In this Issue: 1. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act News 2. Funding Opportunity News 3. NIDCR News 4. NIH News 5. Science Advances
NIDCR Completes Its Commitment of ARRA FundsNIDCR announced that it has completed its commitment of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The institute’s two-year Recovery Act funding totaled $101.8 million and provided support for: --141 new or competing two-year research and research training grants; --128 administrative supplements to scientists with active NIDCR grants; and --Research projects in 33 states throughout the country.
In FY 2009, NIDCR committed $98.8 million, or 97.8 percent of its Recovery Act funds to bolster the nation’s science and economy. In FY 2010, the institute issued about $3 million, primarily to support smaller research grants at institutions or areas of the country that historically have not been major recipients of NIH funding. The institute’s final Recovery Act grant was awarded on September 27, 2010. Dental, oral and craniofacial research also benefited from $10.8 million provided by NIH Recovery Act central funds to support or co-fund 29 NIDCR-issued awards. See additional details.
New National Dental Practice-Based Research Network Limited Competition (U19)NIDCR has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for a limited competition that invites applications from the incumbent NIDCR regional practice-based research networks to establish a National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN). The Institute will support one NDPBRN led by a national network director who will be responsible for the overall scientific leadership and fiscal management of NDPBRN activities. The goals of the cooperative agreement funded under this FOA are to support the infrastructure and conduct of national oral health research studies in dental practices on topics of importance to practitioners, to provide evidence useful in daily patient care, and to facilitate the translation of research findings into clinical practice. See the Funding Opportunity Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DE-12-002.html Also see questions and answers related to the FOA: http://go.usa.gov/CHQ PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS AIDS/HIV
Behavioral/Social Science Research
Emily Harris 301-594-4846
R. Dwayne Lunsford 301-594-2421
REQUESTS FOR APPLICATIONS Behavioral/Social Sciences Research
Application Receipt Date
NIDCR Grantee Receives Prestigious PECASE Award NIDCR grantee Jessica Y. Lee, DDS, MPH, PhD, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), is one of 20 NIH-supported researchers awarded the nation’s highest honor for emerging scientists. The awardees were selected by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The investigators will be honored by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony later this year. Dr. Lee, who is an associate professor in the UNC Department of Pediatric Dentistry, is conducting research on how the oral health literacy of caregivers and parents affects the oral health outcomes of their preschool-aged children. See the complete list of NIH-supported PECASE recipients and program information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/pecase.htm Also see the White House announcement: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pressroom/11052010 USAID Administrator to Present 2010 David E. Barmes Global Health LectureDr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, will discuss "Addressing Grand Challenges: The Role of Science in Global Health Development" when he presents the 2010 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on Tuesday, December 14 at 11:00 a.m. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Masur Auditorium (Building 10) on the NIH campus. It also will be videocast at: http://videocast.nih.gov/ The USAID has provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for almost 50 years. Recently, the agency unveiled a new approach that will support President Obama’s vision for high-impact global development, announced by the White House in September. For more information see: http://www.usaid.gov/unga/ppd.html Also see Dr. Shah's biography: http://www.usaid.gov/about_usaid/bios/bio_rshah.html Jointly sponsored by the NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center, the annual lecture series honors the late David E. Barmes, a longstanding World Health Organization employee, special expert for international health at NIDCR, and ardent spokesman for global health.
Applications Now Accepted for 2011 NIDCR Summer Dental Student AwardTo enable future dentists to experience careers in research, NIDCR offers an outstanding summer training opportunity for dental students. The NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award is designed to give talented dental students hands-on research experience and exposure to the latest advances in oral health research. Selected candidates are assigned to mentors who conduct research in the students’ areas of interest. Participation in the program may result in presentation of research findings at a scientific meeting or co-authorship of scientific publications.
The NIDCR provides a competitive stipend for all summer researchers. Acceptance of this award requires a minimum eight-week commitment. The nominating dental school must agree to support air or ground transportation for their students. Although housing is not supplied by NIDCR, student housing resource guides are provided.
NIDCR is accepting online applications for the Summer Dental Student Award from November 15, 2010 – January 15, 2011. For additional information on how to apply, please visit: http://go.usa.gov/CZI or contact Dr. Deborah Philp, Program Director, (301) 594-6578. NIDCR Participates in USA Science & Engineering Festival Attack of the S. mutans! was featured in the NIH pavilion at the October 23-24, 2010 USA Science & Engineering Expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The finale of a two week-long festival, the Expo had more than 500 exhibitors, 1,500 hands-on activities, and 75 stage shows. Created by Firsthand Technology and the University of Washington School of Dentistry with funding from NIDCR and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Attack of the S. mutans! is a 3-D interactive game that aims to advance oral health while assessing how the use of games can change human behavior. Read more about the USA Science & Engineering Expo: http://nihrecord.od.nih.gov/newsletters/2010/11_12_2010/story1.htm
New Funding Opportunity: NIH Early Independence Award Program The NIH Common Fund is launching a highly selective NIH Director's Early Independence Award Program. The program provides a mechanism for exceptional, early career scientists who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to omit traditional postdoctoral training and move into independent academic positions at U.S. institutions directly upon completion of their graduate degrees (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent). The NIH expects to issue 10 awards through this program in fall 2011. Early Independence Awards are targeted to exceptional junior investigators with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity to flourish independently without the need for traditional post-doctoral training. The selected projects will receive up to $250,000 in direct costs each year for up to five years. The deadline for submitting applications is January 21, 2011. For additional details see the new Funding Opportunity Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-019.html Information about the NIH Director's Early Independence Award: http://commonfund.nih.gov/earlyindependence/ NIH Director Francis Collins' commentary that appeared in Nature, Scientists Need a Shorter Path to Research Freedom: http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101006/full/467635a.html NIH Releases Biennial Report of the DirectorThe Biennial Report of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Fiscal Years 2008 & 2009 is now available: http://report.nih.gov/biennialreport/ The report contains an assessment of the state of biomedical and behavioral research organized by disease category, investigative approach, and resource and provides an integrated portrait of NIH research activities. Twenty Receive NIH Transformative Research Project Awards NIH has named 20 recipients of the 2010 NIH Director's Transformative Research Project Award (T-R01). The T-R01 program supports exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms. Winners of i6 Challenge AnnouncedWinners of the i6 Challenge, a new $12 million innovation competition led by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), in partnership with the NIH and the National Science Foundation, were announced on September 23rd: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2010/od-23.htm The i6 Challenge seeks to identify and support the nation’s best ideas for technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in six different regions of the country. The winning team from each region will receive $1 million from EDA to support their project and may be eligible for additional awards from NIH and NSF. Projects include efforts to drive innovative technologies in the medical and bioscience industries to market more quickly by bringing experts in science and academia together with public and private sector businesses and entrepreneurs. NIH Clinical Center Offers Sabbatical in Clinical Research Management The NIH Clinical Center is accepting applications for a sabbatical program in clinical research management. The program is open to clinical investigators, health care managers and administrators, and others who oversee clinical trials, including international research studies. There is no fee for participating in the program and applications are accepted year-round. The Clinical Center expects to have approximately 10 participants per year. Stipends are not provided by the NIH for travel or living expenses, so it is expected that most individuals will be self-supported or supported by their home institution. For more information, visit the program website: http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/training/sabbatical/index.html Also see the announcement about the program: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2010/cc-29.htm Register Now for Upcoming Conference on Pain and Musculoskeletal Disorders NIDCR, together with the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, is supporting a conference entitled "Pain and Musculoskeletal Disorders: Translating Scientific Advances into Practice," which will take place December 14-15 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference, which will bring together internationally recognized experts in pain as well as outstanding faculty from both the rheumatology and pain fields, is targeted to researchers and clinicians in a broad range of fields involving musculoskeletal medicine, including rheumatologists, orthopedists, anesthesiologists, and neurologists. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit will be offered. View the program agenda at: http://cme.med.umich.edu/events/pdf/U027657.pdf To register online go to: http://cme.med.umich.edu/register/eregister.asp?id=U027657 NIH Announces Institute on Minority Health and Health DisparitiesNIH has announced the transition of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The transition gives the institute a more defined role in NIH's research agenda against health disparities, defined as differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups. The move authorizes the NIMHD to plan, coordinate, review and evaluate all minority health and health disparities research activities conducted and supported by the NIH institutes and centers, and reaffirms the authority of the NIMHD director as the primary federal official with responsibility for coordinating such activities. Read more about the transition: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2010/nimhd-27.htm NIH Introduces Images, a Database of Images in Biomedical LiteratureMore than 2.5 million images and figures from medical and life sciences journals are now available through Images, a new resource for finding images in biomedical literature. The database was developed and will be maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the NIH. Images is available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/images NIH Grantee Wins 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry The 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to NIH grantee Ei-ichi Negishi, Ph.D., of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Negishi shares the award with Richard F. Heck, Ph.D., of the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware and Akira Suzuki, Ph.D., of Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. The three researchers are honored for developing complementary methods to find more efficient ways of linking carbon atoms together to build complex molecules.
NIH Releases "Rockets Boys of NIH" CartoonA new children's cartoon tells the inspiring and true story of how two kids were launched into a scientific adventure in 1957 after receiving a "grant" from the NIH to build a rocket ship. The video is part of NIH's outreach efforts to engage young people in science and show them the dynamic way NIH advances medical research and health. The Rocket Boys of NIH cartoon is available in English and Spanish: http://cms.csr.nih.gov/AboutCSR/CSRNIHHistory/NIHRocketBoys/RocketToon.htm
The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Defining a Key Developmental Pathway in the Salivary Gland http://go.usa.gov/CaNSalivary glands form in large part via a process called branching morphogenesis. NIDCR scientists have now defined several of its key biochemical details. Find out how they did it.
Better Fibroblast Differentiation http://go.usa.gov/Ca9Scientists report initial success in animal studies using a minimally invasive localized surgery to treat craniosynostosis. The finding builds on a more basic question: What is a fibroblast? Reaching Out to Seniors in Rural Appalachia http://go.usa.gov/CaIPoor oral health remains a problem across Appalachia. Researchers offer their lesson learned in reaching out to seniors in rural West Virginia.
A New Twist on Soft Tooth Enamel http://go.usa.gov/Ca5 Researchers long have known that highly acidic drinks, such as lemon juice, can take a toll on tooth enamel. But little is known about the effects of highly acidic conditions on the development of tooth enamel. Scientists offer an intriguing first look.
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