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Newsletter No. 75 -- October 2004

FROM: Cancer Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute, October, 2004. Electronic Newsletter, No. 75

CIP Web Site: http://imaging.cancer.gov/ This is a NEW Web Address for a redesigned CIP Web Site.

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. INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF BIOMEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEMS AND METHODS THAT ARE CANCER SPECIFIC (R21) (NCI) (PAR-03-157)
    LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: October 20, 2004
    APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: November 17, 2004
    The intent of this initiative is to encourage industry-academic partnerships by making "seed" grants available for the pursuit of collaborative in vivo imaging research projects directed at cancer.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-157.html

  3. QUICK-TRIALS FOR NOVEL CANCER THERAPIES: EXPLORATORY GRANTS (R21) (NCI) (PAR-04-155)
    Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement
    This PA supports scientific, technological, clinical and logistical needs in novel cancer therapy development. In addition, this PA complements the Rapid Access to Intervention Development (RAID) program http://dtp.nci.nih.gov/docs/raid/raid_index.html by providing an initiative with accelerated peer review and funding to support the clinical and laboratory costs of early clinical testing to ensure the timely development of new therapeutic approaches.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-155.html

  4. NATIONAL CENTERS FOR BIOMEDICAL COMPUTING (Roadmap) (RFA-RM-04-022)
    Letters of intent due: December 20, 2004; Application receipt date: January 24, 2005
    Participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health under the Roadmap Initiative invite applications for specialized Centers in the area of biomedical computing. The U54 cooperative agreement mechanism will be used to create the NIH National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBC). These Centers, in conjunction with individual investigator awards, will create a networked national effort to build the computational infrastructure for biomedical computing in the nation, the National Program of Excellence in Biomedical Computing (NPEBC).
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-022.html

  5. REGIONAL TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER PLANNING GRANTS (Roadmap) (RFA-RM-05-008)
    Letters of intent due: December 1, 2004; Application receipt date: January 19, 2005
    This RFA invites applications for planning grants submitted by self-assembled groups of institutions to conceptualize and design Regional Translational Research Centers (RTRCs) to foster more efficient and robust translational research. Once operational, RTRCs will provide a broad menu of clinical research expertise, services, and core technologies to multiple institutions within a region. The goal: to enhance the bi-directional--bench to bedside and bedside to bench--communication that characterizes translational research.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-05-008.html

  6. MANUFACTURING PROCESSES OF MEDICAL, DENTAL, AND BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGIES (SBIR/STTR) (PA-04-161)
    The NIH, CDC, and FDA encourage research related to advanced processing in the manufacture of biomedical products and the implementation of new technologies in medical care. New methods, procedures, measures, and controls are needed for manufacturing a broad range of technologies and products with unsurpassed quality and to lower manufacturing costs for existing and/or new processes. Research is also encouraged that can contribute to the containment and reduction of health care costs and that can improve the cost effectiveness, quality, and accessibility of the health care system.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-161.html

  7. ANCILLARY STUDIES TO THE AD NEUROIMAGING INITIATIVE (PA-04-158) (NIA, NIBIB)
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 1, February 1, June 1 (a month later for amended applications)
    This PA invites research grant applications for ancillary studies to the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a multi-site, longitudinal, prospective, naturalistic study of normal cognitive aging, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and early Alzheimer's disease (AD). Applications may use the R01, R03 and R21 mechanisms.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-158.html

  8. 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/

  9. HHMI-NIBIB INTERFACES INITIATIVE FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY GRADUATE RESEARCH TRAINING
    Intent to apply: January 20, 2005; Proposal submission: June 15, 2005
    NIBIB and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have joined forces to provide start-up funds and sustaining support for graduate training programs that integrate the biomedical sciences with the physical sciences and engineering. HHMI will award up to 10 three-year grants of as much as $1 million each to support the development and early phases of the interdisciplinary programs. NIBIB will provide five additional years of support to the HHMI grantees through peer-reviewed institutional training grants.
    URL: http://www.hhmi.org/grants/institutions/nibib.html

  10. OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM (Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs)
    Idea Development Award
    Online Letter of Intent: Expected by January 15, 2005
    Online Proposal Information: Prior to proposal submission
    Proposal Submission/Approval Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time February 15, 2005
    URL: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/05ocrp.htm

  11. SOCIETY OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE PILOT RESEARCH GRANTS
    Deadline: Application due November 15
    These grants support clinical and basic research by young investigators who are interested in testing innovative ideas while other major grant support is being sought. The funding supports essential materials outside the areas of salaries, major equipment purchases, and institutional overhead or travel.
    URL: http://interactive.snm.org/index.cfm?PageID=1083&RPID=1977

  12. GE-AUR RADIOLOGY RESEARCH ACADEMIC FELLOWSHIPS (GERRAF)
    Nomination Deadline: January 21, 2005
    GERRAF awards provide a stipend of $70,000 for each of 2 years to support original clinical and health services research in technology assessment, health and economic outcome methods, decision analysis in diagnostic imaging, informatics, and related areas of diagnostic imaging. Included in the award is a one-time education stipend of $10,000 to be used for coursework in an MPH or other degree program approved by the Board of Review. To qualify, prospective GERRAF candidates must be board-certified radiologists holding junior faculty appointments at accredited radiology training institutions in the United States or Canada.
    URL: http://www.gemedicalsystems.com/rad/research/information.html

  13. AACR RESEARCH GRANTS
    Online Application Deadline: November 1, 2004
    AACR-Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award: One-year grant of $50,000, supporting any type of cancer research for junior faculty at the assistant professor level.
    Career Development Awards: Two-year grants of $100,000, supporting research on pancreatic cancer, gastrointestinal cancer (focus on small intestine), and angiogenesis for junior faculty at the instructor, research assistant professor, or assistant professor level.
    Research Fellowships: One-, two-, and three-year grants of $30,000 - $40,000 per year, supporting basic, translational, and clinical cancer research and research focused on the HER family pathway for postdoctoral and clinical fellows.
    URL: http://www.aacr.org/1600.asp

  14. AVON FOUNDATION-AACR INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR AWARDS IN BREAST CANCER RESEARCH
    Scholar Application Deadline: December 1, 2004
    This program provides a two-year career development opportunity in the U.S. for junior faculty currently working in countries where opportunities for scientific advancement are limited.
    URL: http://www.aacr.org/AvonAACR_Awards.asp

  15. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICISTS IN MEDICINE and RSNA
    Application Deadline: February 1, 2005
    Two-year partial support of full-time clinical residencies, one in imaging and two in radiation oncology, at the PhD level.
    Application Deadline: April 15, 2005
    The RSNA and AAPM are sponsoring a fellowship for training of a doctoral candidate in Medical Physics.
    URL: http://www.aapm.org

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, MD 20817

NIH Announces Updated Criteria for Evaluating Research Grant
Applications (NOT-OD-05-002)
These updated review criteria will be effective for research grant applications received on or after January 10, 2005 for investigator initiated research grant applications, investigator initiated research grant applications submitted in response Program Announcements (PAs) whether published before or after this announcement, while solicited research grant applications submitted in response to Requests for Applications (RFAs) will continue to use the review criteria described in the RFA.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-002.html

Extended Comment Period for the Draft Proposal for Enhanced Public Access to NIH Research
Information (NOT-OD-04-070) (NOT-OD-04-064)
This notice is to announce and to seek public comments regarding NIH's plans to facilitate enhanced public access to NIH health related research information. NIH intends to request that its grantees and supported Principal Investigators provide the NIH with electronic copies of all final version manuscripts upon acceptance for publication if the research was supported in whole or in part by NIH funding.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-064.html
All comments in response to the proposed NIH Public Access Policy must be received on or before November 16, 2004.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-070.html

Change in Appearance and Format for Announcements in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (NOT-OD-04-062)
NIH has changed the appearance and format of all announcements that are published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The new format includes changes in the organization and layout and are designed to make the NIH Guide more readable and more consistent with other Federal funding announcements.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-062.html

NIH Announces New Address for Centralized Receipt of Progress Reports Due on/after October 1, 2004 (NOT-OD-04-063)
As NIH continues towards its goal of end-to-end electronic research administration, business practices are being revised to improve efficiency and service to the grantee community. Effective with non-competing progress reports due on/after October 1, 2004, NIH is centralizing receipt and initial processing of all NIH non-competing progress reports.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-063.html

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. Call program about grants first reviewed by DMG and RNM now being resubmitted as amended applications.
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

Meetings

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

RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA
November 27- December 3, 2004, Chicago, IL
URL: http://rsna2004.rsna.org/rsna2004/V2004/index.cvn

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/

BIROW 3 - BIOMEDICAL IMAGING RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES WORKSHOP
March 11 - 12, 2005, Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda, MD
URL: http://www.birow.org

ACADEMY OF MOLECULAR IMAGING
March 19-23, 2005, Orlando, FL
URL: http://www.ami-imaging.org/conference2005/index.htm

SIXTH NATIONAL FORUM ON BIOMEDICAL IMAGING IN ONCOLOGY
April 7-8,2005, Bethesda Hyatt, Bethesda, MD
URL: Check http://www3.cancer.gov/bip/ncisponsored.htm

ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY RADIOLOGISTS
May 4-7, 2005, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
URL: http://www.aur.org

SOCIETY OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE
June 18-22, 2005, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
URL: http://interactive.snm.org/index.cfm?PageID=264&RPID=10

IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER-BASED MEDICAL SYSTEMS (CBMS 2005)
June 23-24, 2005, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
URL: http://conferences.computer.org/CBMS2005/index.html

SOCIETY FOR MOLECULAR IMAGING
September 7-10, 2005, Cologne, Germany
URL: http://www.molecularimaging.org/


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