Funding Announcements - July 30, 2014

PCORI offers a number of funding opportunities. Most of PCORI's primary research funding is awarded through PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs), broad calls for projects aligned with their National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. PCORI has five priorities — Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options;  Improving Healthcare Systems; Communication and Dissemination; Addressing Disparities; and Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research. Each represents a line of inquiry that addresses unmet needs of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders in making personalized clinical decisions across a wide range of conditions, populations, and treatments.

August 2014 Deadlines

Alex's Lemonade Stand, Independent Nurse Researcher Grant (Discovery Award), Due August 6, 2014

The sponsor provides support to experienced investigators to investigate topics and issues related to the quality of nursing care and the quality of life for children with cancer.

Oncology Nursing Foundation/Society - Trish Greene Pain Assessment and Management Research Grant, LOI Due Date is August 15, 2014     

The purpose of the grant is to promote oncology nursing research in the areas of pain assessment and pain management.    To receive these grants, the principal investigator must be actively involved in some aspect of cancer patient care, education, or research and be PhD- or DNSc-prepared or a student working toward one of those research degrees. Funding preference is given to projects that involve nurses in the design and conduct of the research activity and that promote theoretically based oncology practice. Membership in the ONS is not a requirement.  The sponsor will award grants of up to $25,000 each with project periods of up to two years.  

TriService Nursing Research Program, Career Development Program, Due August 26, 2014

The purpose of the Career Development Award is to support mentored research training for experienced, active duty nurse scientists. It should expand the nurse scientist‘s research skill set and have the potential to further his or her research career.

September 2014 Deadlines

CANS/SNRS Dissertation Award Applications Due September 1st!

Attention All Doctoral Students and Faculty Mentors!  The deadline for the CANS/SNRS Dissertation Award of $5,000.00 is September 1, 2014. Please check the website for the full announcement. Applicants for the Council Dissertation Award must be current members (full or student member) of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and SNRS. The time line for completion of this award is 18 months.  To cover administrative costs, applications must be accompanied by a $25.00 fee. Please remind your students and colleagues!  Can't make this deadline? The next SNRS Dissertation Award will be offered with a March 1, 2015 closing date.

New Investigator Small Grant Program

The AcademyHealth New Investigator Small Grant Program is designed to support the early careers of new health services researchers. This grant program funds innovative, timely, and relevant research and translation activities that advance AcademyHealth's vision of improving health and health care by generating evidence and moving evidence into policy and practice. The 2014 application cycle is now open. 2014 New Investigator Small Grant Program Partners; American Heart Association, Association for Community Affiliated Plans, & March of Dimes

October 2014 Deadlines

Southern Nursing Research Society, Research Grant Award due October 1, 2014

Funds are available for quantitative and qualitative research on any topic relevant to the nursing profession. This award will fund research that is not being done for course credit. The SNRS Research Grant is for $7500.

American Association of Diabetes Educators Education & Research Foundation, Due October 1. 2014

AADE and Sigma Theta Tau International (Nursing Honor Society) are offering a collaborative $6,000 grant for a research project in the field of diabetes education.

American Cancer Society, Mentored Research Scholar Grants, due October 15

Mentored Research Scholar Grants in Applied and Clinical Research provide support for mentored research and training to full-time junior faculty, typically within the initial four years of their first independent appointment. The goal is for these beginning investigators to become independent researchers as either clinician scientists or cancer control and prevention researchers.  Application Deadline October 15, 2014.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses Grant, Due October 31

AACN enthusiastically supports members of our community who seek evidence to support our bedside colleagues in ensuring safety and excellent care for critically ill patients and their families. Funds support research that drives change in high acuity and critical care nursing practice. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Rolling Deadlines

The American Nurses Foundation (ANF)

The ANF is accepting applications for its 2014 Nursing Research Grant (NRG) Program. The program will provide up to $225,000 in research awards to beginner and experienced nurse researchers.

Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change

Pfizer offers support for independently-run health care quality improvement initiatives through online resources and medical education grants.

The Commonwealth Fund 

The Fund supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. The CF is dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, low-income families, minorities, and the uninsured.

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

The foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals. Their grantmaking is focused primarily in five priority areas.  A number of grant opportunities are available.

American Cancer Society

With a primary focus on beginning investigators, the American Cancer Society's Extramural Grants Program seeks to support and promote high impact and innovative cancer research across a wide range of disciplines to meet critically important needs in the control of cancer.

Susan G. Komen Grant Funding Opportunities

American Heart Association 

Funding Opportunities - The American Heart/Stroke Association is committed to identifying and supporting specific science areas deemed vital to achieving our mission and strategic objectives.

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SON Talks, July 30, 2014

August Talks

Professional Development Training: Tools and skills to help a client with substance use-related problems SBIRT & MI Training, August 1, 2014 August 1, 2014, from 9-2 in CNR room 1020 Dr. James Paul Seale of Mercer University School of Medicine will be leading the SBIRT & MI Training Workshop at no cost to attendees and lunch is provided.  Dr. Seale received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to integrate alcohol and drug abuse curriculum into training programs. Specifically, the curriculum trains nurse practitioners, faculty, physicians, students, and preceptors to conduct Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for at risk alcohol and drug use and to employ Motivational Interviewing in their practices. Space for this important workshop is limited because of the interactive nature and registration is required.  Seats are filling up! Please register now to reserve your seat.  This five-hour training is free and is open to all interested faculty and preceptors including nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians and any other interested parties.

The 2014 Veterans Community Mental Health Summit, Aug 22, 2014

Improving the Mental Health of Veterans and Their Families - The purpose of the Mental Health Summit is to bring together key stakeholders in the community with the goal of enhancing access to mental health services and addressing the mental healthcare needs of Veterans and their family members. Doubletree Hote, 808 20th Street South, Birmingham. While there is no fee to attend the Summit, registration is required due to space and food limitations. Space is limited! Register here.

September Talks

StarIntroduction to Mixed Methods Research with Dr. Nataliya Ivankova

September 16, 2:30-3:30, Understanding and Navigating the Field of Mixed Methods Research: A Practical Guide to the Field
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Jen's Picks - Week of July 30, 2014

August Due Dates

HHS-2014-ACL-AOA-AL-0090 - Alzheimer's Disease Initiative: Specialized Supportive Services Project Financed Solely by 2014 Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF-2014), Application due date is August 6, 2014

Cooperative agreements under this funding opportunity announcement, Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative: Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) project, are financed solely by 2014 Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF-2014). The project is designed to fill gaps in dementia-capable long term services and supports (LTSS) for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers by providing quality, person-centered services that help them remain independent and safe in their communities. A dementia-capable system meets the unique needs of each person with dementia by 1) identifying those with a possible dementia and recommending follow up with a physician, 2) ensuring that the staff they encounter have appropriate training, understand the unique needs/services available and knowing how to communicate with them, and 3) providing quality, person-centered services that help them remain independent and safe in their communities. A dementia-capable system also involves family caregivers when they are available and it is appropriate. The cooperative agreements are intended to fill existing service gaps in the following areas: 1) Provision of effective supportive services to persons living alone with ADRD in the community. 2) Improvement of the quality and effectiveness of programs and services dedicated to individuals aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities with ADRD or those at high risk of developing ADRD. 3) Delivery of behavioral symptom management training and expert consultation for family caregivers.

PA-14-290 - Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants (R18), Letter of Intent is due August 25, 2014.  

The Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grant (R18) is an award made by AHRQ to an institution/organization to support a discrete, specified health services research project. The project will be performed by the named investigator and study team. The R18 research plan proposed by the applicant institution/organization must be related to the mission and priority research interests of AHRQ

September Due Dates

PA-14-222 - Long-Term Retention in Care for U.S. Substance Using Populations (R34)/R21/R01Application Due Date is Sept. 7, 2014
Until there is a cure, people living with HIV (PLWH) will have to be retained in care throughout their lives. Therefore, the purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research on long-term retention in care leading to sustained viral suppression among substance abusers.

RFA-MH-15-600 - NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (NIMH BRAINS) (R01) Letter of Intent Due Sept. 23, 2014

The NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) award is intended to support the research and research career development of outstanding, exceptionally productive scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and who plan to make a long term career commitment to research in specific mission areas of the NIMH.This award seeks to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders.The NIMH BRAINS program will focus on the research priorities and gap areas identified in the NIMH Strategic Plan and the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project

October Due Dates

PA-14-291 - AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Health Services Research Projects (R01), Next Application Due Date is Oct. 5, 2014.  

The Research Project Grant (R01) is an award made by AHRQ to an institution/organization to support a discrete, specified health services research project. The project will be performed by the named investigator and study team. The R01 research plan proposed by the applicant institution/organization must be related to the mission and priority research interests of AHRQ.

NIH/NICHD PA-12-142  - Research on Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) (R21), Next Application Due Date is Oct. 16, 2014.  

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invite applications dealing with the following areas of research included under the term EMSC: prevention research to reduce the need for emergency care; clinical research to ensure that children receive high-quality and appropriate medical, nursing and mental health care in an emergency; health systems research, from pre-hospital care, to the emergency department, to in-patient care and return to the community; models to improve service and cost efficiency in pediatric emergency care; and methodological studies to improve the quality of research conducted.  This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PA-13-260 - Secondary Analyses of Alcohol and Chronic Disease (R01), Next Application Due Date is Oct. 5, 2014 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages R01 applications that propose to conduct secondary analyses of alcohol as it relates to chronic disease etiology and epidemiology. The goal of this program is to facilitate innovative yet cost-effective research utilizing previously collected data

PAR-12-229 - Physical Activity and Weight Control Interventions among Cancer Survivors: Effects on Biomarkers of Prognosis and Survival (R21), Due Date is Oct. 16, 2014.  

National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications for transdisciplinary and translational research that will identify specific biological or biobehavioral pathways through which physical activity and/or weight control (either weight loss or avoidance of weight gain) may affect cancer prognosis and survival. Research applications must test the effects of physical activity or weight control or both interventions on biomarkers of cancer prognosis among cancer survivors identified by previous animal or observational research, which may include but are not limited to intervention-induced changes in sex hormones, insulin or insulin-like growth factors or their binding proteins, insulin resistance, glucose metabolism, leptin and other adipokines, immunologic or inflammatory factors, oxidative stress and DNA damage or repair capacity, angiogenesis, or prostaglandins. This research will require transdisciplinary approaches that bring together behavioral intervention expertise, cancer biology, and other basic and clinical science disciplines relevant to the pathways being studied.  Understanding the pathways through which these interventions are effective would identify the optimal type and intensity of intervention and determine who is most likely to benefit from these interventions by cancer type, age, or other host factors. 

RFA-MH-15-700 - Mentored Career Development Award to Build Research Capacity in Global Mental Health (K01) Application Due Date is Oct. 29, 2014

The purpose of the NIMH Mentored Career Development Award to Build Research Capacity in Global Mental Health is to provide support and "protected time" (three to five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience that will facilitate the entry of early career investigators into the field of global mental health research and lead to research independence. The NIMH invites applications from advanced postdoctoral and/or recently appointed early research scientists (usually with a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and no more than six years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application) in biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences who are pursuing global mental health research careers in areas supported by the NIMH. After the first year of the award, award recipients must spend at least four months per year in-country conducting research at research sites or institutions in World Bank defined low- or middle-income countries (LMICs).

February Due Dates

FA-DK-14-022 - Improving Diabetes Management in Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes (DP3), Letter of Intent Due Feb. 18, 2015

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to develop, refine, and pilot test innovative strategies to improve diabetes management in young children with type 1 diabetes (5 years old and under). At the end of the funding period, there should be a well-developed and well-characterized intervention that has been demonstrated to be safe, feasible to implement, acceptable in the target population, and, if promising, ready to be tested in a larger efficacy trial.

UAB Talks, July 30, 2014


Mixed Methods Health Research Hands-On Workshop, August 21, 9-4

Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center presents Dr. Nataliya V. Ivankova "Conducting Mixed Methods Research in Health Science:From Theory to Application". Mixed methods research is growing in acceptance and application across disciplines including health sciences which is in part supported by the publication of Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences by NIH OBSSR (2011).  The objective of this hands-on workshop is to introduce mixed-methods research, its key methodological characteristics, and its basic design and procedures.  For more information or to register, please contact Dawn Fizer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Visiting Professor Seminar - August 12, 11-12

Robert Califf, MD from Duke University Medical Center will be giving a special visiting professor seminar on Tuesday, August 12th at 11am.  The seminar will be held in Medical Towers, Room 634. The title of Dr. Califf’s talk is “What Kind of Clinical Trials should a National Network Conduct? A Perspective from one year of the NIH HCS Collaboratory and the Startup of PCORI.” Please register to attend this presentation at no later than August 8th.
Jointly Sponsored by the UAB School of Medicine and the UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC), UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS), UAB Deep South Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs), and UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy (LHC).

NORCSOPH-NORC, Mentor the Mentor Workshop, August 25

This Workshop aims to share and discuss the benefits and challenges of being a mentor at UAB, as well as to share successful (and not so successful) mentoring strategies. The panel includes UAB faculty members with a range of mentoring experience including mentoring of graduate students, medical students, postdocs, and junior faculty.


Thirteenth Annual Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences, September 10

School of Public Health and the Department of Biostatistics invites you to attend, "The Fostering the Advancement of Women in Academia" presented by Judith D. Singer, Ph.D. Senior Vice Provost, Faculty Development & Diversity –and  James Bryant Conant Professor of Education; Harvard University. Dr. Singer is an internationally renowned statistician and social scientist, Singer’s scholarly interests focus on improving the quantitative methods used in social, educational, and behavioral research. Wednesday, September 10, 2014, The Edge of Chaos – Atrium. Please R.S.V.P. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 3

UAB Annual Nursing Research Day, September 12

The UAB Center for Nursing Excellence, Evidence Based Nursing Practice and Research Council, and the UAB School of Nursings invites you to attend the 2014 Magnet Evidenced Bases Practice and Research Day, September 12 from 8-4 at the Margaret Spain Cameron Auditorium.  For more information contact Christy McDougal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Center for Exercise Medicine 2nd Annual Symposium, September 26

Keynote Lecture, Mark Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine & Director of Neuromuscular and Neurometabolic Clinic McMaster University Medical Center Hamilton, Ontario. Details and registration information will follow soon. Call for Abstracts The UAB Center for Exercise Medicine is sponsoring a trainee poster session during the second annual symposium highlighting the research of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees including clinical fellows and residents. Trainees are invited to submit abstracts on basic, clinical, translational, and population science that are broadly related to exercise medicine. Principal authors of the top three posters (as determined by faculty judges) will each receive a $500 travel award. Submission Deadline:August 22 


UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center-3rd Annual Symposium, October 3-4
"Frontiers in Diabetes-Related Cardiovascular Disease: From Bench to Bedside to Community" October 3-4, 2014, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa Birmingham, AL
 William W. Featheringill Keynote Lecture: David C. Goff, Jr., MD, PhD, Dean, Colorado School of Public Health, ”Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program into the Community.  The Help Prevent Diabetes Experience.” CCVC Keynote Lecture: Ira J. Goldberg, MD, Director, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, NYU Langone Medical Center

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center 17th Annual Research Retreat, October 6

2014 Meeting Theme – Personalized Cancer Care.  Program Committee:  Eddy Yang, MD, PhD – Chair; Jonas Almeida, PhD; Andres Forero, MD;  Bruce Korf, MD, PhD; Kevin Roth, MD, PhD.
  • Online Abstract submission: DUE August 4, 2014
  • Online Advance registration: DUE September 8, 2014 

Communitiy Engagement Institute, October 10

Join the CCTS's One Great COmmunity project and CSCH's Jefferson County Board for a half day education and training opportunity to gain informative skills related to collaborative research and service.  This event serves as a way to connect local change agents to one another for action. More information to come.

Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, October 24, Call for Research Abstracts, Due August 22!

The Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging requests abstract submissions from faculty members and their trainees for possible oral or poster presentation at this year’s Annual Meeting.  Abstracts must be on recent aging-related research.  Submission of abstracts previously presented at regional or national meetings is encouraged. The 22nd Annual Symposium will be held at the Bradley Lecture Center (Children’s Harbor 4th floor) October 24, 2014 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Open to all UAB Senior Faculty, Junior Faculty, Pre/Post-Doctoral Trainees and Students! Competition for Oral Presentations Top scoring abstracts will be invited to give oral presentations at the Annual Meeting and receive $500 awards. Poster Competitions, $250 prizes will be awarded for the top scoring posters.

March 2015

Save the Date! the 10th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium, March 17-18

The Science of Health Disparities: From Social Causes to Personalized Medicine, plenary sesssions, panel discussision, & breakout sessions.  More information coming soon.


NEW CCTS Research Seminar Series

Starting in June and throughout the summer, critical research implementation and management topics will be presented on the first and third Thursday at noon in PCAMS (1924 7th Avenue South). These topics will be of interest and relevance specifically to clinical research personnel including investigators, regulatory personnel, study coordinators and financial administrators. The goal of this new program is to fill in the gaps in information related to the implementation of clinical trials that have been identified by investigators and their research teams. Presented by Penny Jester, co-director UAB Clinical Trials

Epidemiology/Biostatistics Clinic in The Edge of Chaos, Mondays

This clinic provides the UAB community access to epidemiology and biostatistics resources.  Available most Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Edge of Chaos (Lister Hill Library, 4th floor).  Check the Edge of Chaos calendar for confirmation of meeting dates and times.

Children's of Alabama Grand Rounds

The Continuing Medical Education program at Children's of Alabama provides educational opportunities for pediatric providers and specialists throughout the southeast.  Their goal is to offer practical and dynamic CME courses on a variety of pediatric health care topics.  As the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School, they have more than 200 specialists conducting research and clinical trials on the cutting edge of medicine.  Grand Rounds are held each Thursday at 12 noon in the Bradley Lecture Center, 4th Floor of the Children's Center for Research & Innovation.

UAB's prison lecture series
Get Involved! Volunteers willing to speak on any subject that would appeal to a general audience — from Expressionist art and medieval pilgrimage to advances in robotics and Antarctic biology — are encouraged to contribute to UAB's prison lecture series.

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