Faculty Scholarships, Pre, & Post Doc Opportunities, Week of April 15,  2015

33rd Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health June 15- July 3, 2015 

The Institute offers intensive basic and advanced level courses in epidemiology and biostatistics intended to develop an understanding of the principles, methodologic strategies and practical aspects of epidemiological research.  Institute courses include Principles of Epidemiology, Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis, Health Situation Analysis, Bayesian Adaptive Trials, Epidemiology in Evidence-Based Policy and Comparative Effectiveness Research: Outcome Measurement. Three new onsite courses this summer are Global Cancer Epidemiology, Epidemiology and Prevention of Obesity and a one day workshop on Design and Analysis for Human Genomic Sequencing Data. Our online course options include Principles of Genetic Epidemiology I and II and Power and Sample Size for the Design of Epidemiological Studies.

  • Courses are offered in one, two or three-week formats, as one-day workshops and online.
  • Participants can register for professional development, to enhance current skills, or for academic credit for those interested in applying the course work towards a degree program. 
  • The tuition rate for professional development is $510 /course unit; $1020/course credit for academic credit

Giva Semi-Annual Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award - Deadlines June 1 and December 1

Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students further their education as well as expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. There is no specific course of study or major required.

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

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces openings for the 2015 – 2016 academic year of its Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services for Veterans with serious mental illness. The Fellowship Program is a state-of-the-art clinical training program that focuses on the theory and practice of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. Individualized, mentored clinical education is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes a comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation approach to service delivery, education, and implementing change in a mental health care setting. Fellows will work with Veterans with serious mental illnesses and receive training in delivering a range of evidence-based services. The purpose of the Interprofessional Fellowship Program is to develop future mental health leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to transform mental health care systems in the 21st century by emphasizing functional capability, rehabilitation, and recovery. Applications will be accepted and reviewed at each site until all positions are filled.

September Due Dates

Birmingham Black Nurses Association Scholarship

BBNA is committed to fostering the professional and personal growth of future nurses through its scholarship and mentoring program. The BBNA mentoring program provides activities that enable growth and empowerment of nursing students for future service in nursing. BBNA awards an annual scholarship to a nursing student enrolled in a pre-licensure nursing program in the state of Alabama. The BBNA scholarship is awarded in November of each year at our Annual Scholarship Reception.

Have a Scholarship Opportunity you would like to share? 
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Jen's Funding Picks - Week of April 15, 2015

New Postings!

The UAB CCTS has posted a call for the annual multidisciplinary pilot program, more information is available on the attachment and on the CCTS website.  NIH has posted three grants related to diet and obesity. 
  • PAR-15-171 - Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology (R21)/R01 - NINR
  • PA-15-169 - Secondary Analyses in Obesity, Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R21)
  • PAR-12-229 - Physical activity and weight control interventions among cancer survivors: Effects on biomarkers of prognosis and survival (R21)
In addition, HHS is offering funding for “Empowering Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities through Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs”.  Lastly, the Department of Education will be funding grants to support graduate fellowships for students in areas of national need (GAANN). 

May Due Dates

NEW NINR PA-15-133 - Functional Wellness in HIV: Maximizing the Treatment Cascade (R01)/R21, Application Due Date is May 7, 2015.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to promote the development of HIV interventions which target opportunities to improve the delivery of healthcare across the continuum of care for persons infected with HIV.

PAR-15-054 - Alcohol Education Project Grants (R25) Application Due Date May 25

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) R25 program is to foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development and Outreach activities for Health Professionals.

June Due Dates

PA-15-126 - Early-life Factors and Cancer Development Later in Life (R01)/R21/R03, Next Application Due Date is June 5, 2015

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate research focused on the role of early-life factors in cancer development later in life.Given that current emerging evidence from limited research indicates a potentially important role for early-life events and exposures in cancer development, it is necessary to better understand 1) the early-life (maternal-paternal, in utero, birth and infancy, puberty and adolescence, and teenage and young adult years) factors that are associated with later cancer development; 2) how early-life factors mediate biological processes relevant to carcinogenesis; and 3) whether predictive markers for cancer risk based on what happens biologically at early-life can be measured and developed for use in cancer prevention strategies. Markers that predict malignancy or pre-malignant conditions would allow assessment of early-life exposures with relevant outcomes without having to wait 50 years for cancer development. Ultimately, a better mechanistic understanding of how early-life events and exposures contribute to the etiology of cancer later in life will allow for the development of effective interventions during pregnancy or early life that may have a profound impact on cancer prevention.

NINR PA-14-334 - Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence (R01)/R21, Next Due Date is June 5, 2015

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 and Centers. This FOA seeks Research Project Grant (R01) 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). A well-articulated theoretical or conceptual framework is key for applications encouraged under this announcement. Primary outcomes of the research can include a patient self-report of medication adherence, but must also at least one non-self-report measure of medication adherence (e.g., pharmacy refill records, electronic monitoring, etc.). In addition, applications are encouraged to include 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.

PA-15-083 - NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00), Next Application Due Date, June 12, 2015

The purpose of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant NIH staff for IC-specific programmatic and budgetary information

PAR-15-078 - NIA Academic Leadership Career Award (K07), Application Due Date is June 12, 2015

The objective of the NIA Research Leadership Career Award (K07) is to provide support for more senior investigators who have the expertise and leadership skills to enhance the aging and geriatric research capacity within their academic institution.  

PA-15-147 - AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03), Due June 16

This FOA encourages Small Research Grant (R03) applications, and expresses AHRQ priority areas of interest for ongoing small research projects. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of health services research projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.

PAR-15-093 - Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R01) Application Due Date is June 17, 2015.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications from investigators interested in conducting basic, mechanistic research into the biological/genetic causes of cancer health disparities. These research project grants (R01) will support innovative studies designed to investigate biological/genetic bases of cancer disparities, such as (1) mechanistic studies of biological factors associated with cancer disparities, including those related to basic research in cancer biology or cancer prevention intervention strategies, (2) the development and testing of new methodologies and models, and (3) secondary data analyses. This FOA is also designed to aid and facilitate the growth of a nationwide cohort of scientists with a high level of basic research expertise in cancer health disparities research who can expand available resources and tools, such as biospecimens, cell lines and methods that are necessary to conduct basic research in cancer health disparities.

PAR-15-092 - Exploratory/Developmental Grants Program for Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21) Application Due Date is June 17, 2015

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications from investigators interested in conducting basic research studies into the biological/genetic causes and mechanisms of cancer health disparities. These awards will support pilot and feasibility studies designed to investigate biological/genetic bases of cancer disparities, such as (1) mechanistic studies of biological factors associated with cancer disparities, (2) the development and testing of new methodologies and models, and (3) secondary data analyses. This FOA is also designed to aid and facilitate the growth of a nationwide cohort of scientists with a high level of basic research expertise in cancer health disparities research who can expand available resources and tools, such as biospecimens, cell lines and methods that are necessary to conduct basic research in cancer health disparities. In addition, the FOA will further the development of scientific areas, providing support for early-stage exploratory projects that lead to future in-depth mechanistic studies (such as R01 projects) of the biology of cancer health disparities. 

PA-15-080 - Drug Abuse Prevention Intervention Research (R21)/R01/R03, Application Due Date is June 16, 2015

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages R21 grant applications for research that will employ rigorous scientific methods to test theoretically derived hypotheses to increase understanding of the science of drug use prevention within diverse populations and settings and across the lifespan.  The FOA seeks applications that encompass investigations of cognitive, behavioral, and social processes as they relate to: 1) development of novel prevention approaches; 2) efficacy and effectiveness of prevention interventions or programs; 3) processes that optimize the selection, integration, implementation and sustainability of science-based prevention, including systems-level and health economic factors; and 4) methodologies appropriate for studying complex aspects of prevention science.   

PAR-15-053 - Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21), Application Due Date is June 22, 2015

The purpose of this FOA is to enhance the diversity of the NCI-funded research workforce by supporting and recruiting eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences workforce. This funding opportunity will also provide a bridge to investigators that have completed their research training and may need extra time to develop a larger research project grant application.  This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism. The R21 exploratory/developmental grant supports investigation of novel scientific ideas or new model systems, tools, or technologies that have the potential for significant impact on biomedical or biobehavioral research. An R21 grant application need not have extensive background material or preliminary information. Accordingly, reviewers will focus their evaluation on the conceptual framework, the level of innovation, and the potential to significantly advance our knowledge or understanding. Appropriate justification for the proposed work can be provided through literature citations, data from other sources, or, when available, from investigator-generated data. Preliminary data are not required for R21 applications; however, they may be included if available.

NINR PA-14-345 - Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R15)/R21/R01, Next Due Date is June 25, 2015.  

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.  

July Due Dates

PAR-13-367 - Planning Grants for Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes Prevention and Care (R34), Application Due Date is July 1, 2015.

The purpose of this Planning Grant (R34) is to support research to develop and pilot test approaches to improve diabetes treatment and prevention in existing healthcare settings. Applications should pilot test practical and potentially sustainable strategies, delivered in routine clinical care settings, to improve processes of care and health outcomes of individuals who are at risk for or have diabetes. The goal is that, if the pilot study shows promise, the data from the R34 will be used to support a full scale trial that could improve routine clinical practice and inform policy in representative healthcare settings.

PAR-13-366 - Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes Prevention and Care (R18), Application Due Date is July 1, 2015.

The purpose of this Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects (R18) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to test approaches to improve diabetes treatment and prevention in existing healthcare settings. Applications are sought that test practical and potentially sustainable strategies, delivered in routine clinical care settings, to improve processes of care and health outcomes of individuals who are at risk for or have diabetes. The goal is that the research results will improve routine clinical practice and inform policy in representative healthcare settings.

Funding Announcements, Week of April 15, 2015

Department of Defense Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research Program, Upcoming Funding Opportunities

The FY14 Defense Appropriations Act provides $3.6 million (M) to the Department of Defense Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research Program (ASARP) to support innovative research committed to identifying and developing new medications to improve treatment outcomes for alcohol and substance use disorders (ASUD), especially related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This program is administered by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) through the Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). The ASARP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY14 ASARP Program Announcement and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanism are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website in January 2015. Application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government. Funding is contingent on receipt of appropriations.

Pending Research Opportunities in 2015 from the Department of Defense

The Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).  Comprehensive Program Announcements will be released during 2015. The Program Announcements will include detailed descriptions of funding mechanisms, evaluation criteria, submission requirements, and deadlines. Each Program Announcement may be downloaded from the Grants.gov website http://www.grants.gov, or the CDMRP website http://cdmrp.army.mil upon its release.

May Deadlines

Sigma Theta Tau International,Grant Application Deadline, May 1

STTI and collaborating nursing organizations present the following research grant opportunities to nurses around the globe.

CGEAN Advancing Leadership Education and Research for Nurses Grant, Due May 4

As one of its major activities, the CGEAN Research Committee is pleased to announce a request for proposals (RFP) to fund research studies within nursing administration or nursing systems. Of particular interest are research projects with the potential to have a direct impact on promoting improved patient or organizational outcomes, reducing costs or improving quality in practice settings. Examples of research categories include workforce challenges, patient safety, healthy work environments, leadership development, evidence-based management practices, quality outcomes, and strategies to reduce healthcare costs.

COERE & MHRC K-Scholar Funding, LOI due March 2, Application due May 4

The Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), and the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) invite letters of intent for K-Scholar career development awards in Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR).  These awards are supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institutional Award (K12). This opportunity will support 3 PCOR K-Scholars for a period of two years to build capacity for the conduct of PCOR to enhance patient-centered care.  The mission of the K-Scholars program is to prepare independent investigators to pursue careers focused on translating research evidence into practice and to evaluate the benefits and harms of different strategies and interventions on patient outcomes.  For the two years of support, the K12 will provide up to $90,000 towards salary annually. Selected candidates must commit a minimum of 75% of time to research and career development.  For more information contact Ryan Outman at routman@uab.edu

PA-15-099 - Reductions in Illicit Drug Use and Functional Outcomes (R21/R33), Letter of Intent is Due May 16, 2015

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications for Phased Innovation (R21/R33) projects to determine whether reductions in illicit drug use are associated with positive changes in health-related and other functional outcomes in individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs). Functional outcomes include, for example, reductions in morbidity, mortality, criminal justice involvement, overall healthcare expenditures. This FOA provides support for up to two years (R21 phase) for research planning activities and feasibility studies, followed by possible transition to expanded research support (R33 phase). The transition to the R33 phase will be determined by NIH program evaluation of successful achievement of the milestones set for the R21 phase. The ultimate goal of this FOA is to provide evidence that will enable regulatory authorities to accept reductions in illicit drug use as a valid outcome measure in clinical trials of pharmacotherapies for the treatment of SUDs.

Research Grant Funding- from AMSN, Due May 31

 The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing (AMSN) provides four types of grants available for nursing research. Please review the eligibility criteria and other information below to see which grant is appropriate for you.

June Deadlines

NINR PA-15-097 - Prevention Research in Mid-Life Adults (R21)/R01, Application Due Date is June 16, 2015. 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate research on mid-life adults (those 50 to 64 years of age) that can inform efforts to optimize health and wellness as individuals age, and prevent illness and disability in later years. Interdisciplinary collaborations that include nurse scientists in the project team are strongly encouraged. Additionally, applicants should consider engaging the resources and expertise of nearby or otherwise available Clinical and Translational Science Award grant sites (CTSAs) and/or other research networks where possible.

Rolling Deadlines


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.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) is a multifaceted program that includes grantmaking, convening, technical assistance, research translation and communications activities. HCFO supports investigator-initiated research, policy analysis, and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders with timely information on health care policy and market developments. Recently funded projects are health care pricing, payment reform, organization and ownership in the delivery system, and the changing insurance market. Recently funded projects are exploring issues related to health care pricing, payment and delivery system reforms and the insurance market. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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.

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?
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SON Talks & Conferences, Week of April 15, 2015

UAB SON Canvas Training

Matthew Jennings has set-up setup additional training opportunities for Canvas and Respondus to help kick start the summer term. Here are the links to the registration pages with additional details:

  • Canvas Sessions (conducted via GoToTraining) – Learn More
  • Respondus Sessions (conducted live) –Learn More


The 3rd Annual Young Breast Cancer Survivors Workshop, April 18

Join the YBCSN Team for a day of support, education and networking for young breast cancer survivors and their loved ones in the greater Birmingham area. At the workshop, you will find a safe place where young women facing cancer share their experiences, learn new survivorship tips, and find a network for support and men openly discuss their concerns guided by a professional counselor. Save The Date – April 18, 2015. Questions? Visit the YBCSN website, or call Silvia Camata, R.N., M.P.H. at 205-975-8656 or sgcamata@uab.edu

Certified Nurse Educator Review Course, April 23-24

SON Instrutor Elizabeth Crooks, DNP, RN, CNE will present a two-day onsite "Certified Nurse Educator Review Course" on April 23-24. The course is offered without charge to current SON faculty members and current master’s and doctoral students enrolled in the Nurse Educator courses who are interested in sitting for the Nurse Educator certification exam. CEUs will be provided. Follow-up will be conducted regarding successful completion of the CNE certification examination. Registriation is required by April 17. Click here to register.

UAB SON Office of Professional Development - Leadership Practices for Quality and Safety Conference, April 30-May 1

This interactive workshop is designed to enhance leadership practices for quality and safety. The workshop focuses on developing authentic leaders, practice environments, teamwork, and interprofessional collaborative relationships conducive to quality and safety. For more information contact Becky Wakefield askSONCE@uab.edu or call 205-975-2481 or RSVP here.

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