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Newsletter No. 20 -- August, 1999

ITEMS OF INTEREST TO THE IMAGING RESEARCH COMMUNITY:

NIH

  1. USE NEW PHS 398 FORMS
    In April of 1998, new PHS398 forms were issued. Do not continue to use the old forms. Please use the new forms. In particular, the new forms allow the identification of a New Investigator, defined thusly:
    New Investigator. Check the "New Investigator" box only if the principal investigator has not previously served as such on any PHS-supported research project other than a small grant (R03), an Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15), an exploratory/developmental grant (R21), or certain research career awards directed principally to physicians, dentists, or veterinarians at the beginning of their research career (K01, K08, K22, and K23). Current or past recipients of Independent Scientist and other nonmentored career awards (K02 and K04) are not considered new investigators.
  2. INSIGHT AWARDS TO STAMP OUT BREAST CANCER NCI (PAR-99-128)
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: September 15, 1999; Application Receipt Date: October 13, 1999
    In 1997 Congress passed the "Stamp Out Breast Cancer Act" to help support breast cancer research and to raise public awareness about the disease. This act authorized the sale of breast cancer postage stamps (called semipostals) by the US Postal Service with a portion of the proceeds to fund breast cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program described herein will be funded through these monies. "Insight Grants" are a new initiative designed to support innovative pilot studies that will generate new understanding of breast cancer. The goal of the "Insight Grants" initiative is to generate the needed data to provide a substantial test of new ideas and to advance underdeveloped areas of research as identified by the BC-PRG 1998 report (http://wwwosp.nci.nih.gov/planning/prg/bprgtableofcontents.htm). Support of this program will be through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) exploratory/developmental grant (R21) mechanism
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-128.htm
  3. SHARED RESOURCES FOR SCIENTISTS OUTSIDE NCI CANCER CENTERS NCI (PAR-99-127)
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: October 21, 1999 Application Receipt Date: November 18, 1999
    The objective of this PA is to provide institutions that do not have NCI funded Cancer Centers or planning grants with additional shared resource support.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-127.html
  4. IMAGING PANCREATIC BETA CELL MASS, FUNCTION, OR INFLAMMATION NIDDK (DK-99-018)
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: December 21, 1999; Application Receipt Date: January 21, 2000
    The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to stimulate the development of techniques or reagents leading to the ability to image or otherwise noninvasively detect pancreatic islet beta cells in vivo, and measure their mass, function, or evidence of inflammation. This RFA will use the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research project grant (R01), and the Pilot and Feasibility Research Project Grant (R21) award mechanisms.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-99-018.html
  5. SPECIALIZED CENTERS OF RESEARCH (SCOR) IN HEMOSTATIC AND THROMBOTIC DISEASES NHLBI (HL-99-022)
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: December 1, 1999; Application Receipt Date: January 14, 2000
    This solicitation invites grant applications to enter a single open competition for Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) in Hemostatic and Thrombotic Diseases. The goal of this initiative is to support quality basic research, facilitate transfer of the basic knowledge to the clinical setting and stimulate clinical studies in these areas. Such a program will involve innovative technology, a close interaction between the subprojects and contain one or more clinical components.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-99-022.html
  6. THE AGING SENSES: RELATIONSHIPS AMONG MULTIPLE SENSORY SYSTEMS (PA-99-123)
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Eye Institute
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    The above institutes invite grant applications in the area of age-related changes in multiple sensory systems. A major goal of aging research is directed toward the public health issue of maintaining functional independence of the elderly individual. Support for this program will be through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research project grant (R01) mechanism.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-123.html
  7. REVISED PHS 416-1 and 416-9 NOW AVAILABLE NIH
    The revised (12/98) PHS 416-1 (Application for an Individual National Research Service Award) and PHS 416-9 (Application for Continuation of an Individual National Research Service Award) forms and instructions are now available, and may now be used by applicants. For the August 5, 1999 application receipt date, both the 12/98 and 8/95 versions of the forms will be accepted. The new forms must be used for receipt dates of December 5, 1999 and thereafter. The new PHS 416-1 and PHS 416-9 application instructions and forms are available on the NIH grants Web site at
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm
  8. CHANGE TO STREAMLINED NONCOMPETING AWARD PROCESS (SNAP) INSTRUCTIONS
    The purpose of this Guide Notice is to clarify the "Application for Continuation of a Public Health Service Grant (PHS 2590, rev. 4/98)" SNAP instructions as specified on pages 2-3 of the 2590 kit.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not99-127.html
  9. INNOVATIVE RESEARCH IN HUMAN MUCOSAL IMMUNITY (AI-99-011)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: October 15, 1999; Application Receipt Date: November 16, 1999
    The above named institutes and organizations invite applications for exploratory/developmental research project grants to attract new investigators and support novel research into understanding the human mucosal immune system. The mechanism of support will be the Exploratory/Developmental Research Project Grant (R21) award.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-99-011.html

Other Government Agencies

  1. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RELEASES OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH ANNOUNCEMENT-DOD
    Application Receipt Date: October 20, 1999 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
    Recent advances in the understanding of ovarian cancer present unique opportunities that can benefit significantly from directed research efforts. Complementing current research initiatives by other funding agencies, the FY99 OCRP is offering to expand scientific inquiry in four research areas: (1) etiology, (2) prevention, (3) diagnosis, and (4) quality of life. IDEA awards and New Investigator awards will be made. Detailed information is available at the CDMRP website, http://cdmrp.army.mil
  2. NSF Graduate Research Fellowships -- 2000
    This program announcement replaces nsf98143. It may be found at:
    URL: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf99136
  3. FEDERAL PELL GRANT PROGRAM - DoED
    [Federal Register: July 30, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 146)]
    [CFDA No.: 84.063]
    The Secretary announces the deadline dates for receiving documents from persons applying for grants under the Federal Pell Grant Program in the 1999-2000 award year, and the earliest submission and deadline dates for receiving documents from institutions participating in that program in that year.
    URL: http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm; http://www.ed.gov/news.html

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