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Newsletter No. 122 - December 2009

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Letter sent to PIs, Applicants and Signing Officials this past week
Dear NIH PIs, SOs, and Applicants,

Are you planning to submit an NIH grant application?  If so, please note that all applications intended for due dates on or after January 25, 2010* require the use of new forms and instructions. Major changes include:
Restructured forms to align with review criteria
Significantly shorter page limits

These changes apply to all competing applications, so whether you are submitting a new, renewal, resubmission or revision, you must take action now to ensure a successful submission! 

1.  Return to the updated funding opportunity announcement or reissued parent announcement (http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/parent_announcements.htm)  to download the new application package and instructions.
FOAs are in the process of being updated.  See timeline (http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/parent_announcements.html)  for more information.
2.  Be sure to choose the correct forms.  Applications intended for due dates of January 25 or beyond require new forms.
a.   For Electronic SF 424 (R&R):  ADOBE_FORMS_B
b.  For Paper PHS 398:  Revision date "June 2009"
3.       Read the updated FOA and new application instructions carefully

For more details, see the Enhancing Peer Review Web site which has a page dedicated to the upcoming application changes (http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/restructured_applications.html) , as well as a number of additional resources including:
a.  A short video overview (http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/application_changes_video.html)  of the changes
b.  FAQs (http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/faqs.html)
c.  List of related policy notices (http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/policy_announcements.html)
d.  A Training and Communications Resources (http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/training_communication.html)  page, and more.

Sincerely,
NIH Office of Extramural Research
Division of Communications and Outreach
* NOTE: Applicants eligible for continuous submission (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-114.html )who are submitting R01, R21, and R34 AIDS applications should use the old SF 424 (R&R) ADOBE-FORMS-A on or before February 7, 2010 and the new SF 424 (R&R) ADOBE-FORMS-B thereafter.

Funding
RESEARCH PROJECT GRANT (PARENT R01) (PA-10-067)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is a reissue of PA-07-070.
The Parent announcement for R01's was released yesterday.  It now tops the list of parent announcements found at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/parent_announcements.htm
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-067.html

AVAILABILITY OF REISSUED PARENT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR DUE DATES ON OR AFTER JANUARY 25, 2010 (NOT-OD-10-031)
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-031.html

Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (U54)(RFA-CA-10-006)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: January 26, 2010
Application Receipt Date: February 26, 2010
Through this FOA, the NCI solicits applications for the centers for Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) in nutrition, physical activity, energy balance, obesity, and cancer.
The NCI anticipates holding a pre-application conference call on Monday, January 8, 2010 at 2 PM EST to which all interested prospective applicants are invited. NCI Program and review staff members will explain the goals and objectives for TREC, discuss the application peer review process, and to answer questions. Information about this Pre-Application Conference Call will be available at URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/trec/index.html
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-10-006.html

DEVELOPMENT, APPLICATION, AND EVALUATION OF PREDICTION MODELS FOR CANCER RISK AND PROGNOSIS (R01: PA-10-025) (R21: PA-10-026)
Application Due Date(s): Standard dates apply
This FOA, issued by the NCI, encourages research applications from clinicians, epidemiologists, geneticists, statisticians, and translational researchers working in the field of cancer control and prevention to improve existing models for cancer risk and prognosis by developing innovative research projects that use existing data; develop new models for cancer risk and prognosis; and validate new models and evaluate their utility in research and clinic settings.  Applications that are focused on the identification and characterization of prognostic/diagnostic markers are not appropriate for this FOA.
URL for R01:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-025.html
URL for R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-026.html

DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGIES FOR IMPROVED IN VIVO EPIGENETIC IMAGING OR ANALYSIS (R01)(RM-09-016)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): January 4, 2010
Application Due Date(s):  February 3, 2010
The specific purpose of this FOA is to develop revolutionary technologies that will enable in vivo imaging or analysis of epigenetic changes.  The epigenetic features of interest include epigenetic marks, modifying enzymes, effector molecules, the activities of these molecules, or other measures of chromatin state.
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-09-016.html

DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF PET AND SPECT IMAGING LIGANDS AS BIOMARKERS FOR DRUG DISCOVERY AND FOR PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL STUDIES OF CNS DISORDERS (NIMH, NIA, NIAAA, NIDA) (R21:PA-10-023) (R21/R33: PAR-10-024)
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply
This FOA invites research grant applications from organizations/institutions that propose the development of novel radioligands for positron emission tomography (PET) or single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging in human brain, and that incorporate pilot or clinical feasibility evaluation in pre-clinical studies, model development, or clinical studies.
URL for R21:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-023.html
URL for R21/R33: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-024.html

INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES RESEARCH CENTERS 2010 (P30) (NICHD) (RFA-HD-09-012)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 11, 2009
Application Receipt Date: January 24, 2010
A major goal of the NICHD IDDRC Program is to support research that leads to the prevention and/or amelioration of IDD. The intent of IDDRC Center Core Grants is to bring together scientists from a variety of disciplines to work within a Center on the common problems of IDD.  Examples of topics include studies that develop and test novel methods and measures for screening and diagnosis, including functional imaging and studies to follow developmental trajectories of different brain functions, such as imaging, electrophysiology, and others.
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-09-012.html

 

HUMAN BROWN ADIPOSE TISSUE: METHODS FOR MEASUREMENT OF MASS AND ACTIVITY (R21) (NIDDK, NIBIB) (RFA-DK-10-002)
Application Receipt Date(s): March 10, 2010; November 10, 2010
The purpose of this initiative is to develop tools and methods capable of measuring the mass of brown adipose tissue (BAT) in human populations (e.g. amounts in different depots, amounts mixed in with WAT and muscle); to develop new tools to modulate and measure the metabolic activity of human BAT, or to develop additional markers of human BAT tissue mass or activity.
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-10-002.html

MENTORED CLINICAL SCIENTIST RESEARCH CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD (PARENT K08)(PA-10-059}
Application Due Date(s):  Standard dates apply
The primary purpose of the NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Awards (K08) program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.  This program represents the continuation of a long-standing NIH program that provides support and "protected time" to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research.  Individuals with a clinical doctoral degree interested in pursuing a career in patient-oriented research should refer to the NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23).
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-059.html

MENTORED PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARCH CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD (PARENT K23)(PA-10-060)
Application Due Date(s):  Standard dates apply
The purpose of the NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research.  Clinically trained professionals or individuals with a clinical degree who are interested in further career development in biomedical research that is not patient-oriented should refer to the Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development (Parent K08) Award. P
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-060.html

MIDCAREER INVESTIGATOR AWARD IN PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARCH (PARENT K24)(PA-10-061)
Application Due Date(s):  Standard dates apply
The purpose of the NIH Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24) is to provide support to mid-career health-professional doctorates or equivalent who are typically at the Associate Professor level or the equivalent (see Section III. Eligible Individuals) for protected time to devote to patient-oriented research (POR) and to act as research mentors primarily for clinical residents, clinical fellows and/or junior clinical faculty.
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-061.html

MENTORED QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AWARD (PARENT K25)(PA-10-062)
Application Due Date(s):  Standard dates apply
The purpose of the Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25) is to attract to NIH-relevant research those investigators whose quantitative science and engineering research has thus far not been focused primarily on questions of health and disease.  The K25 award will provide support and "protected time" for a period of supervised study and research for productive professionals with quantitative (e.g., mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, chemistry) and engineering backgrounds to integrate their expertise with NIH-relevant research. 
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-062.html

NIH PATHWAY TO INDEPENDENCE AWARD (PARENT K99/R00)(PA-10-063)
Application Due Date(s):  Standard dates apply
The primary purpose of the Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented NIH-supported independent investigators.  The program is designed to facilitate a timely transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to a stable independent research position with independent NIH or other independent research support at an earlier stage than is currently the norm.
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-063.html

RUTH L. KIRSCHSTEIN NATIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AWARD (NRSA) INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH TRAINING GRANTS (T32)(PA-10-036)
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
The primary objective of the T32 program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral research training programs (including those with short term research training) at domestic institutions of higher education with the T32 funding mechanism.   
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-036.html

RUTH L. KIRSCHSTEIN NATIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AWARD SHORT-TERM INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH TRAINING GRANTS (T35) (MULTIPLE ICS, NOT NCI) (PA-10-037)
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35) to eligible institutions to develop or enhance research training opportunities for predoctoral and postdoctoral level individuals interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical research. Many of the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) use this grant mechanism exclusively to support intensive, short-term research training experiences for students in health professional schools during the summer.
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-037.html

Non-NIH Funding Announcements

 

AAPM 2010 SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: FELLOWS AND MENTORS..
Application deadline: February 2, 2010
The Program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility.
URL:    http://www.aapm.org/education/SUFP/  .

AAPM 2010 MINORITY UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER EXPERIENCE (MUSE) FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: FELLOWS AND MENTORS
Application deadline: February 9, 2010
The Program is designed to expose minority undergraduate university students to the field of medical physics by performing research or assisting with clinical service at a U.S. institution (university, clinical facility, laboratory, etc). The charge of MUSE is specifically to encourage minority students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) or non-Minority Serving Institutions (nMSI) to gain such experience and apply to graduate programs in medical physics.
URL: http://www.aapm.org/education/MUSE/

AAPM 2010 RESEARCH SEED FUNDING INITIATIVE AWARDS
Application deadline: February 16, 2010
The application process for one $25,000 Research Seed Funding Awards is now open.  Each grant is for one year and is open to new researchers who are within five years of having received the PhD and have not been the recipient of a grant >$50,000. 
URL:  http://www.aapm.org/education/ResearchSeed/

AAPM 2010 FELLOWSHIP FOR GRADUATE STUDY IN MEDICAL PHYSICS
Application deadline: April 15, 2010
The fellowship is awarded for the first two years of graduate study leading to a doctoral degree in Medical Physics. 
URL:  http://www.aapm.org/education/GSFMP/

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY NUCLEAR AND RADIOCHEMISTRY SUMMER SCHOOLS
Application deadline: February 1, 2010
Summer schools in nuclear and radiochemistry, funded by the DOE, will be held from June 13 through July 23 at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY. 
URL:  http://www.cofc.edu/~nuclear/nukess.html

NOTICE

Updated Vertebrate Animal Worksheet  
Extramural Scientific Program Management Committee workgroup has created a Worksheet for preparation and review of the Vertebrate Animal Section of a grant application.  It includes instructions for applicants, reviewers and NIH Staff.  It includes a worksheet to assist in addressing the required five points of the Vertebrate Animal Section.  The final version of the worksheet can be found at several locations:
Worksheet URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/VASchecklist.pdf
General Guideline for Reviewers from CSR URL:   http://cms.csr.nih.gov/PeerReviewMeetings/ReviewerGuidelines/
NIH Peer Reviewer Guidelines URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/reviewer_guidelines.htm

Meetings

SPIE Medical Imaging Conference
February 13 - 18, 2010, Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California
URL:  http://spie.org/medical-imaging.xml?WT.mc_id=RADVANCEAAE

2010 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration: Philadelphia, PA & Portland, OR
April 14-16, 2010, Philadelphia, PA
June 23-25, 2010, Portland, OR
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-025.html

Ultrasonic Imaging and Tissue Characterization
May 17-19, 2010, Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, Arlington, VA
URL:  http://uitc-symposium.org/

57th Annual Society of Nuclear Medicine Meeting
June 5-9, 2010, Salt Lake City, Utah
URL: http://interactive.snm.org/index.cfm?PageID=9182&RPID=10

Gordon Research Conference: Metals in Medicine
June 27 - July 2, 2010, Proctor Academy, Andover, NH
URL:  http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2010&program=metalsmed

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