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October 2009 Issue

October 1, 2009

In This Issue:

Oct. 9, 2009

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1.    President Obama Visits NIH

2.    69th Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

3.    NIH Director Dr. Collins Receives National Medal of Science

4.    NINR Invites Applications for the 2010 Graduate Partnerships Program

5.    The NINR Summer Genetics Institute

6.    New Recovery Act Funding Opportunity in Community-Based Research

7.    NIH Seeks Public Input

8.    The Second Annual Trauma Spectrum Disorders Conference

9.    NIH Guide Notice: New Application Format

10.  NIH Guide Notice: Clarification Regarding Obtaining Assistance from NIH for Registering and Reporting of Results in ClinicalTrials.gov

11.  The NIH Fogarty International Center Invites Applicants for the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars (FICRS) Program

12.  Current Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices


1.  President Obama Visits NIH

President Obama Speaks at NIH

Photo Caption:  Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and NIH Director Francis Collins listen to President Obama's speech at the NIH campus.

On September 30, 2009, President Barack Obama visited the NIH campus to announce American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding for groundbreaking medical research. The text of the President’s speech is available at:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-obama-announces-recovery-act-funding-groundingbreaking-medical-research.

The video of the President’s speech is available at: http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=15315

A related video on NIH funding and the Recovery Act, "Creating Jobs and Finding Cures," is available at
http://www.whitehouse.gov/video/Creating-Jobs-and-Finding-Cures-The-Recovery-Act-at-Work/.

The video, which features an interview with NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins, is also embedded below (click on the "play" arrow to view the video; 4 min., 8 sec.; may take longer to load on slower Internet connections).

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2.  69th Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

The public session of the 69th meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) was held on September 22, 2009. 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.

NINR Director Dr. Patricia A. Grady presented an update of recent news from the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and NINR.

NIEHS Director Dr. Linda Birnbaum

Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum (left), Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), gave an overview of NIEHS research on the connections between the environment and public health.

The meeting also included discussion of several NINR extramural research concepts.

The 70th meeting of the NACNR, scheduled for January 19, 2010, will feature a presentation by NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins. Visitors are welcome.

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

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3.  NIH Director Dr. Collins Receives National Medal of Science

Dr. Francis S. Collins

NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins received the National Medal of Science award on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the White House. The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering.

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4.  NINR Invites Applications for the 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.

Please note: To be eligible for the NINR GPP, the applicant must currently attend (or be accepted to) a
school of nursing supported by a T32 grant funded by NINR.

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

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

Application due date for the 2010 GPP: December 31, 2009.

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.  The NINR Summer Genetics Institute

woman scientistThe NINR Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) is an intensive program featuring lecture and hands-on laboratory training designed to provide graduate students, nursing faculty, and advanced practice nurses with a foundation in molecular genetics for use in research and clinical practice.

Change is coming in 2010. We are pleased to announce that NINR will continue to sponsor the program on the NIH campus. However, the SGI will be administered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at NIH as one of their Bio-Trac Courses, taught by active scientists. Also, the program will be shortened from two months to one, awarding eight hours of graduate-level college credit.

The online application is now available. For application instructions and more information, please visit: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/training/trainingopportunitiesintramural/summergeneticsinstituteI.

The application due date for the Summer 2010 SGI is December 31, 2009.

The brochure for the 2010 SGI is available at: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/sgibrochure.

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6.  New Recovery Act Funding Opportunity in Community-Based Research

Recovery.gov logo

A new Recovery Act Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was recently released entitled: Building Sustainable Community-Linked Infrastructure to Enable Health Science Research (RC4).

The purpose of this FOA is to support the development, expansion, or reconfiguration of infrastructures needed to facilitate collaboration between academic health centers and community-based organizations for health science research. Such collaboration should transform the way in which health science research is conducted in communities, and accelerate the pace, productivity, dissemination, and implementation of health research.

Application due date: December 11, 2009.

For more information, including NINR program priorities and contacts for this FOA, please visit: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/aboutninr/recovery/cri.

To view the full FOA, please visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-09-010.html.

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7.  NIH Seeks Public Input

The NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison and the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives have partnered to develop a Consumer Health Information Request for Information (RFI) in response to a directive by President Obama calling for greater transparency, public participation, and collaboration from all federal agencies.

In conjunction with the NIH goals for public input and effective dissemination of science-based health resources and information to the public, the RFI will provide insight into and better understanding of the health information needs and information-seeking behaviors of NIH health consumer audiences. Public feedback will assist the agency in developing and disseminating health, medical, and scientific information to a broader variety of audiences.

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8.  The Second Annual Trauma Spectrum Disorders Conference

Registration is now open for the Second Annual Trauma Spectrum Disorder’s Conference: A Scientific Conference on the Impact of Military Service on Family and Caregivers.

The conference will focus on the impact of trauma spectrum disorders (TSDs) on military and veteran families and caregivers across deployment, homecoming, and reintegration. The conference will examine the needs of families and caregivers in support of military and veterans with TSD, factors related to family functioning and reintegration, and effective approaches that facilitate treatment of trauma disorders and services to families and caregivers, paying particular attention to gender and health disparities. Next steps will be developed for addressing research concerns identified at the conference.

There is no fee for attending the conference.

Date: December 10, 2009
Time: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Natcher Conference Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD

For questions, please contact: traumaspectrumdisorders@experient-inc.com.
Phone: (703) 525-8333 ext. 3329

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9.  NIH Guide Notice: New Application Format

Please note the new NIH Guide Notice (NOT-OD-09-149): “Restructured Application Forms and Instructions for Submissions for FY2011 Funding.”

This notice announces that new, restructured versions of the paper PHS 398 and electronic SF 424 (R&R) application packages and instructions will be available by December 2009.

Applicants must download and use the new application packages for submissions targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2010 (funding for fiscal year 2011 and beyond). Changes include significantly shorter page limits and restructured application packages. These changes will affect all competing applications submitted to NIH, as follows:

  • All applications (including individual Career Awards) electronically submitted using application packages that combine the SF 424 (R&R) with PHS 398 components (e.g, PHS 398 Research Plan Component and PHS 398 Career Development Supplement Form);
  • All electronically submitted Individual NRSA Fellowship applications using application packages that combine the SF 424 (R&R) with the PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form; and
  • All applications using the paper PHS 398 application package.

For more information, please view the full Notice at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-149.html.

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10.  NIH Guide Notice: Clarification Regarding Obtaining Assistance from NIH for Registering and Reporting of Results in ClinicalTrials.gov

Please note the NIH Guide Notice (NOT-OD-09-147): “Clarification of NOT-OD-08-014 Regarding Obtaining Assistance from NIH for Registration and Reporting of Results in ClinicalTrials.gov.”

The purpose of this Notice is to clarify the role of the NIH in providing assistance for the registration of, and reporting of results for, applicable clinical trials as described in NOT-OD-08-014, under “Obtaining Assistance from NIH.”

For more information, please view the full Notice at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-147.html.

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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11. The NIH Fogarty International Center Invites Applicants for the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars (FICRS) Program

NINR would like to call your attention to an exciting clinical research training experience for doctoral-level U.S.
students in the health professions, the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars (FICRS) program.

Fogarty Center logo

The FICRS provides an opportunity for highly motivated individuals to experience mentored research training at top-ranked NIH funded research centers in developing countries throughout Africa, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. FICRS is sponsored by the NIH’s Fogarty International Center (FIC), in partnership with 15 NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, including NINR.

Application deadline: December 3, 2009.

To learn more and to obtain an application, please visit https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/scholars-fellows.aspx, or contact
scholars@fogartyscholars.org with questions.

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12.  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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