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Newsletter No. 112 -- March 2009

NCI INFORMATION ABOUT THE AMERICAL RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is working under an accelerated timetable to create a funding plan to meet the stimulus goals set forth in the Recovery Act. Our plan will strike an all important balance between increases in the number of research grants for individual investigators - where there are long-term financial obligations for NCI - and a greater commitment to solicited, team science projects.
URL: http://www.cancer.gov/recovery

RECOVERY ACT LIMITED COMPETITION: CORE FACILITY RENOVATION, REPAIR, AND IMPROVEMENT (G20) (NCRR) (RFA-RR-09-007)
Application due date: September 17, 2009
This FOA issued by the NCRR solicits applications from institutions that propose to renovate, repair, or improve core facilities.  For the purpose of this FOA, a core facility is defined as a centralized shared resource that provides access to instruments or technologies or services, as well as expert consultation to investigators supported by the core. 
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-09-007.html
URL for Update: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RR-09-008.html

RECOVERY ACT LIMITED COMPETITION: EXTRAMURAL RESEARCH FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (C06) (NCRR)(RFA-RR-09-008)
Application Due Date(s):  May 6, 2009 (projects between $2M and $5M); June 17, 2009 (projects between $10M and $15M); July 17, 2009 (projects between $5M and $10M)
This FOA issued by the NCRR solicits applications from institutions that propose to expand, remodel, renovate, or alter biomedical or behavioral research facilities. Budgets for direct costs between $2M and $15M may be requested.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-09-008.html
URL for Update: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RR-09-008.html

RECOVERY ACT LIMITED COMPETITION: HIGH-END INSTRUMENTATION GRANT PROGRAM (S10)(NCRR)( PAR-09-118)
Letter of intent receipt date: April 6, 2009
Application due date: May 6, 2009
The NCRR High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase a single major item of equipment to be used for biomedical research that costs at least $600,000. The maximum award is $8,000,000. Additionally, it is expected that the funds will be expended expeditiously, within 18-24 months from the date of award. Instruments in this category include, but are not limited to, structural and functional imaging systems, macromolecular NMR spectrometers, high-resolution mass spectrometers, cryoelectron microscopes and supercomputers. 
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-118.html
URL for Update: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RR-09-008.html
ADDITION OF RECOVERY FUNDS TO THE SHARED INSTRUMENTATION GRANT PROGRAM (NCRR)( NOT-RR-09-008)
Note to above RFAs and PAR.
URL for Update: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RR-09-008.html

THE INTEGRATIVE CANCER BIOLOGY PROGRAM (ICBP): CENTERS FOR CANCER SYSTEMS BIOLOGY (CCSB) (U54) (NCI) (RFA-CA-09-011)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: May 18, 2009
Application Receipt Date(s): June 18, 2009
CCSBs will be the core of a continued Integrative Cancer Biology Program (ICBP http://icbp.nci.nih.gov/).  The goal of the ICBP is to stimulate the development and application of integrative systems approaches and mathematical/computational modeling to cancer research. This re-issuance seeks to continue those efforts, with explicit emphasis on the development of predictive computational modeling. CCSBs proposed in response to this FOA must be designed to address an overarching cancer biology problem and must include three integrated components: (1) experimental systems biology; (2) mathematical modeling and/or computer simulation (both focused on a common basic or translational research area); and (3) educational and outreach efforts complementary to the goals of the center. 
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-09-011.html

NIH-RAID ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENTS FOR PRECLINICAL EFFICACY TESTING OF CANDIDATE THERAPEUTICS (NOT-RM-09-010)
Receipt date: May 1, 2009
The National Institutes of Health Rapid Access to Interventional Development (NIH-RAID) Roadmap initiative announces the availability of administrative supplements to support preclinical efficacy testing of candidate therapeutics. To be eligible, the NIH grant must be active, and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the competitive segment. The proposed supplement MUST be within the general scope of the peer-reviewed activities and aims approved within the NIH grant.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RM-09-010.html

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI): PRIORITIES FOR BIOMARKERS FOR CANCER DETECTION, DIAGNOSIS, AND PROGNOSIS (NCI) (NOT-CA-09-014)
Replies due by March 30, 2009
The purpose of this RFI is to gather information from the scientific community about the opportunity to identify priorities for biomarker discovery and validation research to be conducted under the auspices of the NCI's Early Detection Research Network(EDRN).
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-CA-09-014.html
EDRN URL: http://www.cancer.gov/edrn

RECOVERY ACT OF 2009: NIH REVIEW CRITERIA, SCORING SYSTEM, AND SUSPENSION OF APPEALS PROCESS (NOT-OD-09-054)
The enhanced review criteria issued in NOT-OD-09-025 will be effective for all applications for research grants submitted for Recovery Act FOAs. These enhanced criteria may not be applicable for some other types of applications (e.g., construction grants). Review criteria for these other programs will be described in the FOAs.
The new scoring system announced in NOT-OD-09-024 will be effective for all applications that are submitted for Recovery Act FOAs. The new scoring system will utilize a nine-point rating scale (1 = exceptional; 9 = poor). The new scale will be applied to both the overall impact/priority score and the scores for individual review criteria.
In addition, the NIH will suspend the appeals procedures (NIH Guide: APPEALS OF INITIAL SCIENTIFIC PEER REVIEW) for investigators responding to Recovery Act FOAs, due to the time sensitivity of the Recovery Act granting process.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-054.html

CLARIFICATION TO RFA-OD-09-003-RECOVERY ACT LIMITED COMPETITION: NIH CHALLENGE GRANTS IN HEALTH AND SCIENCE RESEARCH (RC1) (NOT-OD-09-061)
Consistent with the ARRA goals, domestic (United States) institutions/organizations (i.e., those located in the 50 states, territories and possessions of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, or District of Columbia)who are planning to submit applications that include foreign components should be aware that requested funding for any foreign component should not exceed 10% of the total requested direct costs or $25,000 (aggregate total for all subcontracts and subawards), whichever isless.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-061.html

 

Meetings

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/

Imaging in 2020
September 13-17, 2009, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
URL: http://www.imagingin2020.com/

World Molecular Imaging Congress
September 23 - 26, 2009, Montreal, Quebec Canada
URL: http://www.wmicmeeting.org/dev/

 

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