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Newsletter No. 108 -- November 2008

NIH

The Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD) of the NCI supports many extramural research projects in the area of discovery and development of new therapeutic agents and diagnostic tools. In addition to sponsoring individual projects through traditional research grants, the DCTD supports the process of drug discovery and development of anticancer therapeutics by providing access to unique resources to qualified extramural researchers.  These resources include: RAND, RAID, NExT, and a tiered anti-cancer compound screening program.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-CA-09-001.html

Request for Information (RFI): Soliciting Input on Current Needs in the NIH Roadmap Molecular Libraries and Imaging Initiative (NOT-RM-09-002)
Deadline: December 21, 2008
The NIH is requesting community input on challenges and barriers to the Molecular Libraries and Imaging initiative. The targeted items asked are intended to reveal gaps and highlight the opportunities, and to aid in identifying specific, achievable goals that will advance and transform the chemical genomics field. Submit electronic responses to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=J_2bPeeAJGrRWM3l3_2fN4TDKw_3d_3d (note underlines in this URL).
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RM-09-002.html

Neuroimaging in Obesity Research (R01)(NIDDK, NIBIB, NIDA) (RFA-DK-08-009)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: February 18, 2009
Application Receipt Date: March 18, 2009
This FOA issued solicits Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/ organizations that propose to use neuroimaging approaches in obesity research in human subjects and animal models.  Many areas of the brain interact or communicate with other organs to control eating behavior, physical activity and energy metabolism, and functional neuroimaging holds enormous promise for expanding our understanding of how food intake and energy expenditure are mismatched in a setting of abundantly available nutrients, leading to excessive fat storage.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-08-009.html

2009 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program (X02)(NIH Roadmap) (PAR-09-012) (DP1) (RFA-RM-09-001)
Pre-Application Receipt/Submission Date: December 17, 2008
Application receipt date, for those invited: May 15, 2009
The NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program complements NIH's traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transformative approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect ideas substantially different from those already being pursued in the investigator's laboratory or elsewhere. The NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program is a High-Risk Research initiative of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. Investigators at all career levels who meet the eligibility criteria and are currently engaged in research are eligible to submit pre-applications.  Those at early to middle stages of their careers, and women and members of groups underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research are especially encouraged to apply. This initiative is to support investigators who intend to pursue new research directions - research that is distinct from that currently or previously conducted by the investigator. 
URL for pre-application (PAR-09-012):http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-012.html
URL for applications from those invited to submit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-09-001.html

2009 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (NIH Roadmap)(X02)(PAR-09-013) (DP2) (RFA-RM-09-003)
Pre-Application Receipt/Submission Date: January 15, 2009
Application receipt date, for those invited: May 27, 2009
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award is designed to support new investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. Biomedical and behavioral research is defined broadly in this announcement as encompassing scientific investigations in the biological, behavioral, clinical, social, physical, chemical, computational, engineering, and mathematical sciences. The research proposed for a New Innovator Award may be in any scientific area relevant to the mission of NIH (biological, behavioral, clinical, social, physical, chemical, computational, engineering, and mathematical sciences) but need not be in a conventional biomedical or behavioral discipline. The focus is on innovation and potential impact. Investigators (PD/PIs) must hold an independent research position at a domestic (U.S.) institution as of September 19, 2009 and must have received their most recent doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., PharmD, or equivalent) or completed their medical internship and residency no earlier than 1999 and no later than the due date for pre-applications. PDs/PIs must meet the definition of "new investigator."
URL for pre-application (PAR-09-013): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-013.html
URL for applications from those invited to submit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-09-003.html

Other Agencies

Charlotte Geyer Foundation Grants
Application deadline: November 15, 2008
The Charlotte Geyer Foundation provides grants up to $100,000 to help researchers prepare a revised proposal. Current R01 and R21 proposals will be considered by the Foundation for funding if they scored up to the 40th percentile.
URL: http://www.charlottegeyer.org/index.html

Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program
Application deadline: December 5, 2008              
The program offers a one-year clinical research training experience to advanced standing students in U.S. medical, osteopathic, or dental school; or students enrolled in doctoral level programs at U.S. schools of public health, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine , to experience mentored research training at top-ranked NIH funded research centers in a diverse group of countries, including Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, China, Haiti, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia. The program is sponsored by the NIH's Fogarty International Center (FIC) and administered by Vanderbilt University, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Schools of Public Health. 
URL: http://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/overseasfellowship/start.htm

Using Brain and Immune Imaging Innovations to Improve Human Health (Dana Foundation)
Preliminary proposals deadline: November 18, 2008, received by noon
Applicants will be informed within twelve weeks about whether they are being invited to prepare full proposals.

The Dana Foundation's imaging research program focuses on improving human brain and brain-immune functioning in health and disease. The program consists of two tracks. Track A is for conventional imaging (anatomical imaging of white or gray matter and measures of physiological functioning). Track B is for cellular and molecular imaging of biochemical actions of specific brain cells, or their interactions with immune cells. Institutions may submit only one application per track. The program focuses on providing support to faculty researchers who clearly demonstrate the potential to advance in academic research careers, and who are early in their careers, at the assistant professor level, or in the early years of their associate professor appointment. 
 URL: http://www.dana.org/grants/detail.aspx?id=1264

CIP Announcements

CIP DCIDE PROGRAM
The Cancer Imaging Program of the NCIrequests submissions for its Development of Clinical Imaging Drugs and Enhancers (DCIDE) initiative. The goal is the rapid movement of promising, novel cancer imaging enhancers or molecular probes from the laboratory to proof-of-principle clinical trials. See the web site for details.
URL:http://imaging.cancer.gov/programsandresources/specializedinitiatives/dcide

GUEST AUTHOR OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NIH MICAD DATABASE
The Molecular Imaging and Contrast Agent Database (MICAD) program has been developed as a key component of the NIH Molecular Imaging Roadmap to provide freely accessible online scientific information on in vivo molecular imaging and contrast agents. To accelerate expansion of the database to include all published agents, the MICAD program has implemented a procedure for members of the imaging community to write and submit entries (chapters) as guest authors to the database. All members of the imaging community are encouraged to consider this guest author opportunities. For further information, please contact the MICAD staff at micad@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Individual guest authors will be provide with detailed instructions, style guidelines, and a chapter template. The name of the contributing author(s) will be acknowledged and included in the MICAD online publication.
URL: http://micad.nih.gov
URL: http://bookshelf.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bookres.fcgi/micad/infoguest.html)

Notices

FDA Proposes Breast Cancer Thermal Ablation Registry and Requests Comments
The FDA has proposed a new registry and requests comments on whether it "could facilitate standardization of feasibility trials studying local treatment of small breast cancers" with technologies such as cryoablation, focused ultrasound, interstitial lasers, microwave ablation and radiofrequency ablation. FDA also suggests that a registry could lead to breast cancer ablation best-practices and pave the way for larger prospective clinical trials.  Those interested to provide comments should visit http://www.regulations.gov, enter docket FDA-2008-N-0280, click on "Notices" under Document Type in the left menu, click on "Send a Comment or Submission" to enter your comments.  The docket for public comments closes on 11/24/08.

New NIH Policy on Resubmission (Amended) Applications (NOT-OD-09-003)
Beginning with original new applications (i.e., never submitted) and competing renewal applications submitted for the January 25, 2009 due dates and beyond, the NIH will accept only a single amendment to the original application.  Failure to receive funding after two submissions (i.e., the original and the single amendment) will mean that the applicant should substantially re-design the project rather than simply change the application in response to previous reviews.  It is expected that this policy will lead to funding high quality applications earlier, with fewer resubmissions.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-003.html

Revised New and Early Stage Investigator Policies (NOT-OD-09-013)
NIH recently announced the establishment of the Early Stage Investigator (ESI) category4.  An ESI is a New Investigator who is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or is within 10 years of completing medical residency (or the equivalent).  By encouraging ESIs to apply for NIH support, the NIH hopes to accelerate the transition to an independent scientific career with substantive NIH research grant support.  Applications from ESIs will be identified so that the career stage of the applicant can be appropriately considered.  Based on preliminary analyses, it is expected that ESIs will constitute the majority of New Investigators supported under this announced policy.  
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-013.html

Updates and Reminders on NIH Policy Pertaining to Grants to Foreign Institutions, International Organizations and Domestic Grants with Foreign Components (NOT-OD-09-010)
This notice is concerning policy on minor alternation and renovations costs,and reminders on application review criteria, requirement for non-modular budget, method of payment, annual financial status reports, prior approval of any transfer of grant or grant component, allowable facilities and administrative costs, audit requirements,and intellectual property rights and obligations.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-010.html

Meetings

4th Annual Small Animal Imaging Workshop, November 5-8, 2008, Clark Auditorium, Stanford University
URL: http://radiologycme.stanford.edu/2008smallanimal/

5th Annual Memphis BioImaging Conference
November 6-7, 2008, Fogelman Executive Conference Center, Memphis, TN
URL: http://www.membis.org/

8th Annual UT Southwestern In vivo Cancer Cellular and Molecular Imaging Symposium
November 13-14, 2008, Pickens Biomedical Building, Dallas, Texas
URL: http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/utsw/cda/dept103769/files/487140.html
2008 RSNA Meeting, CIP in Booth 2518
November 30 - December 5, 2008, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
URL: http://rsna2008.rsna.org/welcome.cfm
BIROW 6 Workshop
January 15-16, 2009, Bethesda North Convention Center, Bethesda, MD
URL: http://www.birow.org/

SNM Mid-Winter Educational Symposium and Molecular Imaging Clinical Trials Network Community Workshop
February 5-8, 2009, Hilton Clearwater, Florida
URL: www.snm.org/mwm

SPIE Medical Imaging 2009
February 7-12, 2009, Disney Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando Area), Florida
URL: http://spie.org/medical-imaging.xml

4th Annual Symposium on PET/CT and Molecular Imaging
February 12-14, 2009, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
URL: http://radiologycme.stanford.edu/2009pet/

34th Annual Scientific Meeting, Society of Interventional Radiology
March 7-12, 2009, San Diego, CA
URL: http://www.sirweb.org/

In Vivo Small Animal Imaging Workshop
March 23-25 2009, Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging, University of California Davis, CA
URL: http://imaging.bme.ucdavis.edu/events.html

2009 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration (NOT-OD-09-012)
The 2-day seminar provides information about the NIH funding process, from opportunity identification and application preparation through post award administration. Presentations will be targeted towards research administrators, new investigators, post docs and trainees. Opportunities for informal interactions between seminar participants and NIH grants management, program, policy, and review staff are incorporated into the program. NIH electronic research administration (eRA) computer workshops are offered on a day adjacent to the two day seminar.
April 16-17, 2009 - Atlanta, Georgia.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-012.html

17th Scientific Meeting and Exhibition, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
April 18-24, 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii
URL: http://www.ismrm.org/09/

SIIM 2009 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine
June 4-7, 2009, Charlotte, NC
URL: http://www.scarnet.org/index.cfm?id=4324

56th Annual Society of Nuclear Medicine Meeting
June 13-17, 2009, Toronto, Ontario Canada
URL: http://interactive.snm.org/index.cfm?PageID=7878&RPID=1977

2009 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration (NOT-OD-09-012)
The 2-day seminar provides information about the NIH funding process, from opportunity identification and application preparation through post award administration. Presentations will be targeted towards research administrators, new investigators, post docs and trainees. Opportunities for informal interactions between seminar participants and NIH grants management, program, policy, and review staff are incorporated into the program. NIH electronic research administration (eRA) computer workshops are offered on a day adjacent to the two day seminar.
June 25-26, 2009 - Las Vegas, Nevada.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-012.html

18th International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Sciences
July 12-17, 2009, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
URL: http://www.isrs18.com/


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