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January 2010 Issue

January 1, 2010

In This Issue:

1. Commentary by the NIH Director in Science

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

3. New Look for the NINR Web Site

4. The NINR 2010 Graduate Partnerships Program

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

6. The National Plan for Action from the HHS Office of Minority Health is Open for Public Comments

7. Update on NINR and NIH Funding Opportunities under the Recovery Act

8. 2010 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants

9. OBSSR Summer Training Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions

10. Current Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices


1. Commentary by the NIH Director in Science

Cover image of Jan. 2010 issue of Science

NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins provided a commentary for the January 2010 issue of Science entitled, “Opportunities for Research and NIH.” In this commentary, Dr. Collins described the mission of NIH as: “science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and to reduce the burdens of illness and disability.”

He cited five areas that are “ripe for major advances:” 

  • High-throughput technologies,
  • Translational Medicine,
  • Health Care Reform,
  • Global Health, and
  • Reinvigorating and Empowering the Biomedical Research Community.

He concluded by saying, “Recruiting, retaining, and empowering scientists from many disciplines to work together, supported by a stable trajectory for biomedical research support, are critical to realize the unprecedented opportunities that lie in front of us. It is time to be bold.”

Reference: Collins, F. S. (2010). Opportunities for research and NIH. Science, 327, p. 36-7.  

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

The 70th meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) is scheduled for January 19, 2010. Visitors are welcome.

This meeting will feature a presentation by NIH Director Dr. Collins, an update of NINR activities, and an overview of the NINR Intramural Research Program. The full meeting agenda is available at: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/files/AgendaDraftv4_2_.pdf

Date and Time: January 19, 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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3. New Look for the NINR Web Site

New look for the NINR website.

NINR recently launched a new look for its web site. The changes are designed to help visitors in accessing information on NINR research and funding, training opportunities, publications, and related topics. An RSS feed is also available to make it easier to keep up with the latest NINR news. 

In support of the Institute’s mission to disseminate the results of NINR-supported research to the public and scientific community, the new home page has a designated area to highlight current research advances . The first featured highlight, “Sensory Stimulation Improves Post-Stroke Memory,” presents a study exploring the effect of multisensory stimulation during recovery from an ischemic event to the brain, such as a stroke, on the maintenance of memory function. 

The NINR web site address remains the same: http://www.ninr.nih.gov.

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4. The NINR 2010 Graduate Partnerships Program 

The NINR Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is a doctoral fellowship training program that coordinates training and funding for doctoral students attending a school of nursing supported by an NINR-funded Institutional Research Training (T32) grant. The program combines the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at NIH. To be eligible for the NINR GPP, the applicant must currently attend (or be accepted to) a school of nursing with an NINR-funded T32 Institutional Training grant.

Please note the new application due date for the 2010 NINR GPP: January 31, 2010.  

To complete an online application for the NINR GPP, use the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program application system located at: https://gpp-nih.symplicity.com. 

Please view the complete application instructions available at: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/training/trainingopportunitiesintramural/graduate-partnership-program

For questions about the NINR GPP, please contact:
Dr. Natalie A. Rasmussen
Intramural Research Training Director, Assistant Clinical Investigator
Email: rasmussenna@mail.nih.gov   

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5. 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/announcementlinks/healthadministrator.htm.

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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6. The National Plan for Action from the HHS Office of Minority Health is Open for Public Comments 

The National Plan for Action, from the Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reviews the status of minority health disparities in our country and proposes 20 strategies for their elimination. The Plan is a thoughtful and thorough collaborative effort of representatives from community, faith-based and non-profit organizations, academic institutions, foundations and Federal, State and local agencies. It will be a roadmap for the elimination of the health disparities that burden our nation.

The Plan will be available for public comment until February 12, 2010. Comment forms are set up so that individuals may comment on specific chapters of the report or on the report overall. Comments will not be posted at this time, but will be used for development of the final plan.

To review the draft of the National Plan for Action and provide comments, please visit: https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa/.  

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7. Update on NINR and NIH Funding Opportunities under the Recovery Act

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Several new and reopened funding opportunities are now available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). We encourage you to visit the NINR website at http://www.ninr.nih.gov/aboutninr/recovery for a full list of Recovery Act Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and NINR Staff contacts for information.

Administrative Supplements  

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.

For more information, please see: www.ninr.nih.gov/Recovery/admin_supps_equipFY10. 

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.

For more information, please see: www.ninr.nih.gov/Recovery/admin_supps_summerFY10. 

NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) – Recovery Act FOAs 

NIH has released several FOAs under the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet). OppNet is a trans-NIH initiative to expand the agency’s funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research. For more information about OppNet, visit: http://oppnet.nih.gov

For a list of Recovery Act-supported OppNet FOAs and an NINR contact, please see: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/aboutninr/recovery/oppnet.

RFA-OD-10-003: NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) Short-term Mentored Career Development Awards in the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences for Mid-career and Senior Investigators (K18)  

This Recovery Act FOA solicits applications for short-term mentored career development (K18) awards in the basic behavioral and social sciences (b-BSSR) from three months to one year in duration. The program targets established, mid-career and senior investigators, to support their development of research capability in b-BSSR. Applications are due February 18, 2010.

For more information, please see the full announcement at:   http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-003.html

NOT-OD-10-032: NIH Announces the Availability of Recovery Act Funds for Competitive Revision Applications (R01, R03, R15, R21, R21/R33, and R37) through the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet).

Applications are due March 2, 2010. For more information, please see the full announcement at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-032.html

NOT-OD-10-033: NIH Announces the Availability of Recovery Act Funds for Competitive Revision Applications (R01, R03, R15, R21, R21/R33, and R37) for HIV/AIDS-related Research through the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet).  

Applications are due March 25, 2010. For more information, please see the full announcement at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-033.html

NOT-OD-10-034: NIH Announces the Availability of Recovery Act Funds for Competitive Revision Applications for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Transfer Technology Research Grants (R43/R44 and R41/R42) through the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet). 

Applications are due March 15, 2010. For more information, please see the full announcement at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-034.html

Additional Recovery Act Funding Opportunity

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

This Recovery Act Funding Opportunity Announcement (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.

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8. 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: 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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9. OBSSR Summer Training Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions  

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research announces its Summer Training Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions, to be held July 11 – 23, 2010. The objective of this training institute is to provide a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials to researchers and health professionals interested in developing competence in the planning, design, and execution of randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions. For more information, please visit: https://obssr.od.nih.gov/training/training-supported-by-the-obssr/institute-on-randomized-behavioral-clinical-trials/

The application due date is January 15, 2010. All application materials must be submitted online.

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10. 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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News and Notes is the newsletter of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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