive specific written and verbal critique of their proposals prior to submission to the funding agency.  

Review of specific aims, grant criteria, tips on procuring good letters of support, and writing a successful career development plan are all part of the process. A letter of intent is required by August 23, 2021, as well as attendance at the mock study section.

  • Online Letter of Intent DUE: August 23, 2021
  • Full Proposal DUE: September 6, 2021
  • MOCK STUDY SECTION: Attendance Require
    • September 23, 2021—Noon - 5PM

More information is available on the Pre-K section of the CCTSI website.

The Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and CU Innovations are now accepting applications for the 2021 Gates Grubstake Fund awards.  

Multiple awards of $350,000 will be granted to investigators with programs within or adjacent to treatments, diagnostics, devices and tissue engineering.

Applications are due on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.  
For more information and application details visit the Gates website, or contact the Gates Center’s Entrepreneur in Residence and CU Innovations Director of Licensing Heather Callahan.

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