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Newsletter No. 74 -- September 2004

FROM: Cancer Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute, September, 2004. Electronic Newsletter, No. 74

CIP Web Site: http://cip.cancer.gov/

NIH - New Funding Initiatives
1. SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH PROGRAM (NIH, CDC)((NOT-OD-04-055)
Contract Proposal Receipt Date: November 5, 2004
The purpose of this notice is to (1) announce the issuance of the SOLICITATION OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE FOR SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH CONTRACT PROPOSALS (PHS 2005-1); and (2) inform the public about the opportunities that the SBIR program offers to small business concerns as well as to scientists at research institutions. Of particular interest to the readers of this newsletter:
- 207 Synthesis Modules for Radiopharmaceutical Production
- 208 Targetry Systems for Production of Research Radionuclides
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-055.html

2. INNOVATION IN MOLECULAR IMAGING PROBES (ROADMAP)(RFA-RM-04-021)
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: October 22, 2004
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-021.html

3. CANCER PREVENTION RESEARCH SMALL GRANT PROGRAM (NCI) (PAR-04-147)
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATES: December 20, 2004; March 21, 2005; July 21, 2005; November 21, 2005; March 22, 2006, July 20, 2006, November 20, 2006; March 20, 2007; July 21, 2007. December 20, 2007
The Division of Cancer Prevention of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications that address developmental research in chemoprevention agent development, biomarkers, early detection, and nutrition science. The specific areas of research may include, but are not limited to: Early Detection, including imaging technology. This PA will use the NIH Small Grants Program (R03) award mechanism.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-147.html

4. MOLECULAR LIBRARIES SCREENING INSTRUMENTATION (ROADMAP)(RFA-RM-04-020)
LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: September 22, 2004
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: October 22, 2004
The NIH invites research applications to develop innovative instrumentation to accelerate the pace and maximize the efficiency of molecular library high throughput screening. Investigators are encouraged to collaborate, as appropriate, with investigators working on assay development and on establishment of screening centers for the Molecular Libraries and Imaging Initiative. Applications in response to this RFA should propose design-directed, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven research on high throughput screening instrumentation
URL: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-020.html
NEW LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: January 4, 2005
NEW APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: January 24, 2005
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RM-04-015.html

5. CHANGE IN RECEIPT DATE FOR RM-04-017 (MOLECULAR LIBRARIES SCREENING CENTERS NETWORK (MLSCN) (NOT-RM-04-016)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: August 17, 2004
Application Receipt Date: September 17, 2004
URL for RFA: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-017.html
URL for receipt date change: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RM-04-016.html

6. NIH ROADMAP
The NIH Roadmap is an integrated vision to deepen our understanding of biology, stimulate interdisciplinary research teams, and reshape clinical research to accelerate medical discovery and improve people's health. Most of the initiatives will begin in FY 2004. Other initiatives will start in FY 2005 and beyond, depending upon the budget and other emerging needs. The three NIH Roadmap themes are as follows: new pathways to discovery, research teams of the future, and re-engineering the clinical research Enterprise.
URL: http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/

7. NCI DEVELOPING CRITERIA FOR $200 MILLION LOAN PROGRAM FOR CANCER CENTERS
The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, approved last year by the Congress, provides $200 million, in Sec. 1016. Health care infrastructure improvement program for funding, for loans to hospitals engaged in research in the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer, and designated as a cancer center by the NCI or designated by the state as an official cancer institute of the state, for improving the healthcare infrastructure of the hospital, including construction, renovation, or other capital improvements. It is not known how this loan funding will be administered. The full text of the act can be found on the CMS website (go to the bottom of the page for the URL to the .pdf; look at page 382 in the document).
URL: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medicarereform/

8. NLM RESOURCE GRANT IN BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS/BIOINFORMATICS P41)(PAR-04-142)
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE(S): Standard application deadlines
The purpose of this program announcement is to reissue and update the NLM's grant program for support of the development, maintenance and dissemination of databases or software tools that are unique, of major importance to an important research domain, and sufficiently mature to have a broad, describable community of users. To quality for support, biomedical informatics resources - software, algorithms, knowledge resources - must be of proven value to a large community of users.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-142.html

Announcements

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: IMAGING SCIENTIFIC EDITOR - NIH IMAGING AGENT DATABASE
ComputerCraft Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland, posted May 26, 2004
Computercraft seeks an experienced imaging scientist / editor to provide scientific leadership in the development and maintenance of a new imaging database project at the National Institutes of Health. The individual will work with NIH staff scientists and extramural advisors onsite at the NIH campus. This diversified and challenging position requires a Ph.D. strongly preferred) or M.S. degree in imaging sciences or highly related field; additional post-Doctoral or post-Master laboratory experience is desired. For consideration please submit cover letter, resume/CV, salary history, salary requirements, and U.S. employment eligibility (you must currently reside in the U.S. and be eligible to work). Contact Computercraft for details.
Email:hr@computercraft-usa.com; Fax: 301-493-1288
Mail: Computercraft, Attn: HR, 6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 401, Bethesda, Maryland 20817

SCIENTIFIC CURATOR - NIH IMAGING AGENT DATABASE
Computercraft seeks an experienced imaging scientist to provide curatorial responsibilities for implementing and maintaining the NIH imaging agent database. The individual will work with NIH staff scientists and extramural advisors onsite at the NIH campus. Join our team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals as we participate in the development of a new centralized database of in vivo imaging agents. This innovative database will include agents developed for position-emission tomography (PET), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and optical imaging. The database will be located within the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This diversified and challenging position requires a Ph.D. (strongly preferred) or M.S. degree in imaging sciences or highly related field. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable knowledge of the chemistry and developmental process of in vivo imaging agents, experience with current analytical tools in both chemistry and biology, and a working knowledge of the issues associated with the information technology and cheminformatics required to successfully implement this database. The ability to extract and summarize scientific information in a textual format is essential. Contact Computercraft for details.
Email: hr@computercraft-usa.com; Fax: 301-493-1288
Mail: Computercraft, Attn: HR, 6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 401, Bethesda, Maryland 20817

DETERMINING FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL EFFORT FOR CAREER AWARDS (NOT-OD-04-056)
Almost all NIH supported career development awards (Ks) require that recipients devote a specified minimum percentage of their full-time professional effort (in most cases 75%) to the goals of the career award. In addition, policy requires a full-time appointment at the applicant organization, with salary based on a full-time, 12-month staff appointment. In an effort to address these concerns and to foster more consistent treatment across all NIH Institutes and Centers, the stated policy regarding the determination of full-time professional effort will now be applied to all K awards.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-056.html

NOTICE OF CHANGE IN RECEIPT DATES FOR NIBIB BIOTECHNOLOGY RESOURCE CENTER (P41) GRANT APPLICATIONS (NOT-EB-04-001)
Effective immediately, the NIBIB will accept new Biotechnology Resource Center (P41) grant applications for only one receipt date per year -June 1 for the January Council. Competing continuation, revised and supplemental applications will continue to be accepted for the February 1, June 1, and October 1 receipt dates.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-EB-04-001.html

INTERAGENCY OPPORTUNITIES IN MULTI-SCALE MODELING IN BIOMEDICAL, BIOLOGICAL, AND BEHAVIORAL SYSTEMS NSF 04-607 (NOT-EB-04-002)
LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: September 22, 2004
PROPOSAL (APPLICATION) RECEIPT DATE: November 09, 2004
This solicitation provides an opportunity for an interagency granting activity to promote the development and dissemination of tools to enhance computational modeling of biological, biomedical and behavioral sciences at multiple scales ranging from the molecular to population.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-EB-04-002.html

CSR INFORMATION
CSR has developed a new web site providing advice for clinical research investigators submitting R01/R21 applications: URL: http://www.csr.nih.gov/REVIEW/clin_research_appls.htm
They also have developed a video of a mock study section for applicants to view. URL: http://www.csr.nih.gov/Video/Video.asp

CSR REVIEW PANELS REORGANIZED
The NIH Center for Scientific Review has reorganized the review panels to which the investigator-initiated imaging applications are sent. BMIT is the former DMG; MEDI is the former RNM
Look at the web site to see the Surgical Sciences, Biomedical Imaging, and Bioengineering IRB (SBIB) information with links to the Study Sections.
URL: http://www.csr.nih.gov/review/SBIBIRG.HTM

CIP DCIDE PROGRAM
The Cancer Imaging Program of the NCI requests 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://www3.cancer.gov/bip/dcide.htm

NIH COMMONS
The NIH Commons web site allows all NIH grantee organizations to interact with grants data, to check the status of grant applications, including viewing scores and summary statements when they are ready, and to submit progress reports on line, among a number of functions. Applicants and grants administrators should become familiar with the Commons.
URL: https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/index.jsp

FDA CDRH MEDICAL DEVICE FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM
Receipt Deadlines: Students: June, October, March; Professionals: year-round
The CDRH Medical Device Fellowship Program (MDFP) provides opportunities for health professionals and students to participate in the FDA regulatory process for medical devices.
URL: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/mdfp/

Meetings

THIRD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR MOLECULAR IMAGING
September 9-12, 2004, Adam's Mark Hotel, St. Louis, MO.
URL: http://www.molecularimaging.org/meeting3/home04.php

5TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON RADIOHALOGENS (5ISR)
September 11-15, 2004, Whistler BC, Canada from Sept. 11-15th.
URL: http://www.triumf.ca/5ISR

FOURTH INTER-INSTITUTE WORKSHOP ON OPTICAL DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING FROM BENCH TO BEDSIDE
National Institutes of Health, 20-22 September 2004, Natcher Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
URL: http://spie.org/events/nih

AGA/NIH SYMPOSIUM ON ADVANCED IMAGING AND TECHNOLOGY IN GASTROINTESTINAL NEOPLASIA
October 4-5, 2004, Bethesda Marriott, Bethesda, MD
URL: http://www.gastro.org/meetings/nihSymposia.html

HIGH-THROUGHPUT TECHNOLOGIES FOR IN VIVO IMAGING AGENTS
November 9-10, 2004, Watergate Hotel, Washington, DC
URL: https://cms.palladianpartners.com/cms/1087848422/

SIXTH NATIONAL FORUM ON BIOMEDICAL IMAGING IN ONCOLOGY
February 3-4, 2005, at the Bethesda Hyatt
URL: http://www3.cancer.gov/bip/ncisponsored.htm

SPIE MEDICAL IMAGING 2005
February 12-17, 2005; San Diego
Look for special meetings on Image Database and NIH Funding, as well as a track on Virtual Colonoscopy.
URL: http://spie.org/conferences/calls/05/mi/
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