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October 20, 2020 Research Bulletin

Volume 1, Issue 11
NewsEvents

Upcoming Funding Opportunities


November 2020

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.   Some of these to have a short turn-around time. In that light, we will have a modified and shortened process for some of these opportunities.   

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


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Emerging Infections Network – Research for Preventing, Detecting and Managing Travelers who Acquire Infectious Diseases Abroad” 

(U01) RFA-CK-21-002

The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to support research activities that will assist with the prevention, detection, and management of international travelers who become ill during or after travel. The project must have a focus on travel and tropical medicine providers with the capability to participate in both research and surveillance to determine the disease prevention strategies, burden, severity, optimal diagnostics, treatment interventions, and outcomes of infectious diseases acquired by travelers while abroad. This research will bridge the gap between clinical medicine and public health by assisting with improving patient care, better understanding the natural history of disease, and implementing optimal diagnostic and treatment strategies, with the ultimate outcome being an advancement in the global health security of the United States.

  • Limited to one application per institution
  • Materials due to OGC: October 26, 2020
  • Full Application deadline: December 18, 2020 

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garret Steed by October 26, 2020.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Monitoring Cause-specific School absenteeism for Estimating Community-Wide Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 Transmission”

RFA-CK-21-003

CDC intends to support a research project implementing an influenza-like illness-specific student absentee monitoring system in kindergarten through twelfth grade schools and assess its usability for early detection of influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory pathogen transmissions in schools and surrounding communities. 

  • Limited to one application per institution
  • Materials due to OGC: October 26, 2020
  • Full Application deadline: December 18, 2020

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garret Steed by October 26, 2020.

 


National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) “Advanced Computing Systems and Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research”

NSF 20-606

The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as service providers (SPs) within the NSF Innovative High-Performance Computing (HPC) program to provide advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities and/or services in production operations to support the full range of computational- and data-intensive research across all of science and engineering (S&E). This year, CISE will only accept proposals for Category II, Innovative Prototypes/Testbeds. Resources proposed in this category will be initially deployed as a prototype/testbed system supporting S&E research through delivery of novel forward-looking capabilities and services. Resources proposed in this category can represent the deployment of new technologies, system architectures, or usage modalities at scale, with plans for developing a national S&E user community that will benefit from the proposed capabilities. Proposed systems could include novel processor architectures supporting artificial intelligence applications, distributed systems leveraging edge devices, domain-specific architectures and technologies, such as but not exclusively, reconfigurable and/or software defined systems, systems designed for streaming data and/or real-time processing, etc.

  • Limited to one application per institution
  • Materials due to OGC: October 26, 2020
  • Full Application deadline: December 3, 2020

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garret Steed by October 26, 2020.


Brain Research Foundation (BRF) is inviting full-time Assistant or Associate Professors working in the field of neuroscience.

BRF’s Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of the Program is to provide start-up money for new research projects and innovative programs that have the potential of becoming competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. Our goal is to have this initial effort succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement.   To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience. Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two-year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2021). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2022). The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit.  
•    Limited to one application per institution
•    Materials due to OGC: November 4, 2020
•    Letter of intent due January 5, 2021
Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garret Steed by November 4, 2020


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Implementing and Evaluating a Data-to-Care Rx Strategy”

(U01) RFA-PS-21-004

The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to support up to three project sites to develop and implement a strategy to use real-time prescription data, each using a different type of prescription data (e.g., from insurance claims, managed care or other healthcare organizations, pharmacy fulfillment, pharmacy benefits managers, AIDS Drug Assistance Program), to identify persons with HIV who fail to pick up prescribed antiretroviral (ARV) medications by approximately 30 or 60 days of the expected fill date, and to target these individuals for progressive adherence and retention interventions. This strategy is called Datato-Care Rx (D2C Rx).  
•    Limited to one application per institution
•    Materials due to OGC: November 4, 2020
•    Full Application deadline: January 5, 2021  
Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garret Steed by November 4, 2020.


Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released a funding opportunity titled “Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership, Education, and Advancement in Undergraduate Pathways (LEAP) Training Program”

HRSA-21-034

The purpose of this program, formerly called the MCH Pipeline Training Program, is to promote the development of a diverse and representative public health and health care workforce by recruiting undergraduate students from underserved or underrepresented backgrounds, including trainees from racially and ethnically underrepresented groups, into MCH public health and MCH-related health professions in order to improve levels of representation, reduce health disparities, and increase access to health care for vulnerable and underserved MCH populations, including those from such racially and ethnically diverse groups.
•    Limited to one application per institution
•    Materials due to OGC: November 4, 2020
•    Full Application deadline: January 7, 2021
Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garret Steed by November 4, 2020.


Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) “Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals”

HRSA-21-089

The purpose of the BHWET Program for Professionals is to develop and expand experiential training opportunities, such as field placements and internships, to improve the distribution and supply of the behavioral health workforce. The BHWET Program for Professionals emphasizes relationships with community-based partners (e.g., hospitals, crisis centers, state and local health departments, emergency departments, faith-based organizations, first responders, and judicial systems) to increase access to quality behavioral health services for populations across the lifespan in high need and high demand areas. A special focus is placed on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns for children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth who are at risk for behavioral health disorders. Additionally, the BHWET Program for Professionals emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration by utilizing team-based care in integrated behavioral health and primary care settings and recruiting a workforce that reflects participation in the institutions’ programs of individuals and groups from different racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, religious, linguistic, and class backgrounds, and different genders and sexual orientations, interested in serving high need and high demand areas.
•    Limited to one application per institution
•    Materials due to OGC: November 16, 2020
•    Full Application deadline: January 21, 2021
Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garret Steed by November 16, 2020.


The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Study Vaccine-elicited Immunity and Efficacy against Malaria (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)”

RFA-AI-20-064

This initiative will support research to advance understanding of the underlying immune mechanisms that contribute to malaria vaccine-elicited protection or vaccine hypo-responsiveness in endemic regions by capitalizing on recent research advances in systems vaccinology and systems immunology as well as emerging opportunities in data science and informatics. Multidisciplinary science and collaboration among investigators from the malaria vaccine research field and other relevant scientific areas are highly encouraged. The goal is to identify host signatures and mechanistic factors that influence malaria vaccine performance in endemic regions to guide and improve future vaccine design and evaluation. NIAID has identified 3 topic areas of interest: 1) Baseline immune status, 2) vaccine-elicited immunity and correlates of vaccine outcomes, and 3) mechanistic studies. Investigators may respond to one or more of these topic areas.
•    Limited to one application per institution
•    Materials due to OGC: November 16, 2020
•    Full Application deadline: February 8, 2021, optional letters of intent due 30 days prior.  
Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garret Steed by November 16, 2020.


National Institute on Aging (NIA) “MD-PhD Training Program in Alzheimer’s Disease and Its Related Dementias and the Behavioral and Social Sciences (T32)”

RFA-AG-21-027

Note: This opportunity is listed as a re-issue of a previous RFA (AG-20-032), but there don’t appear to have been any awards made on the previous RFA according to NIH RePORTER and NIH is only soliciting new applications for this opportunity.

NIA's MD-PhD Training Program in Alzheimer's Disease and Its Related Dementias and the Behavioral and Social Sciences is designed to help strengthen the pipeline of physician-scientist leaders dedicated to using social and behavioral science approaches to addressing the nation's challenges posed by Alzheimer's disease and its related dementias (AD/ADRD). This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible domestic institutions to develop and implement effective approaches to integrated dual-degree training leading to the award of both an MD and a research doctorate degree (PhD or equivalent). This FOA invites applications from institutions with externally funded grants in the social/behavioral sciences that are relevant to the research topics proposed under this FOA. Fields of graduate training that are responsive to this FOA are economics, health economics, health services research, public policy, healthcare policy, social work, demography, sociology, social epidemiology, and psychology. Integrated medical and graduate research training programs may be built around single disciplines or may be multidisciplinary, may be flexible in structure, and should be consistent with individual institutional strengths. Proposed training programs should be flexible and adaptable in providing each trainee with the appropriate background in the social/behavioral sciences relevant to AD/ADRD research and clinical practice, yet be rigorous enough to enable graduates to function independently in both basic social/behavioral science research and clinical investigation.
•    Limited to one application per institution
•    Materials due to OGC: November 16, 2020
•    Non-binding letters of intent due January 3, 2021
•    Full Application deadline: February 3, 2021
Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to Garret Steed by November 16 , 2020.

Junior Faculty Funding Opportunities


CCTSI KL2 Funding Opportunity

The CCTSI KL2 Mentored Research Scholar award program has funding for new scholars beginning in 2021.  We are strongly encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds and those often underrepresented in clinical translational research.

Pre-application Due Date: November 5, 2020
If invited, Full Application Due Date:  January 7, 2021
Decision Date:  February 1, 2021 (approximate)
Start Date:  February 15, 2021 (approximate)

For more information, please contact KL2 Director: Ellen Burnham, MD, MS or Galit Mankin, Program Administrator.


CCTSI Translational Methods Pilot Grant

The TM-Pilot Program (formerly known as Novel Method Development) supports the development of novel methods and innovative technologies for clinical and translational research.

Intent to apply form has been extended and is due, October 26, 2020.   

Please contact Debra Szuster, CCTSI Pilot Program Coordinator with any questions.

Special Announcements


Cancer Grand Challenges

Leaders from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) came together in August to announce its new partnership, the Cancer Grand Challenges program. Cancer Grand Challenges recently released nine challenges to promote novel ideas by multidisciplinary research teams from around the world that offer the potential to advance bold cancer research and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer. Review the challenges and start your application process. The deadline is April 22, 2021.

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