February 1, 2010

In This Issue:

1. January 2010 Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

2. Application Period Open for the 2010 BNC Fellowship

3. NINR Seeks Candidates for Program Director in Palliative Care and End of Life or Life Limiting Illness Research

4. Recovery Act Funding Opportunity Announcements

5. 2010 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants

6. NIH Grant Application Correction Window Extended

7. NIH Releases FY09 Estimates of Funding for Various Diseases, Conditions, and Research Areas

8. Current Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices


1. January 2010 Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

The 70th meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) took place on January 19, 2010. NINR Director Dr. Patricia A. Grady delivered an update of NIH and NINR news. Dr. Michael Gottesman, the NIH Intramural Director, gave an overview of intramural programs at NIH, and NINR Science Director Dr. Raymond Dionne gave an introduction of the NINR Intramural Research Program. Several NINR intramural scientists presented their research.

Dr. Sunny Alperson (left), the first BNC Fellow in Integrative Medicine at NINR, with NINR Director Dr. Patricia A. Grady.

Dr. Sunny Alperson (left), the first BNC Fellow in Integrative Medicine at NINR, with NINR Director Dr. Patricia A. Grady.

In addition, Dr. Sunny Alperson, the first BNC Fellow in Integrative Medicine at NINR, discussed the fellowship program and her proposed research intervention, called “Mindful Tai Chi.” (Please note: More information about the Bravewell Fellowship is available below).

NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins, who had been scheduled to speak in January, has been rescheduled to appear at the May 2010 NACNR meeting. Information about this meeting is provided below, and visitors are welcome to attend.

Upcoming 71st  meeting of the NACNR:

Date and Time: May 18, 2010, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: NIH campus, Building 31 C Wing, Conference Room 6C6

Information on visiting the NIH campus is available at: http://www.nih.gov/about/visitor/index.htm.

The NACNR meets three times a year to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the nursing, biomedical, social, and behavioral research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice.

More information about the NACNR is available at: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/AboutNINR/NACNR.

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2. Application Period Open for the 2010 BNC Fellowship

The Bravewell Collaborative, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (BNC) have come together to sponsor the joint BNC Fellowship for research in integrative medicine. This postdoctoral fellowship provides a unique opportunity that combines the academic environment of a university with the breadth and depth of the intramural research program at the NIH. The full-time, two-year program includes participation in clinical and research experiences with a clinical integrative health focus, and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration to optimize health and healing for individuals, families, and communities.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen and have successfully completed a PhD or equivalent research-based doctoral degree within the past five years.

Application due date: June 1, 2010.

Please note, in addition to the online application, all applicants must submit a hardcopy 3-page biobehavioral research proposal on a topic relevant to integrative medicine.

Mailed research proposals must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2010.

More information is available at: www.ninr.nih.gov/training/trainingopportunitiesintramural/bncfellowship.

For questions, please contact:

Natalie A. Rasmussen, PhD, RN
Intramural Research Training Director
E-mail: rasmussenna@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 301-443-5061

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3. NINR Seeks Candidates for Program Director in Palliative Care and End of Life or Life Limiting Illness Research

NINR is seeking candidates with professional experience in or related to the science of palliative care and end of life or life limiting illness research to serve as Health Scientist Administrator (HSA)/Program Director in the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA). The successful candidate will join a team of highly skilled, professional scientists who support and conduct clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan. The research focus encompasses health promotion and disease prevention, quality of life, self-management, symptom management, care-giving, health disparities, and end-of-life. NINR is particularly interested in those with expertise in palliative care and end-of-life or expertise in life limiting illness or bioethical research.

The HSA qualifications page is available at: http://www.jobs.nih.gov/hsa/.

The full position listing and application instructions are available on the federal web site USAJobs.gov at:
http://jobview.usajobs.gov/getjob.aspx?JobID=84726168.

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4. Recovery Act Funding Opportunity Announcements

The John E. Fogarty International Center, in partnership with NINR, NIBIB, NIMH, and NIDA, recently issued a Recovery Act-supported Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA):

RFA-OD-10-007: “Framework Programs for Global Health Signature Innovations Initiative (R24)” (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-007.html)

Application Due Date: March 22, 2010
Earliest Anticipated Award: September 30, 2010

Purpose: The Framework Programs for Global Health Signature Innovations Initiative (R24), supported by funds provided to the NIH under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, will provide short-term support to U.S. universities and their partners to create infrastructure, resources, and opportunities for training postdoctoral and post-professional degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DVM, JD, etc) investigators to carry out innovative, multidisciplinary team research in Global Health. The initiative emphasizes hands on, problem solving, and collaborative approaches and may require the development of new training models and new partnerships within and outside the university.

Eligibility: U.S. applicants from public or private institutions of higher education are eligible to apply as single institutions or as consortia with other US or foreign educational and research institutions. Applicant institutions or consortia must have pre-requisite funded awards in global health (see FOA) and must include participation by at least three Schools of distinct disciplines within the participating institutions.

For more information, please visit:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-007.html

Other Recovery Act funding opportunities currently available:

RFA-OD-10-005: NIH Director’s Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas (RC4)

This Recovery Act FOA solicits applications from institutions/organizations proposing to develop and implement critical research innovations in one or more of the following five thematic areas:

  • Applying Genomics and Other High Throughput Technologies
  • Translating Basic Science Discoveries into New and Better Treatments
  • Using Science to Enable Health Reform
  • Focusing on Global Health
  • Reinvigorating the Biomedical Research Community.

Applications are due March 15, 2010.

For more information, please see the full announcement at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-005.html.

For inquiries regarding this announcement, please contact:
Linda S. Weglicki, PhD, RN
Health Science Administrator, NINR Division of Extramural Activities
Phone: 301-594-6908
Fax: 301-480-8260
E-mail: weglickils@mail.nih.gov

Administrative Supplements for the Purchase of Scientific Equipment

Through NIH Notice NOT-OD-09-056, NINR seeks applications for administrative supplements to existing awards to support the purchase of scientific equipment. Applications are due March 19, 2010.

Please see the full notice at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-056.html.

Administrative Supplements for Summer Research Experiences

Through NIH Notice NOT-OD-09-060, NINR seeks applications for Administrative Supplements to provide summer research experiences for students and science educators. Applications are due March 19, 2010.

Please see the full notice at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-060.html.

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5. 2010 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants

For 2010, NIH announces two Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants. One will be held in Philadelphia, PA, April 14-16, 2010, and the other in Portland, OR, June 23-25, 2010. More than 25 HHS and NIH policy experts, as well as grants management, review and program staff, will be on hand to provide a broad array of expertise on the latest NIH grants policy and process information. In addition, the popular NIH electronic Research Administration (eRA) computer workshops will be offered, providing attendees with hands-on experience on how to interact electronically with NIH. Anyone interested in the NIH grants process, including sponsored project office and departmental administrators, principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, should consider attending.

These seminars provide an opportunity for participants to gain a better perspective of NIH policies and programs, network with hundreds of their peers, obtain helpful NIH contacts, and to return to their offices or labs with inside information into obtaining and managing NIH awards. As these seminars are only provided twice a year around the country, they traditionally reach capacity prior to the event, so please register early.

Philadelphia, PA, April 14-16, 2010: The program description and registration are now available at:
http://grants.nih.gov/news/contact-in-person/seminars.htm. eRA computer workshops will be offered on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. This seminar is co-hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University.

Portland, OR, June 23-25, 2010: Registration will open mid-January 2010. eRA computer workshops will be offered on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. This seminar is hosted by Oregon Health & Science University.

For additional information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-10-025 and visit the NIH Regional Seminar Web Page.

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6. NIH Grant Application Correction Window Extended

The error-correction window (the time allowed after the submission deadline to correct errors/warnings identified by the eRA system) has been temporarily extended to five business days for all electronic applications intended for submission deadlines on/between January 25 and May 7, 2010. This extension will accommodate the transition to new application forms and instructions, part of the implementation of the Enhancing Peer Review Initiative.

Since applications submitted on the wrong forms will not be reviewed, the extended error-correction window will provide applicants who submit using incorrect forms or who exceed the new page limits additional time to take the appropriate, corrective actions required to complete the submission process. Detailed instructions on how to re-work an application for successful submission can be found in the Special FAQ section of the NIH eSubmission web site.

Please note: The five-day error-correction window is temporary. The regular two-day error correction window will go back into effect for submissions with due dates on or after May 8, 2010. For more information, please see: NOT-OD-10-042.

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7. NIH Releases FY09 Estimates of Funding for Various Diseases, Conditions, and Research Areas

NIH recently released detailed FY2009 funding information for 218 major areas based on the knowledge management and computerized, standardized tools known as the Research, Condition and Disease Categorization (RCDC) process. The RCDC process was initiated at the request of Congress to provide consistent and transparent NIH research funding information.

The public can use this information to view the total funds spent in each category for fiscal year 2009 and previous fiscal years based on grants, contracts, and intramural research (research conducted in the NIH’s own laboratories and clinics). By clicking on each of the categories, the public can access full project listings for that category and view, print, or download the detailed report. This information is reported in a table titled, “Estimates of Funding for Various Diseases, Conditions, and Research Areas,” available at: www.report.nih.gov/rcdc/categories.

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8. Current Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices

All current NINR Funding Opportunity Announcements, including Requests for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs), as well as Notices of interest from NIH, are available on the NINR web site at:

http://www.ninr.nih.gov/researchandfunding/dea/oep/fundingopportunities.

These items can also be found in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html.


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