In this Issue: 1. American Reinvestment and Recovery Act News 2. Funding Opportunity News 3. NIDCR News 4. NIH News 5. Science Advances
NIH Director's ARRA Funded Pathfinder Award to Promote Diversity in the Scientific Workforce (DP4)This new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) introduces a research grant program that encourages extremely creative individual scientists to develop innovative--and possibly transforming--approaches for promoting diversity within the biomedical research workforce. To be considered highly innovative, the proposed research must reflect ideas substantially different from those already being pursued or it must apply existing research designs in new and innovative ways to identify factors that will improve the retention of students, postdocs and faculty from diverse backgrounds. Awardees must commit a major portion (generally 30% or more) of their research effort to activities supported by the Director’s Pathfinder Award and the proposed research must be endorsed by the highest levels of institutional management. NIH intends to commit approximately $10 million under this FOA and anticipates that up to 5 awards will be made in fiscal year 2010, pending the number and quality of applications and availability of funds. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-013.html See the following Recovery Act Notices: Notice: Proper Management of Recovery Act Spending to Promote Job Creation and Increase the Pace of Scientific Research; and Policy Limiting Second No-Cost Extensions to Recovery Act Grants http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-067.html Recovery Act: Reminders on Annual Reporting Requirements and Notice of Revised Financial Closeout Requirements for ARRA-funded Administrative Supplements and Competitive Revisions http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-066.html Recovery Act: Update on ARRA Quarterly Reporting Requirements for Non-Competing Continuation Awards and Relinquished Projects; and Guidance to Avoid Common Errors http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-065.html Recovery Act Funds Help to Haul in a Gene of Interest The ongoing search to find a gene holds promise for craniofacial research. Thanks to the Recovery Act, the search also helps to bring out the promise in several students at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Recovery/Gene.htm Recovery Act Helps Build a Second CareerSuzy Vasa went back to school to earn a degree in computational biology. Find out how the Recovery Act has helped her launch a second career: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Recovery/Vasa.htm
Request for Comments on Proposed Change for Electronic Submission of Grant ApplicationsNIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seek comments from the public on the impact and timing of eliminating the error correction window from the electronic grant application submission process. Comments must be received by April 19, 2010: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-068.html NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS Behavioral/Social Sciences
Ruth Nowjack-Raymer 301-594-5394
Nadya Lumelsky 301-594-7703
Application Receipt Date
Alicia Dombroski 301-594-4805
Kevin Hardwick 301-594-2765
Alicia Dombroski 301-594-4805
NEW CONCEPT CLEARANCESConcepts represent early planning stages for initiatives in which NIDCR seeks to support research in an understudied and significant area of science. Approval by the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council does not guarantee that a concept will become a program announcement (PA), request for applications (RFA), or request for proposals (RFP). NIDCR bases this determination on scientific and programmatic priorities balanced with the amount of funds available. The following concept clearances were approved at the January 2010 Council meeting: *Institutional Training for a Dental and Craniofacial Research Workforce *Proposed NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Initiative (2011) See additional details at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/AboutUs/Councils/NADCRC/RecentlyClearedConcepts/
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New Electronic Submission of Grant Applications Website to be ReleasedThe NIH Office of Extramural Research is releasing a redesigned "Electronic Submission of Grant Applications" website on Tuesday, April 13, currently located at: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/ The redesigned "Applying Electronically" site has significantly fewer pages and is meant to help users navigate to the most critical information more easily. Emerging Science, Tech Advances Highlight New NIH Common Fund ProgramsPrograms to create a new center for the study of stem cells and to increase capacity to deal with global health issues were among seven scientific initiatives announced by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. The seven research programs are supported through the NIH Common Fund, which encourages collaborative research programs across the NIH institutes and centers, or ICs, to accomplish work that no single IC could do alone. The programs are all scheduled to begin during fiscal year 2010. The research programs will distribute $17.8 million in NIH Common Fund support in fiscal year 2010, and additional funds in future years.
The seven new scientific programs are: Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signatures Program; Protein Capture Reagents Program; Knockout Mouse Phenotyping Program: Science of Behavior Change Program; NIH Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cell Center; Global Health Program; Regulatory Science Program. Additional information about these programs is available at: http://commonfund.nih.gov/
New Partnership Between NIH and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) NIH and the FDA have unveiled an initiative designed to accelerate the process from scientific breakthrough to the availability of new, innovative medical therapies for patients. The initiative involves two interrelated scientific disciplines: translational science and regulatory science. As part of the effort, the agencies will establish a Joint NIH-FDA Leadership Council to spearhead collaborative work on important public health issues. In addition, NIH and the FDA have jointly issued a Request for Applications, making $6.75 million available over three years for work in regulatory science: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-006.html The research supported through this initiative should add to the scientific knowledge base by providing new methods, models or technologies that will inform the scientific and regulatory community about better approaches to evaluating safety and efficacy in medical product development.
NIH Announces Genetic Testing Registry: Database to Fill Information Gaps and Serve as Research ResourceNIH is creating a public database that researchers, consumers, health care providers, and others can search for information submitted voluntarily by genetic test providers. The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) aims to enhance access to information about the availability, validity, and usefulness of genetic tests.
Currently, more than 1,600 genetic tests are available to patients and consumers, but there is no single public resource that provides detailed information about them. GTR is intended to fill that gap. See additional information at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gtr/ Announcing the 5th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium The 5th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium, "Moving Towards Personalized Pain Management," will be held May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the NIH campus. The symposium will focus on developing tools for individualized pain management, translating research into tailored clinical practice, and emerging therapies for individualized pain management. The symposium is open to the public. To register and for additional information see: http://painconsortium.nih.gov/
Building Better Bone http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/ScienceBriefs/CurrentSNIB/ One day it may be possible to engineer replacement bone for use in the clinic. Read about the latest progress in engineering a TMJ condyle. A Name Like No Other http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/ScienceBriefs/CurrentSNIB/ Science is full of acronyms. But sometimes the names behind the letters tell a much more interesting story. Taking the Measure of Quality Healthcare http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/ScienceBriefs/CurrentSNIB/ Pay for Performance (P4P) has arrived in American healthcare. But is dentistry now ready for P4P? Salt Taste Cells Identified http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/ScienceBriefs/CurrentSNIB/ NIDCR researchers and their colleagues continue to discover the receptors of taste. Their latest discovery mediates a taste that just about everybody already has experienced today. Automating PS-OCT Technology for Dental Enamel http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/ScienceBriefs/CurrentSNIB/ Scientists have spent the past decade adapting PS-OCT technology to the challenges of imaging dental enamel. The process is ongoing, and so is the research progress.
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