News from NIDCR (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH)

E-Newsletter: April 9, 2010

In this Issue:
1. American Reinvestment and Recovery Act News
2. Funding Opportunity News
3. NIDCR News
4. NIH News
5. Science Advances

 

 


AMERICAN REINVESTMENT AND RECOVERY ACT NEWS

ARRA logo
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
Andrea Moreira, seated, with Dr. Tracie Ferreira
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
Suzy 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

  


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NEWS

Request for Comments on Proposed Change for Electronic Submission of Grant Applications
NIH, 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

Title

NIH
Guide

PA
Number

NIDCR Contact

Expiration
Date

Social Network Analysis and Health (R01) 3/19/10 PAR-10-145 Melissa Riddle
301-451-3888
5/12/12
Social Network Analysis and Health (R21) 3/19/10 PAR-10-146 Melissa Riddle
301-451-3888
5/12/12
Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01)
( also see Health Disparities)
3/18/10 PAR-10-136

Ruth Nowjack-Raymer
301-594-5394

5/12/13
Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R21)
( also see Health Disparities)
3/18/10 PAR-10-137

Ruth Nowjack-Raymer
301-594-5394

5/12/13


Biotechnology/Regenerative Medicine/Biomaterials

Title

NIH
Guide

PA
Number

NIDCR Contact

Expiration
Date

Bioengineering Nanotechnology Initiative (STTR [R41/R42]) 4/06/10 PA-10-149 Nadya Lumelsky
301-594-7703
5/08/13
Bioengineering Nanotechnology Initiative (SBIR [R43/R44]) 4/06/10 PA-10-150

Nadya Lumelsky
301-594-7703

5/08/13


Fellowships



Title

NIH
Guide

PA
Number

NIDCR Contact

Expiration
Date

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (Parent F30) 2/16/10 PA-10-107 Leslie Frieden
301-496-4263
1/08/13
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31) 2/16/10 PA-10-108 Leslie Frieden
301-496-4263
1/08/13
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31- Diversity) 2/16/10 PA-10-109 Leslie Frieden
301-496-4263
1/08/13
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32) 2/16/10 PA-10-110 Leslie Frieden
301-496-4263
1/08/13
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Senior Fellows (F33) 2/16/10 PA-10-111 Leslie Frieden
301-496-4263
1/08/13


Health Disparities

Title

NIH
Guide

PA
Number

NIDCR Contact

Expiration
Date

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01)
( also see Behavioral/Social Sciences) 
3/18/10 PAR-10-136

Ruth Nowjack-Raymer
301-594-5394

5/12/13
Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R21)
( also see Behavioral/Social Sciences) 
3/18/10 PAR-10-137

Ruth Nowjack-Raymer
301-594-5394

5/12/13


Health Literacy

Title

NIH
Guide

PA
Number

NIDCR Contact

Expiration
Date

Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R01) 3/12/10 PAR-10-133

Ruth Nowjack-Raymer
301-594-5394

5/08/13
Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R03) 3/12/10 PAR-10-134

Ruth Nowjack-Raymer
301-594-5394

5/08/13
Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R21) 3/12/10 PA-10-135

Ruth Nowjack-Raymer
301-594-5394

5/08/13


Neurobiology/Pain

Title

NIH
Guide

PA
Number

NIDCR Contact

Expiration
Date

Innovative Neuroscience K-12 Education (SBIR [R43/R44])  3/25/10 PAR-10-154 John Kusiak
301-594-7984
4/05/12



REQUESTS FOR APPLICATIONS

American Reinvestment and Recovery Act

Title

NIH
Guide

RFA 
Number

NIDCR Contact

Application Receipt Date

Recovery Act Limited Competition: The NIH Director's ARRA Funded Pathfinder Award to Promote Diversity in the Scientific Workforce (DP4) 3/05/10 RFA-OD-10-013

Alicia Dombroski
301-594-4805

5/04/10

Education

Title

NIH
Guide

RFA 
Number

NIDCR Contact

Application Receipt Date

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) (R24) 3/15/10 RFA-TW-10-008

Kevin Hardwick
301-594-2765

5/12/10


Neurobiology/Pain

Title

NIH
Guide

RFA 
Number

NIDCR Contact

Application Receipt Date

Collaborative Research on the Transition From Acute to Chronic Pain: New Models and Measures in Clinical and Preclinical Pain Research (R01)  2/26/10 RFA-DE-11-001 John Kusiak
301-594-7984
6/22/10


NIH Roadmap

Title

NIH
Guide

RFA 
Number

NIDCR Contact

Application Receipt Date

Large Scale Production of Perturbagen-Induced Cellular Signatures (U54) 2/26/10 RFA-RM-10-003

Alicia Dombroski
301-594-4805

4/27/10
Production of Human Proteins to be Used for Generating Affinity Reagents (U01) 2/26/10 RFA-RM-10-007 Alicia Dombroski
301-594-4805
4/26/10
Advancing Regulatory Science through Novel Research and Science-Based Technologies (U01) 2/24/10 RFA-RM-10-006 Pamela McInnes
301-443-8618
4/27/10


NOTICES

Title

NIH
Guide

Notice Number

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award Levels Adjusted to $150,000 (Phase I) and $1,000,000 (Phase II)  4/1/10 NOT-OD-10-079
Enhancing Peer Review: Updated Processes for the Review of all Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship Applications 3/31/10 NOT-OD-10-071
NIH Will Require the Electronic Submission of Appointment Forms and Termination Notices via xTrain for Research Training, Fellowship, Education, and Career Awards Beginning January 2011  3/30/10 NOT-OD-10-072
Notice of Change in Expiration Date for Program Announcement on Bioengineering Research Partnerships (PAR-07-352) 3/30/10 NOT-EB-10-001
Final Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (Kirschstein-NRSA) Policy for Tuition, Fees, and Health Insurance on Training Grants and Fellowships 3/24/10 NOT-OD-10-073
Amended NIH Policy on Submission of Late Grant Application Materials Prior to Initial Peer Review 3/19/10 NOT-OD-10-070
Modification to RFA-RM-09-019: Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54)  3/19/10 NOT-RM-10-006
Request for Comments on Proposed NIH, AHRQ, and CDC Process Change for Electronic Submission of Grant Applications 3/18/10 NOT-OD-10-068
Recovery Act: Reminders on Annual Reporting Requirements and Notice of Revised Financial Closeout Requirements for ARRA-funded Administrative Supplements and Competitive Revisions 3/17/10 NOT-OD-10-066
Instructions for Completion and Peer Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) in NIH Grant Applications and Cooperative Agreements 3/17/10 NOT-OD-10-027
Recovery Act: Notice on the 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 3/17/10 NOT-OD-10-067
Modification: This Notice modifies RFA-RM-10-001  3/16/10 NOT-RM-10-005
Notice of Discontinuation of NIDCR and NIBIB Participation in the K24 Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research 3/15/10 NOT-OD-10-064
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity for a new Program Initiative entitled Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) (R24) 3/02/10 NOT-TW-10-291
Status of Certain Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines 2/19/10 NOT-OD-10-063
Update to RFA-AE-10-001: OS Recovery Act Limited Competition: Accelerating Adoption of Comparative Effectiveness Research Results by Providers and Patients (R18) - Announcing Additional Funds Availability and Clarifying Eligible Institutions/Organizations 2/10/10 NOT-AE-10-001



NEW CONCEPT CLEARANCES
Concepts 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/


NIDCR NEWS

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NIH NEWS

New Electronic Submission of Grant Applications Website to be Released
The 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 Programs
Common Fund bannerPrograms 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 Resource
NIH 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  Pain Consortium banner
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/   

SCIENCE ADVANCES

Building Better Bone
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/ScienceBriefs/CurrentSNIB/ 
Color coded contours of perfusion flowOne 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/
XEDAR induces cell deathScience 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/
DPBRNPay 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/
Salt ShakerNIDCR 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/
PS-OCT b-scanScientists 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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