Faculty Scholarships, Pre, & Post Doc Opportunities, October 29, 2014


VA Quality Scholars Fellowship

The VA Quality Scholars Fellowship is actively recruiting for this fellowship for the next cohort, which begins July 1, 2015 (and ends June 30, 2017).  PhDs and DNPs may apply (pre-docs may apply; post-docs are preferred).

What is in it for YOU, you ask?

  • A paid full time fellowship (you get a stipend, and money for books, but not tuition)
  • You do not need to be in the VA (but you will belong to the VA for 2 years if selected)
  • There is no payback to the VA upon completion
  • You have an immersion experience in the science of quality improvement, meet other MD and RN fellows from around the country, and travel a bit at least once a year to a national meeting
  • You gain incredible experience by conducting QI and research projects, working under the tutelage of a mentorship team here at UAB.

Any questions?  Please contact Patricia Patrician, RN, PhD at ppatrici@uab.edu


December Due Dates


Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, Due December 12, 2014

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago invite outstanding doctoral students to apply for the Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being—seeking innovations in child abuse and neglect prevention. These fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The application period for the fifth cohort of fellows opens on August 15, 2014. Applications are due by December 15, 2014. The fifth cohort will begin in the summer of 2015. Each fellow receives an annual stipend of $25,000 for up to two years.

The UAB-VA Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research (HSOER) Training Program, a coordinated mentored research fellowship program, is accepting applications for the July 1, 2015 start dates.

UAB National Research Services Award (T32) Fellowships in Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research (Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc, Program Director; Monika Safford, MD, Co-Director)  These are full-time, 2-year mentored research training positions funded through National Research Services Awards T32’s supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Fellowships may be coordinated with clinical specialty or subspecialty residency training programs to support research training for residents and fellows interested in outcomes and effectiveness research.  The application deadline is December 15, 2014.  Please see the attached flyer for more details and fellowship contacts. For questions regarding eligibility, program requirements and the application process and to request an application packet, please contact Ryan Outman at routman@uab.edu.   


January Due Dates

Claire M Fagin Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Due January 16, 2015 

The sponsor provides funding for two years of full time advanced research and leadership training for doctorally prepared nurses committed to careers in academic geriatric nursing.

Patrician G. Archbold Predotoral Scholar Award, Due January 16, 2015

The sponsor provides a two-year predoctoral program to increase academic gerontological nursing capacity in the United States by increasing the number of well-prepared gerontological nursing faculty. This program is designed to support 2 years of doctoral work for nurses committed to careers in academic gerontological nursing


Have a Scholarship Opportunity you would like to share? 
email Lauren Antia at lar@uab.edu

Jen's Federal Funding Picks - Week of October 29, 2014


November Due Dates

HRSA-15-071 - Partnership for State Title V Maternal and Child Health Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement, Application due date is Nov. 3, 2014.  

This announcement solicits applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Partnership for State Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to support an organization focusing on MCH to improve public health programs and the delivery of MCH services and assure optimal alignment with the transformed Title V MCH Services Block Grant program.  The awardee will support efforts of State Title V MCH programs, led by State MCH  and Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Directors, to improve the health of all mothers and children by assisting States in developing, implementing, and sustaining public health programs and a comprehensive system of care for the delivery of MCH services that are well aligned with the transformed Title V MCH Services Block Grant.  In addition, the awardee will support efforts of State Title V MCH Services Block Grant programs related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including outreach and enrollment, tracking improvements from coverage to care to systems, and developing an early warning system for ACA-related issues in MCH. Applications for the Partnership for State Title V MCH Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement must address the following four goals: 1. Assist and support State MCH and CSHCN Directors in improving MCH outcomes; 2. Serve as an effective voice in communicating the importance of MCH issues; 3. Develop strong partnerships and collaborations with other national partners to advance MCH priorities; and 4.Facilitate development of a highly skilled MCH workforce, including State MCH leaders and staff, family leaders, and youth leaders. This funding will assist in providing an effective link between the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), State Title V MCH programs, and MCH-related organizations at the national level to improve each State’s ability to demonstrate the impact and value of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant.  This funding also will support closer linkages between State Title V MCH programs and other HRSA and non-HRSA investments, including, but not limited to, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), Healthy Start, newborn screening, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), community health centers, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

PAR-14-321 - Developing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R21/R33), Next Application Due Date is Nov. 4, 2014

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for Phased Innovation (R21/R33) grant awards to support highly innovative research aimed at developing multi-level interventions that will increase health-enhancing physical activity: 1) in persons or groups who can benefit from such activity; and 2) that can be made scalable and sustainable for broad use across the nation.  This FOA provides support for up to two years (R21 phase) for research planning activities and feasibility studies, followed by a possible transition to expanded research support (R33 phase). Transition to the R33 depends on the completion of applicant-defined milestones, as well as program priorities and the availability of funds.

HRSA-15-035 - Strengthen Evidence Base for Maternal and Child Health Programs, Application Due Date is Nov. 10, 2014.

This announcement solicits applications for the Strengthen Evidence Base for Maternal and Child Health Programs10. cooperative agreement.  The purpose of this program is to provide support and resources to assist State Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs in developing evidence-based or evidence-informed State Action Plans as well as in responding to the National Outcome Measures, National Performance Measures, State Performance Measures, and state-initiated Structural/Process Measures.  This will facilitate the transformation of the MCH Title V Block Grant program.  The activities funded under the cooperative agreement will aim to accomplish the following six goals: (1) Convene a Team of Experts who have specialty background and experience related to the topical areas addressed in the National Performance Measures such as medical home or children with special health care needs; (2) Provide a critical review of the evidence of effectiveness of possible strategies to address National Outcome Measures, National Performance Measures, State Performance Measures, and state-initiated Structural/Process Measures via the Team of Experts; (3) Provide ongoing consultation to state Title V MCH programs via the Team of Experts, to support the State’s development of evidence-based or evidence-informed State Action Plans; (4) Develop web-based supports and resources for State Title V (MCH) programs; (5) Establish an online platform for sharing best practices called a Community of Practice, which will facilitate communication and information-sharing on topics regarding the emerging needs of Title V state and discretionary grantees for implementing the Title V MCH Block Grant Transformation process; and (6) Maintain and enhance a MCH digital library to facilitate access to historical and current MCH documents from the establishment of the Children’s Bureau in 1912 to the enactment of Title V of the Social Security Act in 1935 and other significant documents published thereafter

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Health Policy Fellows, Application Due Date is Nov. 13, 2014. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Health Policy Fellows, Application Due Date is Nov. 13, 2014. 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to build and maintain a strong and diverse leadership and workforce in health and health care to help develop specific fields, such as health policy. Fellows actively participate in the formulation of national health policies in congressional offices and accelerate their careers as leaders in health policy. The fellowship requires, at a minimum, a 12-month residential experience in Washington, D.C., with additional support for health policy leadership development activities. The program will select up to six fellows.

HRSA-15-039 - Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program, Application due date is Nov. 14, 2014.

This announcement solicits applications for the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program (Outreach Program).    ORHP’s Outreach Program is a community-based program targeted to improve outreach and service delivery in local and regional rural communities.  The goals for the Outreach Program are the following: 1. Expand the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services exclusively in rural communities 2. Deliver health care services through a strong consortium, in which every consortium member organization is actively involved and engaged in the planning and delivery of services 3. Utilize and/or adapt an evidence-based or promising practice model(s) in the delivery of health care services 4. Improve population health, demonstrate health outcomes and sustainability Proposed projects will have an outcomes-oriented approach that will enhance and sustain the delivery of effective health care in rural communities.  Proposed projects will be grounded in an evidence-based or promising practice model(s) in order to avoid reinventing the wheel.  Projects based on an evidence-based or promising practice model have shown to be effective in addressing the community’s need, improving the health status of its residents and sustaining the project beyond Federal funding.  Outreach projects can take the framework or methodology of an evidence-based or promising practice model and tailor it to their community’s need and organization.

Barbara F. Prowant Nursing Research Grant - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Due Date is Nov. 15, 2014

The purpose of this grant is to fund qualified nephrology nursing research for ANNA full members, who are certified by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC), and who are in graduate school completing theses or dissertations. The project type eligible for funding is research for pilot studies and partial funding for research projects, thesis, or dissertations.

PA-14-336 - Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Epidemiology Data (R21)/R01/R03, Application Due Date is Nov. 25, 2014.  

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages the submission of investigator-initiated research grant applications to support the secondary analysis of existing data sets with the goal of enhancing our understanding of patterns of alcohol consumption and the epidemiology of alcohol-related problems. Research grants for the Secondary Analysis of Existing Alcohol Epidemiology Data Sets are intended to provide support for studies that utilize currently available data sets to increase our understanding of the incidence, prevalence and etiology of alcohol related problems and disorders in the population, as well as the risk and protective factors associated with them. Research that employs analytic techniques which demonstrate or promote methodological advances in alcohol-related epidemiologic research is also of interest.


December Due Dates

PAR-14-331 - Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R21)/R01, Letter of Intent Due Dec. 5, 2014.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages exploratory/developmental research grant applications, proposing the development of innovative, collaborative research projects on brain and other nervous system function and disorders throughout life, relevant to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Scientists in the United States (U.S.) or upper middle income countries (UMICs) are eligible to partner with scientists in LMIC institutions. Income categories used are as defined by the World Bank at http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups. These grants are expected to inform the development of more comprehensive research programs that contribute to the long-term goals of building sustainable research capacity in LMICs to address nervous system development, function and impairment throughout life and to lead to diagnostics, prevention, treatment and implementation strategies. The proposed work may also contribute to developing a base for research networking and evidence-based policy beyond the specific research project.

HRSA-15-077 - R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program (SDAS)¸ Application Due Date is Dec. 5, 2014.

The R40 MCH SDAS program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services that utilizes exclusively the secondary analysis of existing national databases and/or administrative records.  These projects should have the potential to improve health services and delivery of care for maternal and child health populations. Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to strengthen and expand Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation.  This includes research that drives policy and service delivery of preventive and early intervention services for application in health care delivery programs or develops new knowledge on the impact of insurance coverage on health promotion.

RFA-OD-15-001 - Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (K12), Letter of Intent Due Dec. 5, 2014.

The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and its cosponsors invite institutional career development award applications for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Programs, hereafter termed "Programs." Programs will support mentored research career development of junior faculty members, known as BIRCWH Scholars, who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships, and who will be engaged in interdisciplinary basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to women's health, and where appropriate the use of both sexes to better understand the influence of sex as a variable on health and disease.

HRSA-15-062 - R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program (MCHR), Application Due Date is Dec. 5, 2014

The R40 MCH Research Program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services, including services for children with special health care needs.  Research should demonstrate a substantial contribution to advancement of the current knowledge pool, and when used in States and communities should result in health and health services improvements.  Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to strengthen and expand Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation.  This includes research that drives policy and service delivery of preventive and early intervention services for application in health care delivery programs or develops new knowledge on the impact of insurance coverage on health promotion.  Research proposals should address critical MCH questions such as public health systems and infrastructure, health disparities, quality of care, and promoting the health of MCH populations, which also support the goals of the Health Resources and Services Administration.  The “life course perspective” is currently being integrated into MCHB’s strategic directions, and can serve as a helpful frame of reference for study proposals designed to address the critical MCH questions defined by the Bureau. Applicants are encouraged to propose translational research studies that specifically address issues related to MCHB investments and programs.  Addressing one of the four MCHB Strategic Research Issues (see Appendix A) is part of Review Criterion 1, Need, worth up to 10 points.

NINR - Graduate Partnerships Program, Application Due Date is Dec. 8, 2014

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is a doctoral fellowship training program that coordinates training and funding for PhD students attending a school of nursing. The program combines the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The goal of the program is to encourage and support the training of nursing doctoral students who are motivated to undertake careers in basic or clinical research. NINR GPP fellows focus their dissertation research primarily in areas of pathophysiological mechanisms related to symptoms and symptom management, health promotion, disease prevention, tissue injury, and genetics.  As part of a coordinated plan of graduate education, students complete all required coursework at the academic institution in which they are enrolled. Dissertation research is then conducted within the Intramural Research Programs of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. The student's academic advisor and an NIH scientist serve as co-mentors for the dissertation process, which is completed at the NIH in coordination with the dissertation committee at the fellow's academic institution. All of the academic institution requirements for the doctoral degree must be fulfilled. Students receive their doctoral degree from the academic institution in which they are enrolled.

RFA-MD-15-001 - System-Level Health Services and Policy Research on Health Disparities (R01), Letter of Intent Due December 20, 2014.  

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit innovative system-level health services and policy research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities. Projects may include observational/descriptive, simulation, or interventional studies and may involve primary data collection and/or secondary analysis of existing datasets. Projects must include a focus on one or more health disparities populations, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and rural populations.   Research topics of specific interest include but are not limited to:  Health information technologies to improve access to or utilization of health care services and/or improve quality of care;  The use of paraprofessionals or peer-led health services to supplement existing health care services; Interventions to improve cultural competence of providers that demonstrate a clear link to improvement in patient outcomes;Strategies to organize, manage, finance, and deliver quality health care in traditional health care settings or non-traditional settings (such as schools, housing facilities, the workplace, etc.); and The incorporation of specific research tools or methodologies into system-level service delivery practices that identify or measure patient reported outcomes such as health-related quality of life, preference-based decision making, functional status, symptoms and adherence in health disparity populations. 

RFA-MD-15-004 - Innovations for Healthy Living - Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43), Letter of Intent Due December 27, 2014.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to develop    a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes.  Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations. 

RFA-EB-15-001 - Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities (SBIR) (R43/R44) Letter of Intent Due Dec. 28, 2014. Application Due Date is Jan. 28, 2015.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to develop and translate medical technologies aimed at reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. Appropriate medical technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to those who need them. Responsive grant applications must involve a formal collaboration with a healthcare provider or other healthcare organization serving one or more health disparity populations during Phase I and Phase II 

RFA-RM-14-004 - NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) Letter of Intent is Due Dec. 30, 2014.

The NIH Directors Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.


January Due Dates

PAR-14-323 - Understanding Factors in Infancy and Early Childhood (Birth to 24 months) That Influence Obesity Development (R01), Letter of Intent Due January 5, 2015.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations which propose to characterize or identify factors in early childhood (birth-24 months) that may increase or mitigate risk for obesity and/or excessive weight gain and/or to fill methodological research gaps relevant to the understanding of risk for development of obesity in children. Studies must propose research in children from birth to 24 months, although any proposed follow-up assessments, if applicable, may continue past this period. Studies may also assess factors relevant to families and/or caregivers of children from birth to 24 months. Applications should seek to fill unique research needs and involve expertise across disciplines as appropriate for the proposed research question.

PAR-14-354 - Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities (R01/R21)/Child Health and Human Development, Letter of Intent is due Jan. 5, 2015

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages research project grants investigating the incidence, course, and outcomes of pregnancy among women with disabilities. Areas of interest also include studies to inform preconceptional and antenatal counseling and strategies for addressing barriers to prenatal care, and management of pregnancy, the puerperium, and the transition to parenthood in order to optimize outcomes for women with physical, intellectual and developmental, and/or sensory disabilities and their families. Applicants are encouraged to include women with disabilities and members of the community in the design and conduct of their research

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Virus Syndrome (AIDS) Surveillance, Application Due Date is January 8, 2015.

MMP is an ongoing, locally and nationally representative surveillance system that collects data on a probability sample of HIV-diagnosed adults in the United States. MMP monitors sociodemographic variables, behavioral and clinical characteristics, supportive service needs, use of healthcare and prevention services, and adherence to clinical care guidelines among HIV-diagnosed adults. The data from MMP and associated projects are used to help inform and guide local and national HIV prevention, care, and treatment efforts.   

PAR-10-217 - Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (T42), Next Deadline is Jan. 15, 2015

The sponsor offers support for the establishment of Education and Research Centers (ERCs) that are focused on occupational safety and health training and research training.  ERCs are academic institutions that provide interdisciplinary graduate training and continuing education in the core occupational safety and health areas of industrial hygiene (IH), occupational health nursing (OHN), occupational medicine residency (OMR), occupational safety (OS), as well as other closely related occupational safety and health (OSH) fields. Research and research training are integral components of ERCs, thus ERC scientists conduct peer reviewed, investigator initiated research on issues related to the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).  This PAR will use the NIOSH T42 award mechanism.

PA-14-349 - Studies in Neonatal and Pediatric Resuscitation (R21)/R03, Letter of Intent is Due Jan. 15, 2015. 

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages a wide range of collaborative research projects related to patient safety in the context of perinatal, neonatal and pediatric care both in routine hospital settings and in the intensive care units. The FOA welcomes applications related to (but not limited to): the epidemiology of various domains of medical errors and consequent patient harm; assessing the factors at various levels that contribute to such errors; and intervention strategies at individual, systems, and institutional-levels to help reduce and eliminate medical errors. It is anticipated that knowledge gained from these projects will help develop strategies to deliver highest quality of healthcare to all newborn infants and children with utmost safety and effectiveness. 

PAR-14-339 – National Library of Medicine Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health (G13), Letter of Intent Due January 20, 2015.

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health are awarded for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers and historians of the health sciences.


February Due Dates

PA-14-344 - Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01)/R21 Due Date is Feb. 5, 2014.  

The purpose of this initiative is to support research in self-management focused across conditions. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identifies the epidemic of chronic condition as the nation’s leading health challenge and calls for cross-cutting, coordinated public health actions for “living well with chronic illness”.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) addresses that recommendation by describing an initiative that focuses on self-management as a mainstream science in order to reduce the burden of chronic illnesses/conditions. Self-management is the ability of the individual, in conjunction with family, community, and healthcare professionals, to manage symptoms, treatments, lifestyle changes, and psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual consequences associated with a chronic illness or condition.

PA-14-335 - Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence (R21)/R0, Next Application Due Date is Feb. 16, 2014.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the NIH Adherence Network through the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), with participation from multiple NIH Institutes.  This FOA encourages Exploratory/Developmental Research Project Grant (R21) applications for research and development of interventions to significantly improve medication adherence in individuals. Applications may target medication adherence in the context of treatment for a single illness or chronic condition (e.g., hypertension), to stave off a disease recurrence (e.g., cancer) or for multiple comorbid conditions (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, alcohol use disorders and HIV/AIDS). A well-articulated theoretical or conceptual framework is key for applications encouraged under this announcement. Applicants should demonstrate the feasibility of collecting multi-modal data on the  targets of the intervention including: a patient self-report of medication adherence, at least one non-self-report measure of medication adherence (e.g., pharmacy refill records, electronic monitoring, etc.), and a relevant health outcome or biomarker (e.g., blood pressure, viral load in HIV-infected individuals, cholesterol levels, HbA1c) that is expected to be affected by changes in the targeted adherence behavior. For diseases without identified biomarkers, inclusion of a clinical assessment (e.g., a medicine blood level, diagnostic interview or an independent clinician rating of the symptoms and behaviors) may be considered. Applications for R21 awards should describe projects distinct from those supported through the traditional R01 mechanism. For example, long-term projects, or projects designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area, will not be considered for R21 awards. Applications submitted under this mechanism should be exploratory and novel. These studies should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.

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.

RFA-DK-14-017 - Type 1 Diabetes Complications IMPACT Award (DP3), Letter of Intent is Due Feb. 19, 2015

The goal of this initiative is to support creative research projects that address major obstacles to development and testing of new therapeutic approaches for T1D complications.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits research focused on defining biomarkers that can be used to track the onset, progression, and extent of tissue damage that develops over time in people with T1D.  It also solicits research to develop approaches to regenerate damaged tissue. Proposed studies should be designed to address major unmet needs and/or compelling opportunities that have the potential to dramatically advance the field. 

March Due Dates

RFA-DK-14-025 - Identification of Novel Targets and Pathways Mediating Weight Loss, Diabetes Resolution and Related Metabolic Disease after Bariatric Surgery in Humans (R01), Letter of Intent Due March 16, 2015

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support applications that address the mechanisms by which novel, unexplored targets and pathways, or known targets, mediate the sustained weight loss, diabetes resolution and improvements in other obesity-related metabolic diseases reported following bariatric surgery in humans. Studies directly addressing novel mechanisms using targeted approaches are of interest and responsive to this FOA particularly those which utilize up-to-date sophisticated methodologies. Studies simply identifying differences in responses before and after surgery that do not address mechanism will not be considered responsive. Only studies involving human subjects will be considered.

RFA-DK-14-026 - Psychosocial and Behavioral Aspects of Bariatric Surgery (R01), Letter of Intent is Due March 16, 2015.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support research to measure psychosocial and behavioral variables in individuals undergoing bariatric surgery to understand how they predict success and risk and examine mechanisms of behavior change. The goals of this funding opportunity announcement are to: 1) improve the ability to identify who is at risk for sub-optimal weight loss, weight regain, and short- or long-term adverse metabolic/physiologic or behavioral outcomes based on pre-and/or post-operative behavioral characteristics and 2) inform the development of new treatment approaches to be used pre and/or post-surgery to minimize risks and improve outcomes or allow for more tailored patient and procedure selection.

NINR - Graduate Partnerships Program, Application Due Date is Dec. 8, 2014. 

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is a doctoral fellowship training program that coordinates training and funding for PhD students attending a school of nursing. The program combines the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The goal of the program is to encourage and support the training of nursing doctoral students who are motivated to undertake careers in basic or clinical research. NINR GPP fellows focus their dissertation research primarily in areas of pathophysiological mechanisms related to symptoms and symptom management, health promotion, disease prevention, tissue injury, and genetics.  As part of a coordinated plan of graduate education, students complete all required coursework at the academic institution in which they are enrolled. Dissertation research is then conducted within the Intramural Research Programs of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. The student's academic advisor and an NIH scientist serve as co-mentors for the dissertation process, which is completed at the NIH in coordination with the dissertation committee at the fellow's academic institution. All of the academic institution requirements for the doctoral degree must be fulfilled. Students receive their doctoral degree from the academic institution in which they are enrolled.

Funding Announcements, October 29, 2014


November Deadlines

2015 Community Health Scholars Pilot Grant Program, Due November 3

The UAB Center for the Study of Community Health (CSCH), a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, announces the 2015 Community Health Scholars pilot grant program, an initiative to encourage and facilitate community-based participatory research by UAB faculty.  Three Community Health Scholars will receive one-year pilot funding of $30,000 for projects that address important health and public health issues directly relevant to local Birmingham communities.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses - Professional Development Scholarships, Due Date is Nov. 15, 2014

AAOHN Foundation offers scholarships to provide opportunities to further professional education for occupational and environmental health professionals. Two awards of $2,500 each will be awarded.


December 2014 Deadlines

The Society of Pediatric Nurses Research and EBP Grants Call for Proposals, Due December 1

Two grants may be presented yearly to SPN members for the purpose of conducting research and evidence-based practice projects or research related to children and their families. All studies ranging from pilot studies to large, multisite studies will be considered.

The Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research Pilot Grant, Letter of Intent is Due Decemeber 10

One-year pilot grants are available for research focusing on minority aging and health disparities. The Deep South RCMAR may fund as many as five projects for as much as $50,000 each. Faculty at UAB, UA, Morehouse School of Medicine and Tuskegee University are eligible for funding. Proposals should focus on specific social, cultural and behavioral mechanisms to improve physical and mental health or cognitive function. A letter of intent is due Dec. 10. Investigators whose proposals are considered competitive will be invited to submit full proposals. Details are online.


February 2015 Deadlines

NIH Adherence Network through the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), Due February 5, 2015

Research Project Grant (R01)

Seeking applications that propose interventions to significantly improve medication adherence in individuals. Applications may target medication adherence in the context of treatment for a single illness or chronic condition (e.g., hypertension), to stave off a disease recurrence (e.g., cancer) or for multiple comorbid conditions (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, alcohol use disorders and HIV/AIDS).

Exploratory/Developmental Research Project Grant (R21)

EMF/ENA Foundation Team Grant Research Award, Due February 6, 2015

The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) and the Emergency Nurses Association Foundation (ENAF) jointly award this grant to facilitate collaboration between the disciplines and to improve clinical research in emergency care. This grant is intended for physician and nurse researchers to combine their expertise to develop, plan, and implement clinical research in emergency care. The EMF/ENA Foundation Team Grant Research Award program awards one $50,000 grant for research over a one year period.

Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia (R15), Due February 25
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications for clinical research focused on biobehavioral or technological interventions to attenuate cognitive decline in individuals with dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or disease- or age-related cognitive decline. There is particular interest in interventions that can be implemented in community settings by the affected individual, informal caregivers, or others in the community. Research to inform the development of such interventions is also of interest, as well as research examining underlying mechanisms and biomarkers associated with response to interventions. It is anticipated that the results of this research will help affected individuals maintain independence and quality of life, improve their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), and additionally help to reduce stress, burden, and other poor outcomes in their caregivers. This FOA will use the NIH R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award mechanism.


Rolling Deadlines

PCORI logo PCORI

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. PCORI is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 Funding Cycle They have made several improvements to their latest PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) based on helpful applicant feedback. Find out more about these changes in a new blog post. And visit the Funding Center to read the new PFAs and get details on how to apply.

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.


Have a Funding announcement you would like to have added to the next update?
email Lauren Antia at lar@uab.edu
http://www.pfizer.com/responsibility/grants_contributions/independent_grants

SON Talks & Conferences, October 22, 2014


November

“Faculty Quick Guide to IDEA Course Evaluations”, November 3

Jonathan B. Waugh, PhD, RRT, RPFT, CTTS, FAARC Professor, Faculty Director - Center for Teaching & Learning will be presenting here in the SON, “Faculty Quick Guide to IDEA Course Evaluations”. Monday, November 3, 2014, Room 1020, 12:00 – 1:00pm. Bring your own lunch. Beverages and cookies will be provided! Questions?  Contact Audrey Wrenn at  awrenn@uab.edu

CNR Data Daze 2014 - RSVP ASAP, Next Session is November 12!

Looking to hone your stats and SPSS skills? Then the CNR Data Daze Stats series may be for you!  Join us for all or some of the sessions in this year's series!  Drs. Andres Azuero & Dheeraj Raju will lead the sessions, once a month from 9:30-12:00.  This will be a hands-on experience using SPSS in the Lister Hill Library Testing Lab G017. Click here to learn more!


Developing a research program for aging and palliative care in Turkey, November 11

Visiting Professor Dr. Imatullah Akyar, Hacettepe University, Ankara Turkey will present "Developing a research program for aging and palliative care in Turkey" on November 11 at Noon, Office of Research & Scholarship room 1020.  1.1 ABN and .91 ANCC contact hours are available and lunch will be served, RSVP required to lar@uab.edu


December

NE/NEA Certification Exam Review Course, December 4-5

A two-day NE/NEA certification exam review course taught by expert nurse leader, Dr. Al Rundio, author of the ANCC Nurse Executive Review and Resource Manual. For more information, please contact Becky Wakefield at 205-975-2481 or beckyw@uab.edu

Have a UAB SON talk you would like to have added to the Weekly Update? 
email Lauren Antia at lar@uab.edu

A two-day NE/NEA certification exam review course taught by expert nurse leader, Dr. Al Rundio, author of the ANCC Nurse Executive Review and Resource Manual.