All National Science Foundation (NSF) systems, including the NSF website, Research.gov and FastLane, will be unavailable from 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 17, until 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 18. This downtime is scheduled to coincide with repairs to the Foundation's electrical systems. Affected deadlines that fall on Monday, September 19, are extended to Tuesday, September 20, submitter's local time. See the attached NSF downtime notice for more information on affected solicitations.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) have announced an important clarification impacting years of support for both new and renewal K24 funding. The maximum years of support is capped at 10 years. Review the full notice for more details.
The NIH Extramural Nexus Updates for August 2016 are now available. Some highlighted stories include:
The Deep South RCMAR focuses on health issues for which disparities between older African Americans and whites have been established, giving special emphasis to issues related to rural elders; intervention research addressing exercise, diet, or preventive health strategies; and studies addressing socio-economic, discrimination, trust or bioethical issues impacting physical or mental health. Proposals must demonstrate relevance to minority aging and health disparities in the African American population, and should focus on specific social, cultural, or behavioral mechanisms to improve physical and mental health or cognitive function.
The Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center is soliciting application for pilot and feasibility projects to support new research initiatives in cystic fibrosis pathophysiology and intervention. The pilot and feasibility mechanism is designed to provide support for a limited time (two years, up to $75,000/year direct costs for translational research). Projects should test innovative hypotheses that may have significant impact on basic or clinical aspects of the disease and lead to preliminary data for independent grants in the area of cystic fibrosis science.
The mission of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is to reduce disparities in diseases disproportionately represented within the Deep South as we accelerate discovery to improve human health. Through the CCTS Partner Network Multidisciplinary Pilot Program, we seek to develop the future research workforce in a spirit that fosters collaboration, team science, and innovative discovery. The CCTS invites letters of intent that address scientific questions consistent with the Center’s mission at any stage of research translation. Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing health disparities, health challenges across the lifespan, community-based participatory research, medical device development, population health, innovative approaches for clinical study recruitment, and operational principles underlying steps along the translational process.
Research Focus: The pilot and feasibility program is intended to provide seed support for new and innovative research projects directed at basic, biochemical, translational, clinical, and community-based research questions that broadly pertain to diabetes, diabetes complications, and cardiometabolic disease. Pilot projects should be designed to generate sufficient data as the basis for further extramural funding (e.g., R01 applications) in order to substantially pursue and expand the line of investigation. In fact, in order to respond to NIH criteria for competitive renewal of the DRC, a key priority for your application should be to focus on subsequent extramural or R01 grant funding. Thus, your application will be reviewed with this in mind so please provide a short paragraph indicating how the award will facilitate R01 application development and the submission of a proposal. We will entertain 2 year projects if justification for the need is made in order to effectively develop an R01 (you will have to reapply in November of 2017 to get funded for your second year).
The Center for the Study of Community Health will fund up to 4 project proposals for a total of $30,000. Awards provide UAB faculty investigators access to the UAB School of Public Health's Survey Research Unit to develop, collect, and compile preliminary survey data.
Four-page proposals are due on or before 5:00 p.m., CDT, October 31, 2016.
As part of the UAB School of Medicine (SOM) strategic plan, SOM faculty identified five research focus areas that were cross-cutting, not disease or organ specific and aligned with strategic scientific priorities in areas where UAB can maintain national prominence. Inflammation, Infection and Immunity (I3) was chosen as one of the research areas for investment as inflammation, infection and immunity affect essentially every disease process that is studied and treated at UAB. In response to strategic investments by the UAB SOM in I3 relevant research, the I3 steering committee, composed of Center and Division Directors and Department Chairs, is pleased to announce a joint RFA with the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center to fund one or more pilot projects that focus on Inflammation, Infection or Immunity (broadly written) in the context of diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) research. The I3 matching funds can be used to generate key preliminary data and/or to continue advancing projects that are undergoing extramural peer review. Projects, particularly multi-PI projects that have advanced beyond the first stages of planning are especially welcome. Projects that are responsive to an upcoming/issued RFA or will enhance likelihood of continued extramural support will be deemed highly responsive. The recipients of I3 matching funding will be expected to submit their application within 12-18 months of receiving pilot funding and to have the application internally reviewed before the final application is sent to the funding agency.
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